Sunday, July 13, 2014

Regrouping After Folk School

The last couple of weeks have gone by with a blur, and I am still trying to process all of it. 
I spent last week at John C. Campbell Folk School, which is in Brasstown, NC, being an assistant instructor to Beth Johnson’s weaving class. 
There were nine students who were sampling in preparation to weaving a coverlet, which meant working out how to weave overshot and lots of drafting. 

Student Exhibit of Overshot Samples

They were a great group and came away with lots of new ideas and techniques. 
Hopefully when each of them returned home they will weave their coverlet or a throw. 

I am still trying to process all that I have learned and have experienced. 
If you have not been to or heard of the Folk School then please
 use this link to find out about them. 

This is a unique craft school with all types of classes, lots of music, 
in a beautiful setting and a lot of good food. 

Beginners and experienced alike can learn a new skill or improve an old one by the large variety of one week and weekend classes that they offer year round.
 My favorite part of the school is the music. 
Each day begins with Morning Song which is usually story telling mixed with a banjo or fiddle player to begin your day with a smile. 

Keith House where Morning Song is each morning.

This week, I have been playing catch up on house and yard chores 
before I can settle back into the studio next week.
 I have a lot of work to do, and 
I have my own coverlet planned to weave some time soon I hope. 

Beth's coverlet she wove as a teenager.

Antique coverlet

Student reproducing her great, great grandmother's coverlet.

Weaving Studio at John C. Campbell Folk School.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Folk School

Next week I will be at John C. Campbell Folk School as an assistant instructor
 in  Weaving Your Coverlet workshop, taught by friend and talented weaver/musician
Beth Ross Johnson. 
If you have never heard of the folk school please use the link for their web site  and check them out. 
It is one of my favorite places having been there several times as a student in rug weaving workshops but this is the first time as a studio assist.
I am looking forward to all the nice people,
great food and lots of music in this special place. 

Pic from Oct. 2007, last time I was there.

I’ll post lots of pictures for you of the school and the class work on my return.
Hope you are having a great summer so far. 
Have a safe and happy fourth!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Fall Finish

On the first day of summer I have a couple more fall finishes.

Bird with his own tiny pumpkin sitting on a pumpkin pincushion.

A wooly pumpkin with a real pumpkin stem.

This is the last of the fall UFO’s to finish for now.

 Some of my yarn orders are starting to come in


so I will be back to weaving next week.

Happy Summer to all!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Back To Work

After the studio tour this past weekend and a few days rest, I am back to work.
The tour was great with the majority of visitors and sales on Saturday. 
I love to meet and talk to the varied and interesting people who came to my studio. 
I especially enjoyed the young people who are interested and so eager to learn.
 I had one young lady who sat at a floor loom and threw a shuttle for the very first time! 
Maybe she was inspired to be a future weaver and carry our tradition on.

 If you live in or close to this area, the next studio tour will be December 5 thru the 7th
The holiday tour is a great time to pick up gifts for friends and family 
but also a great time for that special holiday treat for you! 
I already have specials planned for that tour which I will begin working on soon.

It is hard to believe that I am already making items for Fall and Christmas.
 Time will fly by and be here before we know it so I am planning way ahead of time. 
I have a few UFO’s lying around, one of which was this little stack of pumpkins. 

There are a lot more UFO’s to finish in between working on the planned projects 
and of course there is always room for inspiration too!

A big Thank You to all for a wonderful tour weekend!