Friday, January 31, 2014

Teaching Schedule update

I have some busy months ahead. I have updated my teaching schedule - so if you are interested, you can find out more by clicking on that tab, above.
In addition to a full schedule of classes at Woven Art, I am very pleased to be teaching Foundations of Tapestry this Summer at the MLH conference in Holland Michigan, August 8-10. I don't have all the details on that yet - so stay tuned!

I am very excited about new fiber art opportunities springing up at Interlochen College of Creative Arts this Summer. You will find a whole host of wonderful classes for adults at www.college.interlochen.org. Everything from Mountain Dulcimer to Drawing to Encaustic painting to, ahem, dyeing and weaving. And knitting! There is even a fiber arts package that includes:

Dye your own yarn - Nancy McRay - June 29
 in this class we will dye yarn using several different methods. If you buy the whole package you can, if you choose, use your very own hand dyed yarn for the weaving class, or the knitting class.

Jewelry Beading - Jenny Schu- June 30
 in this class you will make a peyote stitch bracelet

Beginning Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom - Nancy McRay - July 1
  learn how to set up and weave on this very simple, but potent loom

Beginning Knitting - Sarah Peasley - July 2
 learn all the techniques to get you going.

Lots of you have garden plans to cheer you through the long months of Winter. I am warmed by the thought of all the classes I get to teach, and all the fun places my fiber art takes me.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Polar Vortex

The Polar Vortex is no match for Lucy the wonder dog. She is here to save you from the bitter cold, entertain you and play fetch with you until your arms fall off. When I am not playing with (as in taking things out of her mouth) my Lucia, I am trying to figure out how to work this:
Introducing the newest loom to my studio - the Little Weaver from AVL.  She is adorable! 16 harnesses and 15 inch weaving width. I have her all threaded up in a 16 shaft point twill. We are still working on computer and software incompatibility.  I am hopeful I will have that resolved by the end of this week.

When I am not playing with those two I am working on a collapse weave scarf on my Jane table loom from Louet.  I must finish this by tomorrow, as I will be allowing a student to borrow this loom for class. Yes - weaving class starts tomorrow - I have 7 weavers. So great!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Back yard deer

So many people are posting pictures of the deer that frolic through their backyards - I just had to share mine. This gets fatter with each snow fall. I wonder - is he munching on our tree?

Kelly and Murphy loved the rug I made them for Christmas, and sister Kristin liked it too. I have the very early starts of Kristin's rug to share today. Here is the warp going onto the loom.
Wrapping the warp in inch wide bundles around the front beam helps hold some tension on the warp as you wind on - a trick I learned from Sherri Smith while in school in Ann Arbor. 
These are the main colors. Plus a few leftovers from the previous rug. Lucky me - as a dyer, I can just head down to my basement to make the colors I want. This rug is going to go live in Tucson where the sunsets look like this:

All over the sky.

Monday, January 6, 2014

High Wind Alert

The transition from 2013 to 2014 has been challenging, and thrilling. I had the good fortune to have my children and their others home for Christmas - 7 of us in all. The first of them arrived Sunday, to a cold dark house. Our home was a casualty of the great ice storm of 2013.  We were able to locate a generator - and except that we couldn't run the dishwasher, or the espresso machine for fear of blowing out the furnace, we were pretty comfortable indeed. Yes, we hand washed dishes for 9 days in a row. No microwave. No TV. Internet limited to what we can get from the hot spot created by a cell phone. Those last three things are still true. I hope to get hooked back up to civilization on Thursday. I will have to live without a microwave until I can get to a big box store with a good selection.  Currently my city government has declared a snow emergency, and is prohibiting any non-critical travel. You see, after the ice cleared, and the power lines reattached, the blizzard of 2014 occurred. The picture above is our back yard. We have terraces. Yes we do - you just can't see them under the foot of snow. 

The biggest event for me in 2013 was to sell Woven Art. I nurtured and shepherded this yarn store and fiber arts education center for ten years. The last 6 months have been spent developing n.anne design studio. 2014 will be proving time. I have a few big things going on:

Grove Gallery Co-op has agreed to let me join as a working member and my first day is day after tomorrow. I will be working there about once a week, and selling my finished artwork and wearables.  I really need a community of artists to bump around with. Grove Gallery is full of artists I like and respect.  I plan to learn a lot from them - I hope I can share some knowledge of my own in return. 

I am helping to plan a fiber arts event at Interlochen, near Traverse City for June 30-July 2. I will be able to share more details later, but at this point it looks like I will be teaching a dyeing class, and a Rigid Heddle Weaving class. Sarah Peasley will be teaching a knitting class. Part of our plan, to encourage fiber explorers to take multiple classes is to structure the dye class to create yarn to knit or weave with.  We are also working on plans for a second fiber event in September. 

I have been invited to teach a three day tapestry workshop at the MLH conference at Hope College in August. Titled "Foundations of Tapestry", this beginner to intermediate class will begin with good warping techniques, and work through various shapes and joins. 

I have several classes in the works to teach at Woven Art - my floor loom weaving class begins January 30. It is currently full - but if you are interested, please call Woven Art to get on the waiting list. 517-203-4467. 

Though the past few weeks have been far from normal, I have continued to work on tapestry and spinning. Here is a view of my current tapestry in progress - beginning in November through the few lines I wove this morning. Looks a bit like a transition from Fall to Winter.