We all know that to get better at a task you must repeat it. Take warping, for example. The first few times, it’s confusing, especially making the cross. Until you develop a rhythm, it seems impossible that it’s a proven way to prevent tangling up a warp. After you develop a rhythm and see the cross in action, it seems obvious. For experienced weavers, warping feels like a dance as they sway from side to side and their hands move in sync seemingly without instructions from their brains.
That said, however, I believe that most weavers like to try new techniques. New methods and ideas spark their imagination and keep them involved in and intrigued with the craft. One place to learn new-to-you techniques is at Weave Together with Handwoven.
When we started thinking about the event, we did some brainstorming about the type of atmosphere we wanted. We quickly agreed it should have a retreat feeling, as in “Leave your cares in the lobby and come hang out with us!” After that, we moved on to what types of classes to provide. In the end, we chose an eclectic group of topics ranging from Weaving a Transparency with Bobbie Irwin to Weave Shoelaces (using tablet weaving) with John Mullarkey, Textural Weaving (tapestry) with Sarah Neubert, and Inkle Weaving in the Round with Angela Schneider. We took a something-for-everyone and more approach!
I love weaving bands but I don’t seem to find the time to get better at it! A class with Angela would be the perfect refresher.
For me, as one of those weavers who loves to try new things, any of the classes would be both interesting and fun. I basically know how to weave inkle bands, but I don’t know everything about it, and I’d love some tips from Angela! I guess I could figure out transparencies, but it would be exciting to learn how from someone like Bobbie who really knows.
If you want to learn something new or even just hone your skills in a fun and relaxing environment, please join us at Weave Together with Handwoven. The event will be held in Loveland, Colorado, February 25 through 29, 2024. You can find out more about it here.
Weave well and keep up that warping sway, 1,2,3, 1,2,3.