Lately it has been hard to get out of one of my nuno felting classes without making dancing ladies and this week at JCCFS was no exception. We started with the dancers Sunday night and made scarves and samples all day Monday. Today part two of “you don’t get out of Geri’s class without dancing ladies and IRONING.”
In Appalachia folks say they work from “can to can’t” meaning as soon in the morning as you can see until it is too dark to see. Well with the power of electricity we worked even longer. But the students are loving that at long last they are throwing the shuttle.
We also got a May Day treat from the Folk School dancers.
I’m here at the Campbell Folk School for a weekend weaving class followed by a week long felting class. We wound warps last night and are all set to thread, wind on, and weave today. It is a beautiful day weather wise and weaving wise. There is a May Day dance just before lunch today. Stay tuned for more pictures.
I love it when the timing works out. One of my pieces was accepted for the Arts in the Airport (with the help of the Arts and Cultural Alliance) display at Tyson McGhee Airport in Knoxville. Turns out the delivery day was the same day I was to head for Gatlinburg to teach e-textiles and felting at Fiber Forum. Since I live an hour from the airport and have to go almost to the airport to get to Gatlinburg I was able to kill two birds with one stone so to speak. And to sweeten the pot, I got to stop off in Townsend and visit with my friends who are setting up for the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival. The fiber arts are alive and well in East Tennessee!!
Yesterday I took a break from packing for this week’s Fiber Forum at Arrowmont (with JCCFS upcoming classes in the back of my mind). I called this class, “Hot Wire Noah’s Arc” because we’ll be combining the latest e-textile revolution – well only one simple circuit – with the ancient art of hand rolled felt. Our neighbor across the road is restoring a pre civil war house. His ambition is to weave overshot coverlets so he collects many fiber related antiques. His basket collection could grace any museum. It is a step back in time to go into his house. He took this picture of me – on his cell phone no less – helping out with the threading. Old and new seems to be the order of the day.