Thursday, May 28, 2015

Shut Up And Take My Money

Don't forget to sign up for the ONLY workshops I'm teaching this season...

My joomchi workshop at the Morgan is June 6th & 7th...

...and my two week-long weaving intensives at Praxis run June 8th-12th and June 15th-19th.

Remember...these are my ONLY ONLY ONLY workshops until next get signed up now!

Come know you'd love to spend two weeks with me.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Everything Awesome About Warps & Wefts

As promised, more info on my upcoming workshops at Praxis Fiber Workshop...

"Everything Awesome About Warps & Wefts" is a duo of weeklong intensives focusing on weaving & weaving-related dye techniques.  The two classes may be taken separately or as a pair.  Both classes center on an introduction to weaving...covering material calculation, loom set-up, and basic weave structures.

Week one (Warps) will focus on ikat...binding and dyeing of the warp threads (the ones attached directly to the loom...oriented front to back) to generate pattern and imagery.  We will cover traditional ikat (which relies on immersion dyeing), as well as direct application of dyes via paintbrush.

Week two (Wefts) will focus on kasuri...binding and dyeing weft threads (the ones oriented left to right...that the weaver can manipulate freely) to generate pattern and imagery.  Students will utilize traditional kasuri (immersion dyed), and dye-painting.

Students wishing to take both classes will have the option (and skill set) to combine both ikat and kasuri during week two...creating an incredibly complex woven image.  Students with previous weaving experience (including those from week one) will be given more advanced instruction pertaining to weave structures.  All skill levels are welcome.

"Warps" runs June 8th-12th, 9:30-4:00.  "Wefts" runs June 15th-19th, 9:30-4:00.  They are priced at $525 each, which is a steal for five days of specialized instruction.  I've requested that the classes be capped at eight students you need to hurry to reserve your space.  Registration is through CIA's Continuing Education program.  The registration deadline is June 1st.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

What did you do this week?

No time for pictures lately, so you'll need to make do with this current photo of the indigo.

What did I do this week?  In no particular order...
-moved 5 yards of dirt by hand
-reconfigured the garden to make use of the dead space between the beds
-bore-sighted a pair of ARs that haven't been to the range yet
-ripped the decking off the boat (too heavy!)
-sanded & repainted the boat
-picked up new herbs to replace the ones that were choked out by mint
-helped Michelle build a birdhouse for Mother's day
-picked up a sick Michelle from school
-bought a new suit (loooooooove it!)
-rebuilt the IFAKs
-began the arduous task of sorting things for our yard sale later this month

The new plum trees have been in for a few weeks, and are covered in leaf buds.  They have been surrounded with an eight foot fence to keep the evil (but delicious) deer away.  Said fence proved useless in regards to my neighbor's overzealous dog, however.  The replacement strawberries are beginning to send runners.  It looks like a rainy week ahead, so it's unlikely anything will go into the garden just yet.  Although, I'll try to get the new herbs that are known runners into pots anyway (no more crowding other plants...).

WORKSHOPS! WORKSHOPS! WORKSHOPS!  My two day joomchi workshop at the Morgan is June 6th & 7th.  I'll also be doing a pair of weeklong weaving intensives at Praxis Fiber Workshop (in partnership with CIA).  Under the banner "Everything Awesome About Warps & Wefts", week one will focus on ikat (painted warp) and week two will focus on kasuri (painted weft).  The classes may be taken singularly or as a pair, and are suitable for weavers of all skill levels...from novice to expert.  Week one (Warp) runs June 8th to 12th.  Week two (Weft) runs June 15th to 19th.  I'll give a more thorough report next time.