Weaving lessons

2 12 2012

I’m able to offer weaving lessons at Schuyler, VA, Buckeye, WV and Goochland, VA now. Whether you are interested in learning to weave tapestry, or rigid heddle, or floor loom I can teach you. Cost is $50/hr. Last weekend, I taught a wet-felting workshop. It was a private workshop, so I didn’t advertise. We did wall-hangings. We had a great time. Two weeks prior to that, I taught a spinning workshop. Some of these I teach through the Virginia Museum’s Partners in the Arts program. I’ll be looking for opportunities like that in West Virginia. If you are interested in lessons, or booking a private workshop for you and some friends, just shoot me an e-mail. Private lessons are $50/hr, but workshops are priced on a per person basis. I do gift certificates, so you can book a workshop and give gift certificates to up to 3 friends and we can felt or spin together (for a total of 4 participants). 

Currently, I’m working on 4 commissions for the same client. 2 ladies scarves, a man’s scarf and a 4th scarf that is a bit like an ascot. All are handspun chiengora and all will be hand-woven as well. I’ve worked for this client before. She has 2 beautiful collies that are therapy dogs. I love spinning their fiber and they are such sweeties, too. 

My workspace in Goochland is my home; in Schuyler, I have a free-standing studio at the house, and in West Virginia there is a separate studio also. Right now, we are looking for a good heat source for the free-standing studios. Until we get the heat sources worked out, I’m teaching inside the house at each location. 

One last item that keeps me busy (too busy to blog lately, anyway) is that I am an artist-in-residence in the Richmond Public Schools. This year, I have two schools that I work with and my target age group is 4th grade. I’m loving JEB Stuart and the principal, Mrs. Moore is the most supportive principal I’ve met. She has booked every single class to come and spend time with me, the visiting artist. Awesome!  I am felting, spinning and weaving with the 4th graders. They are a loquacious group and i adore them. 

For now, that’s all. I’ll try to post pics very soon.

 





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





More on the local alpacas

23 09 2008

Teri got back with me about all the fun things Fireweed Alpacas is involved with in the near future. Here is a list of some of the upcoming fun:

State Fair of Virginia
Saturday, September 27   9 am – 9 pm

National Alpaca OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, September 28,  12 pm – 5 pm
2280 Camelback Road
Maidens, VA 23012
(804) 556-2526
fireweed@boone.net
http://www.fireweed-alpacas.com

4th Annual Taste of Goochland
Tuesday, October 14
5 – 8 pm
Boy Scouts of America
1723 Maidens Road  (this is actually on our property!  See you there)

Teri is having the open house in Maidens, and it’s a great opportunity to see the alpacas in their home environment.  The “Taste of Goochland” is an opportunity to come out and see what Goochland County has to offer.  It’s a large # of Goochland businesses reaching out to the community to introduce themselves.  It was great last year. Fireweed Alpacas did participate and drew a great deal of attention with their crias and adult alpacas.  There is much more information coming from Fireweed, and an opportunity that my local fiber friends will LOVE!  We can participate with shearing day, and earn fiber to boot.

Stay tuned.

Cherri