Saturday, May 10, 2008

A New Structo

And, I DO mean "New!" It even came in the original box!

Well, I didn’t mean to do it, but this was just too good to pass up. I just got it in and unpacked it. BRILLIANT! I think I ended up paying just over $200 for it. Can’t beat that!

Summer “Art Camp” is creeping up. I really need to go get the warps finished and get over there to dress looms.

IF I can stay out of the garden! Went over to the nursery yesterday to pick up some potting soil and came home with two pear trees and a Tea Olive.

Sic semper.......or perhaps “sick” semper?????

Thursday, February 28, 2008

What a WEEK!

Well, this was quite a week! Alice gave a terrific week of teaching and I can’t wait to get home and play around with my dobby looms and put some of what I’ve learned into practice. Also can’t wait till the next time I get my hands on a Jacq! It was wonderful sharing the time in class with such talented weavers. Nice also to be out in Chico, CA, which is a town full of warm and friendly people and VERY familiar flora. Only downer is the cold I have to travel home with, but you can’t have perfection all the time.

My sample was done toward the end of the last day and there were broken warp ends to deal with, but I am pleased with what I did. Will post pix of AVL in a later update.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

AVL workshop with Alice Schlein

Hey, Kids!

I am out here in sunny, but chilly, California at the AVL workshop with Alice Schlein and about to get my hands on the new "Jacq3G" Jacquard loom! It is SO coo! It actually fits in a room without having to take the ceiling out and you don't have to mortgage the farm to get one! Still kind of pricey for my blood, but you never know!

The workshop is great and Alice is a super teacher or her ideas and techniques. I will have pix etc posted on the blog when I get back.

SHe's going to do a seminar on this at Convergence, so, if you are going to that, don't miss it!!!! (I am spending my "Convergence money" on this workshop)

Anyway, we spent yesterday learning how to convert Photoshop files to weaving files and that is worth the entire trip. I have been quietly working on "translating" some of this to my dobby programme. It's a different ballgame, since you aren't doing pictures, but I'm working on it!!!! (-; Anyway, next time I get some time on a Jacquard, I will be ready to boogie!

Northern California, which is where Chico is located, is so much like our part of the world, it boggles the mind: graceful architecture, magnolias, Live Oaks, camellias, nice people, GUYS WHO OPEN DOORS FOR YOU!!!..all they need is some moss!!! hmmm, maybe I'll bring some out next time I come this way and hang it in the Live Oaks!