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.

 

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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.





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.





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





Notes on Spinning

6 09 2008

Last night, I taught a spinning class in Charlottesville.  I just wanted to say what a lovely group it is, and to post some reminders, for you, and for me.

2. Work on the continuous drafting. Watch to insure you aren’t releasing your measuring hand resulting in pinch and push techniques.

3.  Keep the draft zone under tension.  Allowing a ‘loose’ draft zone can result in a very woolen looking yarn.  Tension keeps the fibers parallel, giving a smoother surface  to your yarn.

4.  Find harmony with your wheel.  If you aren’t comfortable with your wheel, or your sitting position, height of orifice, etc, your yarn will reflect this.

5. When spinning a single, it should spin back on itself when allowed to drape.  It isn’t spun too tightly just because it does.  As a matter of fact, look at what it looks like when it plies back on itself.  If it looks like a yarn that you want, then you are probably putting enough twist in it.

6.  Don’t consider your homework WORK.  If you enjoy spinning, your homework should be about 20% of what you spin this week.  Spin 20 min, and if you are frustrated, take a break and come back to it.  Almost without fail, beginning students say that walking away from their spinning and returning an hour or more later makes for an improvement in their yarn.

homework was to spin a bobbin of singles, and to then navajo ply it.

7Sorry, Make that #1. Have Fun!  It will reflect in your yarn.

For me, a reminder of what some of you want to do in this class:

1. Work with flax, bamboo, and camel

2. Charkha

3. Wool combs and worsted spinning

4.  Saxony wheel

5.  Plying

6.  Learn to asses the quality of yarn produced, and analyze problems/issues

If I haven’t covered everything, or if you want something added, please e-mail me

maidensweaver at earthlink dot net   or leave a comment on this blog.

Cherri

Hope everyone made it home safely. And I’ll see you next week.