There has been two remarkable workshops this month. Gatakers in Maryborough hosted the first and a week later, the second was in my studio school. I am feeling very blessed to have spent time with both groups of weavers sharing their journeys of wonderment.
At Gatakers in Maryborough there was this sign in the studio. I thought that it was appropriate. Maryborough have laid claim to Mary Poppins as P L Travers, the author was born there.
In the studio there were four weavers: one was a beginner and the other three explored aspects of double weave.
I’d like to share their journeys.
Gloria is now a weaver. In five days she explored structure, colour interplay and some finger manipulated techniques. She started from never having threaded a loom to this.
The three weavers doing double weave each had a different threading. The first few days was spent exploring some basics.
Then each worked on their individual areas of study. It was great having the three different threadings as each weaver could learn from the others.
Anne wanted to explore aspects of pick up.
Karen explored structure on different layers. She even completed a small project with a complex interplay of colour, twills of different balance and supplementary wefts. All the activity is on the front while the back is just plain weave.
Chris explored double weave blocks. As her blocks were very small she could also play with warp and weft floats.
It was a very special week. Here’s an overview of what they achieved.
The following week there were two students in the studio exploring “From a Twill Threading”. I’d set up the looms to explore different aspects. It’s always interesting to see what aspect excites and where the development of ideas takes them. Sue was a new weaver while Jennie had more experience.
There were some basic techniques to be covered but also time to explore “What if?”. According to Jennie she really appreciated what she called “thinking time”: yes there was plenty of theory.
Sue weaving corkscrew twills on a parallel threading.
Jennie weaving twill blocks with colour interplay.
Here’s what they’d achieved by the end of the week. (Jennie’s collection and then Sue’s)
I’ve included some close ups of their work because I found what they chose to do fascinating. You might too. Unfortunately I didn’t take many close up details of Jennie’s work. She had to leave early and rushed out the door.
At 4.00 on the last day, Sue ( a beginner weaver) decided that she’d really like to try the draw loom. She found it a fascinating experience choosing what to do with her blocks of twill. And yes, Sue put into practice what she’d been playing with and went “back and forward”. Random blocks she called this. It’s great to see someone on a loom that looks complicated but makes sense when she weaves on it.
It truly has been a remarkable two weeks. Congratulations to all weavers!
Next month in the studio, the next class is “Beyond the basics”. We’ll explore profile drafting and converting them into classic weave structures. There’s one place left.