Well, Winter Sessions have finished and Spring Break brings a much needed teaching break. This was my first year teaching the Spinning and Dyeing class at Place des Arts, and along with teaching some new Intermediate Weaving workshops, I experienced a very steep learning/teaching curve. This meant preparing for class, spinning and weaving numerous samples, preparing dyes, making handouts, testing drafts, and general thinking about what to teach and how to teach, and most of all, making sure everyone had enough attention and materials. I poured 100% of my focus and passion into this and was constantly reminded of why I love, love, love teaching. The students were happy and said that they enjoyed the classes, and learned a lot. Not everything went perfectly, of course, and I have notes and feedback that will help the next sessions run even smoother.
Fibres West 2015, held last Friday and Saturday, was a wonderful 2 day event, with shopping available from over 50 vendors, classes available in felting, knitting, spinning and lace making, and demonstrations from both guilds and makers. The colour seminar from Jane Stafford opened my eyes to new ways to put colours together simply and effectively, and I certainly will try some of her suggestions. I particularly loved walking around and talking to friends old and new. I brought some of my work to show to the vendors I purchased materials from last year how I used the fibres and yarns. I also really enjoyed seeing the work of some of my students – fabulous fun to see where they pushed the boundaries. Lately, I’ve been spinning:
These yarns from West Coast Colour and Carding, have marvelous depth of colour and subtle nuances, hard to see in the pictures, but wonderful in the yarns. Reminds me of river rocks in the sun and dappled shadow. The next challenge will be to actually make something from the yarns I spun!
And I have been weaving:
This scarf is in deflected double weave, in Zephyr wool/silk, set and woven at 20 ends per inch. It was so open on the loom, and was a challenge not to beat too hard. Washed and finished, it has a lovely soft drape, you just have to feel it!
The rest of my weaving over the last two months has been for classroom samples. More on that at a later date.