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A Wonderful Group of Weavers

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!

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“While We Teach, We Learn”

Shaft switched rag rug“While we teach, we learn,” said the Roman philosopher Seneca. According to an article that appeared in Time magazine back in November 2011, students who teach others as they learn themselves, researchers have found, work harder to understand the material, recall it more accurately and apply it more effectively.

The article notes that it’s the emotions elicited by teaching that make it such a powerful vehicle for learning. Instructors feel chagrin when their pupils fail; when they succeed, teachers feel what is described best by the Yiddish term nachas: “Pride and satisfaction that is derived from someone else’s accomplishment.” Continue reading “While We Teach, We Learn”

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A Day of Weaving Inspiration

Yesterday the studio saw an lovely array of handweavers’ work. In the morning, eight weavers attended their first session of a study group that will meet once a month for six months. Many of them brought their newest woven items to share.

Last evening Sandpoint’s informal weavers group met here and another batch of recently handwoven items appeared. I feel extremely fortunate to live an an area with so many talented and prolific handweavers.

Please enjoy this gallery of some of the handwoven works of eight area artisans. For best viewing, click on the first picture and scroll through the images in large format.

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A Day In the Weaving Studio

Click on the pictures in this photo essay to enlarge them.