Photos of the rigid heddle workshop

18 11 2013

DSC_0004 DSC_0005 DSC_0003 DSC_0002 DSC_0001Just putting up a few pics of the work the students did Saturday at the Rigid heddle workshop. This was a privately booked workshop for 2 friends. They were such fun folks and their works is lovely.

The folding loom is a Schacht Flip and the non-folding loom is an Ashford Rigid Heddle loom.

The ladies had taken a dye workshop the day before with Barbara Gentry of Stony Mountain Fibers and used some of those beautiful yarns in these weavings. Barbara is a very knowledgable fiber artist with a great retail selection on Hammocks Gap Rd just north of Charlottesville. I’ve long enjoyed her kind, creative personality, and she has provided supplies for my classes. I also think that one of my early looms came from her file box of people selling used looms.

Anyway, the workshop was fun and as usual, I’m humbled by the beautiful work my students have created.

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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.

 





Weaving lessons available in Goochland, Schuyler, VA and Buckeye, WV (near Cass).

13 10 2012

I’m now set up with looms and spinning wheels in 3 locations to teach. If you are interested in learning to weave or spin, scribble out an e-mail and let’s get something booked. Lessons are $50/hr. Count on 2 hours for the first lesson. If you are working on a rigid heddle loom, that might be the full session you need. If you are on a floor loom, it’s a more time-consuming process. Spinners should count on a series of 4 one hour lessons and homework in between. Things you might want to bear in mind as you consider classes:

1. The process is the same whether you do a bookmark or a blanket, so start out with a bookmark, because what you really need to learn first is how to dress the loom. A bookmark might take you 1.5 hours to set up, where a blanket might take you 15 hours of instructional time. That’s a $ difference of about $675.00! I know it’s difficult to shell out $100 to weave a bookmark, but you aren’t paying for the bookmark, you are paying for Knowledge and help in becoming a weaver. It’s an investment in your future as a weaver/craftsman/woman.

2. To begin with, inexpensive yarns, like RedHeart are great to learn on. Move on to finer yarns as your skills improve.

3. If you book a lesson, show up for it on time.

4. Your best improvement will come from practice, so plan on doing homework. 

Hope to hear from you soon! maidensweaver at earthlink dot net





Completing a commission

8 10 2012

Today, I’ll remove the current chiengora commission. It’s both hand-spun and hand-woven. It’s been a joy to work with, and now, I begin the grieving process that accompanies the releasing of each of my more time consuming and personal pieces. It’s tough. It will be delivered on Friday.





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

 





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!





Rigid heddle weaving class

13 12 2011

I’m trying to put together a Rigid Heddle weaving class in Goochland (just west of Richmond), VA for January 2012.

If you’re interested, let me know. Currently, it looks like a Sat, or Sat/Sunday workshop will be best. Cost is based on the # of hours.

Usually, a 6 hour workshop (10am – 4pm) is about $125.00 + materials. This limits us to keeping the lesson to learning the basics of dressing the loom, and weaving off a small, potentially short piece, like a simple scarf, using a single weft. We would cover measuring the warp, dressing the loom, weaving off a single warp, removing from the loom, and finishing/wet-finishing. It would be a “run-through”

A 2 day workshop is difficult for out of town students because of the additional cost of a hotel, and the nearest hotel is 20-25 minutes away. However, a 2-day workshop would be 10-4 on Saturday, 2 hours of independent work time, from 4-6, which is without the instructor (rather like “Open studio”). Then we would return on Sunday and continue class from 10-4 again.  The two day workshop, with open studio time would mean students who are using looms from my studio could complete a larger, more complex work than in a shorter class. It would also be a much more relaxed weaving/learning experience for slower students. Class fee for the 2 day workshop would be $250.00 + materials fee. Overnight accomodations would be the responsibility of the student, but I’m happy to offer suggestions.

Is anyone interested? If so, what dates are best for you?