Sunday, March 09, 2008

A Link and some responses to earlier comments....

For those of you who observe Lent, or even if you just enjoy textile art, take a look at Linda Henke's work. The link is to her Lenten series, but you may want to click around her galleries. I especially like the paraments in the Liturgically Purposed Gallery.

Someone (anonymous) commented on a post from about 6 months ago to ask about the yardage to Woolray yarn, distributed by Plymouth yarns. Since the inquiry was knitting related and Woolray was very much a weaving yarn, I assume that the question was regarding a similar knitting yarn distributed by Berrocco. Well after all that verbage, the simple answer is, I don't know.

Wanda asked about the King's Puzzle weaving referred to a couple posts ago. It was done on 8 harnesses. The design is from an old issue of Weaver's magazine. The "trick" to the design is that it's a combination of a fancy 4 harness twill and and a 4 harness overshot threading woven as overshot. The two separate 4 harness threadings account for the need of 8 harnesses.

Wanda also asked about the Jason Collingwood workshop. The topic is Taquete' with the addition of some shaft switching techniques. Since Jason does mostly rug weaving, the recommended warp and weft for the class are geared in that direction. However there are broader applications. To read more about at least one of them click here for Lillian Whipple's description.

Finally...I'm faced with a decision. There's an opportunity to take a class I'm interested in from
Suzanne Halvorson at Heritage Spinning & Weaving. The issue is: there is only one day between workshops. The loom dressing issue can be easily resolved. The question is will I be able to absorb all that I should taking the two workshops back to back like that.

So, here's where you come in: Let me know in the comments if I'm being Miss Piggy and should just stick to Jason's workshop. Or should I go for the whole enchilada and do two weaving workshops at two different (tho' local) locations in 5 days time?

PS: If you live in a milder climate than most of us living north of the 41st parallel, please sit on your hands. Keep those pictures of spring flowers to yourself for a couple more weeks. It's rude....sort of like eating dessert in front of someone who is starving. Thank you for the kind consideration.


  1. wendy e1:47 PM

    People take two (or more) classes in a row all the time at conferences, when there are several teaching sessions back-to-back. It's a great opportunity. Go for it!

  2. I'd say go for both classes. How often does an opportunity like this come along?

    Just keep good notes and use what you learn so you don't forget it. :)

  3. Anonymous3:33 PM

    I say go for it. It's something you enjoy and you deserve it. Look how long you worked and couldn't take advantage of the oppertunity.
    You go Girl!

  4. I usually don't like to go with the crowd, but going to both will certainly take your mind off of waiting for spring:)

  5. I have to vote for the whole enchilada too. You are good at note taking, right?

    As always, you share some wonderful linkage...thank you...

  6. Hmmmm... I've taken one of Jason's workshops (basic rug weaving at MLH) and he provided a *lot* of information. I have pages and pages of notes from Jason's three-day workshop.

    I'd agree that both workshops look great (and you certainly do deserve to take them). I think you should do what feels right to you.

    I can't wait to hear all about what you learn!

  7. You'll kick yourself later if you don't take this opportunity.

  8. Me eight! Eight of us telling you yes, yes, yes!


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