The biographies of bygone handweavers who kept the art of weaving alive when it had largely been laid aside or who took it to new heights provide not only interesting reading but are motivating in ways quite different from contemporary weaving. Without their drive and dedication to the preservation and development of weaving, I might have never been exposed to the craft that has become so integral to my life.
In the Fall of 2012, seven weavers enrolled in a six-week rug weaving class here at Blue Flag. The group not only embraced weaving rugs with a passion, but thoroughly enjoyed each others’ company to the extent that most of them choose to continue meeting after the class finished. It was decided that I would offer a six-month long “rug group” for them that would meet monthly and be part study group, part workshop, part show-and-tell and a great deal of laughter and camaraderie.
Twice a year, a new six-month session begins.The group has moved far beyond just rugs. Attendees have come and gone over time, but the group still includes three women from that initial six-week class that took place over three and a half years ago.
The second meeting of the current session took place on March 31. The group is now made up of those three veterans – Kathy, Patty and Marilyn – as well as six others. Most have been attending for at least a year or two.
I can no longer really call them my “students.” They have all grown into accomplished weavers of rugs and many other textiles. They teach me as much as I teach them and we all gain inspiration and encouragement from each other.
Here are some of the lovely things they brought to share last Thursday. All of the photos may be viewed as a large scale slideshow by clicking on on of the thumbnails you see here. Enjoy!