I was blessed with the opportunity to take a full week of lessons
with Jolene Northup a few miles north of my home, at Crooked
River Ranch. I have never learned anything so well or quickly. She
is an especially gifted teacher. The class was lots of work, sprinkled with
fun and new learning opportunities. I had never woven anything in my
life! Not at least on a real loom. Now I have my beautiful Glimakra 42"
Countermarch loom, (Her name is Geirdriful- spear flinger), I would
do well to learn to use her properly!
|Lovely studio with great light and FIVE looms!!!|
this one is my favorite and is a Gilmore.
|The famous Crooked River just minutes from the studio|
|700 foot drop off. I got a little scared just standing by the edge.|
|Color sampler woven by Jolene. Fantastic!!!|
|Huck Lace sample, example for our class|
|Overshot sample for us|
|Twill gamp for us to follow|
|My plain weave color change sample in progress|
|A wonderful Overshot place mat of Jolene's I think|
woven at Madelyn Van der Hoogt's studio
|Jolene's Color change sampler|
|Jolene's Overshot sampler|
|Jolene's twill gamp closer up|
|My color change sampler off the loom|
|My twill gamp on the loom|
|My twill off the loom with extra playful parts in black. I|
was having a very fun time. There is at least one mistake in
every block! So what!!! This was after what? weaving maybe 10 hours!!!
(in my whole lifetime!!!)
|My overshot... I think this may be my favorite type of design.|
|My huck lace. Much, much easier than it looks!|
just thrilled that I will be able to use my loom. Jolene is even a member of
my new guild and is around for questions, as are many other good weavers.
I love it that I have a guild!!! for great support. So... I am buying books, more
books, tools, warping board and waiting for a used bobbin winder from Sweden.
When next I blog, dear reader, maybe I will have Geirdriful warped!!!
Oh, and when our class was finished last evening, we had a celebration
with champagne, brie and pears!! Lovely end to the class.