One opening remains in the Rigid Heddle Weaving Workshop

11 01 2012

I have one spot left in the workshop on Saturday, 1/21/2012.

It’s a one day workshop on learning to set-up and weave on rigid heddle looms.

9 am – 4 pm, Goochland County, Va. Lunch is provided

Cost: $100.00

Call me: 804.556.9875

or Paypal the class fee to maidensweaver@earthlink.net

 

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Currently in the studio

15 12 2011

Currently, I’m working on 3 chiengora commissions. One tapestry, and one just yarn, and a third that is a hand-spun and handwoven afghan. My friend, Jeanne, is doing some of the carding for me, as I simply cannot stay on top of all of this, the sewing classes, and my cycling!

A couple folks “liked” the posts about the spinning class and the rigid heddle class, so perhaps there is some interest. I’ll make a decision, based on your feedback, by 12/22, and post a class proposal. We will see if I get enough registrants to run a class. It only takes 4 students to fill a class, as I’m teaching from the studio in my home now;0) That means that lunch comes with a workshop, as long as you are willing to eat what I cook, which is usually rather omnivorous.

Gotta get back to the spinning wheel. There’s a lotta dog to be spun up.

Will post pics soon.

Joy!





Learn to Spin Yarn from the Spinning Wheel

13 12 2011

I’m organizing a spinning class for January 2012. It will be a beginners spinning class. If you are looking for a spinning class, or workshop, please let me know what date/s work for you. A series of 4 classes over a month is best for most students, as you benefit most from at-home work between lessons. Cost for a 4 class series is $140.00 and will provide 10 hours of instruction, if you attend all classes. Make-up classes are not free-of-cost. If you miss a class, you may purchase a 1 hour make-up lesson for $40.00.

Students interested should contact me so we can organize the class on a date that will work for you!

Spinning wheels are available for rent to students who do not have their own. REntal fee: $50/month.  Spinning wheels are only rented to current students and only during the dates of their class session.  Students may bring their own fiber, or pay materials fee for fiber to be used in class.





Returning to Richmond and am available for lessons!

17 10 2011

I’m heading back to Richmond today, but won’t arrive until tomorrow night. Upon my return, there are a couple of commissions waiting, and a couple of weaving students. I am available for private lessons, but you need to have your own loom, or be willing to work on a table-top/tapestry or rigid heddle loom for the beginning, as I’ve rented the other looms out for now.

I’m also available for spinning lessons. Spinning wheels are available for your use in the spinning classes. Private lessons are $40/hr. and I try to accomodate your schedule, but don’t offer private lessons on weekends.  If you have 3 or more people interested in a workshop, however, we can usually find an available weekend for a 6 hour workshop.

The commissions are for a chiengora tapestry, that I’ve been working on for a year. Tapestries take me a while. And a chiengora throw from a beautiful collie. Both commissions are both handspun and hand-woven.

Looking forward to working with you in the studio, which is now located at my home in Goochland.





Wet-felting workshop was wonderful

12 12 2010

Yesterday was the latest wet-felting workshop. It was privately booked, with the understanding that I would guarantee the class , but if additional students were interested, I could register 2 others.  We held the class with 2. Although there were numerous inquiries about the class, everyone wanted to know when the “next” one is. The answer is generally the same….. whenever you book one, and then I will advertise to add to it. I book my classes based on demand.  If a student is available, and wants to book for 2  people, I’ll guarantee the class, and attempt to increase registration.That way, when the weekend is reserved on my calendar, I definitely have a class, and you are guaranteed a class, rather than receiving a cancellation at the last minute.

Anyway, here are some pics of the class. We had fun, and the hats were precious. We made hats, and embellishments.

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Pics of what’s going on in the studio

2 10 2008

Well, the show and tell social last night was nice.  Several students brought work that really inspired all of us.

On another note, here are some pics of what’s going on in the studio this week.  Most of the pics are the studio at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, which is a beginning class.  The twill sampler in vibrant colored warp, with black weft is not being done by a beginner, and it is a ‘project’ from the Jan./Feb. Handwoven magazine.  If you decide to weave it, check a later issue for a minor ‘correction’ in the treadling/tie-up.  You also might find the correction online.  It’s a lovely piece. 

There are pictures of the kid mohair yarn commission finished (440 yds).  How not to treat a loom.

Other pics are my Wool Ease yarn for a ‘vibrant’ piece of my own.  I’m weaving a double-weave throw, and wanted something washable. I don’t usually weave acrylic, but this will suit my purposes very well.  My friend/student Jody does a good bit of acrylic yarn weaving, and I guess, I’m learning that there is a time and place for many things.  I have the sweetest students:0)

Most of the equipment is moved into the school where I will be artist in residence.  Today, the loom went, spinning wheel, yarn, fiber, etc.  The big project we will be working on is hand-felted panels (10’X4′) to exhibit at the school.  We are looking for other exhibition opportunities also.  The school is right next door to a cultural arts center that teaches weaving,so it shouldn’t be difficult to find support, right?

On to other things.  It’s midnight, and my coachman just dashed into the hole in the baseboard.

g’night.





Wet-felted Vessels class

24 09 2008

If you ask me why I love to teach, I would show you pictures of todays class on Wet-felted vessels.  The students were FUN, the medium is a fave of mine, and the results were astonishing.  I’ve uploaded pics to the webshots website and will post a few here also.

I’m too tired to re-cap the class, as I returned to Richmond, and taught my evening weaving class, which is going very well.  I’m also including some pics of what’s going on there:

One student is weaving m’s and o’s with tencel (sorry, that’s finished), she is weaving maltese cross from Davison, another is weaving Rambler Rose from Davison (black on black alpaca weft on a silk/alpaca warp, another tencel piece, and the beautiful plum/purple piece.  This class is being offered 2 times in spring 2009 at 2 different art centers.  Please check my class schedule page for more information on these March classes.

Please ask questions if you like, as I’m probably not being very thorough tonight.  The many pictures of the workshop are here: http://good-times.webshots.com/album/567360561LVYzGC?vhost=good-times