Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Brief Workshop Redux

I got home this past Tuesday evening from the 5 day workshop with James Koehler, part of this year's Michigan League of Handweaver's  summer workshops at Hope College in Holland, Mi..  (Do I win some kind of award for creating a sentence with the most links in it?!)

Anyway....The experience was phenomenal.  It reminded me a lot of my time at Penland two years ago.  Mostly because what James provided for us could be viewed as 3 workshops combined into one experience.  The topic was Color & Design I.  In reality it was:
  1. A Design Workshop
  2. A Color Theory Workshop
  3. A Tapestry Techniques Workshop.
James covered parts of each topic each day with assignments with paper and pencil, on the loom, with Color Aid paper, and with yarn.  We warped our loom with pre-wound warps for a total of 4 projects.  Most of us got about 1.5 of them with woven.   But we have copious notes from the lectures on how to complete them. 

Most of us were working on floor or table looms rather than tapestry looms.  The standing joke was:  "How many of us have advanced our warp more than 4 times in the past 5 days?"

With 7 of us in the class, it was like having semi-private guidance and instruction.

I highly recommend James as a patient, encouraging instructor.  Not to mention the inspiration that his body of work provides.  Much of his work can be seen in color plates in his new book, Woven Color.  Of course a copy came home with me.

Now.....I must get back to the loom.  Too much of this week has gone to getting control of the mayhem at home from the replacement window project. 


  1. I just love it when you get to go do a workshop!

    Thanks for the links, it sounds like it was a wonderful 5 days.

  2. I heard his interview and thought that I'd love a workshop by him, as if. He was such a gentle man. I was attracted by the peace in him as well as his comprehensive yet unassuming knowledge. You've been blessed.


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