There is much weaving progress going on at the studio… among all the students and weavers, except me! Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, I’ve been so busy with dyeing and writing the never-ending cardigan pattern that I haven’t had time to touch my loom. So instead, Carina is making good use of the Louet Spring loom at the studio.

Also, the summer set of weaving students has been great so far — I opened an evening weaving class on Wednesday nights (as opposed to Wednesday mornings) and it filled up almost immediately without any announcement (I didn’t have a chance to)! Some of the students are working on the initial plain weave and twill sampler to start with… and Susan is working on threading her doubleweave sampler.

I am, indeed, enjoying teaching. Having only begun teaching spinning and weaving this January, it’s been quite a little adventure for me. Sometimes exhausting (the two times I caught the flu were directly after I taught dye classes), sometimes exhilarating (the colour spinning day was awesome), and always enjoyable. The students are all so interesting and talented, and it’s fascinating to me to watch their hands and eyes connect and start making beautiful things.

Novelty handspun art yarn

Random bit of novelty yarn, spun during our last spinning class.

Next week, I’m out of town and the studio will be closed for a short week. I’m off to visit Earthues in Seattle and attend a week-long natural dye workshop with Michele Whipplinger. Michele and her incredible studio in Ballard have been a great inspiration to me for some time now and I’m looking forward to soaking up some new information and inspiration that I can bring back into my work this fall.

In the meantime, I’d better get back to the monster Excel file and the cardigan pattern that just won’t quit.

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