Introducing the 200 Thread Challenge for Fall 2018

 

 

 

 

 

When I teach others, I am focused on the skills students want to acquire to meet their immediate weaving needs. For example, you have never woven before and you want to get started. I have a plan for that. I’ll bring you a loom to use that is completely set up, and we will sit down together, meet the loom and begin to weave. No big preamble to get started, just the basics, and the wonder of weaving for the first time. There is plenty of time to get into the grit of warping, designing and drafting later. For your first experience, I am looking to create a supportive environment in which you are ensured success.

As a weaving teacher/coach, I can come to your home, or meet a public location that works for both of us. We predetermine the amount of time for the session, and perhaps the project you are most interested in completing.

I am introducing my new 200 Thread Challenge Series of projects for the fall of 2018.

This is a series of 4 warps, equally suitable for both new weavers and those with experience.

1. “50 Shades of Grey” Using only black and white warp and plain weave, can you create 50 different shades? What techniques will you use to control the outcome? New weavers may want to explore the impact of unexpected color in a black and white warp. At the end of the session you will have a lovely wall hanging to remind you of your weaving session.

 

 

 

 

2. “What Moves You?” You are presented with a random color warp, how will you weave it? Are you most concerned about color, symmetry, structure or texture? You will be presented with a choice of weft yarns to complete your project. What you decide will help you to understand more about what is important in your weaving experience.

 

 

 

 

3. “The Inheritance” A warped loom arrives,  there are no drafts, and no one to help you, it is just you and the loom? Can you discover how to weave the correct pattern? Do you want to? This exercise will help experienced weavers  see how you will cope with the unknown. New weavers will be given hints to ensure success.

 

 

 

4. “Earn your Stripes” How will you create stripes on a single color warp? Will you use color or structure, or a combination of both. Do you like french linen, plaids or some other combination?

 

 

 

 

 

For small groups, I can bring all of four of my table/floor looms with the projects on them. When we meet, I will help you decide who gets to complete which challenge while we have a good time getting to know one another.  If you are scheduling a two hour session, I will provide snacks and light beverages (water, tea, coffee) as part of the class fee.  In the Bozeman area,  the all inclusive cost is $100 per person weaving.   For that fee, I warp the loom, provide the weft materials, and facilitate a morning or afternoon of weaving fun.

If you are located outside of the Bozeman/Belgrade area and want to schedule a 200 Thread Challenge session for you, your family, or your guild, please contact me (fill out the form below – in the comment please mention the 200 Thread Challenge) and we can discuss if a mileage fee will be needed to cover transportation costs to your location.  For Rates and Options – see Rate Sheet.

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Weave with me.

Our weaving together is important for many reasons. I get to learn about you and encourage you on your life journey and your weaving with me provides me with joy and a sense of community.

Weaving is my happy place. When the world does not work as expected, I can pick up some thread, wind a warp and create a loom-bound universe of my very own to spend some quality time in. The reality is that my output may not be perfect, but I always feel better for having spent the time on the loom. I always learn something, and get new ideas on how to improve my work the next time.

Weaving teaches me several things, as much as I would like order and control, the universe has other plans. I must be careful as I reasonably can in planning, warping, and the weaving to ensure good results. I have to be willing to own my mistakes/missteps and determine for myself what must change in order to improve. Progress may be slow at times but it is not a race to the finish line to say “done, and done”. I have my lifetime to enjoy this, there really is no hurry or timeline to meet except one I create for myself.

My call to action is “Weave with me.” It is an invitation to come alongside and share the joy of just “being” and sharing a common love of fiber art. I have no expectation that you will want to weave what I weave, your life and your weaving needs are not mine. There will be days that you want more information and knowledge, and there will be days when you just want companionable company for the journey. Whether you bring a loom and a project with you for our session or you make use of the looms and projects in my rolling studio, rest assured we will pass our time together pleasantly.

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I purchased a motorhome in order to make it easier to meet you. My plan is to be able to travel to you, I love seeing new places and new people. I also no longer feel the need to move at the speed of sound. On the road, I can slow down a little and spend more time with people. The usual teaching experience for a weaving teacher is a morning workshop or a long weekend pouring out knowledge and technique as fast as one can speak. I know that weaving takes time, and so does learning a new skill. My preference would be for spending a week or two in an area before moving on, time to see where and how you live, make new friends and finish a project of my own. If this sounds good to you or your guild, I invite you to: “Weave with me.” Drop me an email via the contact page and let me know how I can come alongside and enrich you and your guild’s weaving experience.

Let’s spend some quality time weaving together.

 

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