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!
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.
Stop by and visit me Sunday, Feb. 7 between 1:00 and 4:00 at the Spokane Handweavers’ Guild Hall, 606 W. Garland in Spokane. As part of Spokane Arts’ Visual Arts Tour, I and other weavers will be staffing the Guild Hall and providing weaving demonstrations.
I will be weaving on this long-neglected canvas weave project on my little Schacht Wolf Pup loom. The weaving is destined to eventually become a luxuriously soft alpaca and silk scarf. I’ll also be giving out information about my classes and offering a few of my handwoven items for sale. See you in Spokane?