I've added more dates to my teaching schedule. I'm so excited about this and I'm especially happy that people keep signing up! I really think that people are looking for a connection not only to others but also to making something with their hands.
I realize that there are other classes available in Vancouver but I'll tell you why mine is a bit different. I have small class sizes. The maximum amount of students that I take in a class is 5. More one on one with the teacher is priceless. So that's what I have chosen to do.
I offer only natural fibres to weave with. That includes wool, silk, linen, cotton, jute, alpaca, etc... As part of my own weaving practice, I only use natural materials because I think they are the most beautiful but also if they do end up in the landfill, they take short periods of time to decompose. And so, I want to offer this to my students as well. I never discourage students from experimenting with different things on their own but the materials that I bring to class are always natural. These materials aren't cheap as anyone who has bought good quality yarn knows but I think there is something special with working with beautiful yarn.
One of my favourite things about teaching is just watching new weavers fall in love with this special medium. They're quiet, they experiment, they create such beautiful combinations of yarn and textures...I'm honoured that I get to witness it. It's very inspiring.
EDIT: I want to add something to this as I continue to reflect on why I want to teach. There is a lot about teaching that can be challenging. But for me what makes it so fulfilling is that I feel deep within myself that I should share this knowledge. That it's not meant to be kept only for myself. That weaving is ancient and that when I weave I feel that deep connection to those who did it before me.
Click here for a list of dates for 2019. I've mentioned here before that I've added a new format...the one afternoon weaving project on the weekend for those of you who can't commit to a 3 week course in the evenings because life is busy but you still want to learn and weave.
If you missed my first newsletter, you missed the answer to "what is the #1 question I get asked about weaving?" I'm not going to answer it here, ha ha. Sorry, I want somethings to just be for my subscribers (ps you should subscribe!) but I'll answer another question I get asked by students all the time. "Do I listen to music when I weave?" And the answer is yes, sometimes. Sometimes I listen to podcasts and most of the time I just leave it quiet. I like the quiet although at times I just can't handle it because my mind may be on hyper drive that day. I'm working on this.
Some of the things I'm currently listening to right now in the studio (besides people yelling in the alleyway), Emily King, Haim, my spotify top songs of 2018 (I love it when spotify makes these sort of compilations). Podcasts I'm listening to are Goal Digger, Raise Your Hand and Say Yes--although I'm moving away from these creative business podcasts at the moment just because they make me feel overwhelmed at times. So on my list to listen to next is Revisionist History and One Part Plant (which I have listened to off and on and really like her voice, it's so relaxing no matter what topic they are discussing).
There you have it, what I'm listening to right now. This always changes btw.
Today I am doing some natural dyeing on some beautiful Canadian wool. I have a few different kinds, two of which I am testing for some rug designs and the other, a soft lopi wool that I will be testing for some woven wearables (most likely a textured scarf).
The other yarn I am dyeing is a beautiful linen yarn from France. This yarn will be used for some beautiful face cloths--I think. More to come on that.
I miss natural dyeing. I don't get to do it very often but I hope to incorporate it in my weaving practice this year. It adds time to everything of course, but I think it's worth it and it's in line with my ethos. Right now I'm doing the dyeing at home but I hope to move this to the studio as well.
Day to day, where to begin? It's been a busy one over here. Lots of teaching including my first workshop hosted in our cozy studio. I've been wanting to do this for a while and finally it happened. One afternoon, weaving, tea, snacks...it was so much fun. I really like this short format. My other classes are taught over multiple weeks (they are more thorough of course).
I have another Weaving Afternoon scheduled for Sunday March 24th. Please see my 'weaving workshop dates' page to sign up.
Also I just sent out my first newsletter! I always thought it had to be a big deal so I kind of just kept procrastinating it but I just did it and it was so much fun to write. The subject was "The number 1 question I get asked about Weaving'. If you've missed it, please sign up for future newsletters, I have a bunch of really fun topics planned related to weaving and my own art practice.
Back to work for me. I'm in the middle of preparing some skeins of yarn for natural dyes. I'm working on some new products (yes! functional work coming soon but also my wall hangings aren't going anywhere, I'll still be making those too!).