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May 3, 2015 / weavingschool

Can to Can’t



May Pole dance

May Pole dance

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.

May 2, 2015 / weavingschool

Weaving and Felting at the Folk School


Ambitious student

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.

April 20, 2015 / weavingschool

Making felt and friends

Fiber Forum is over for now but friends and playing with new techniques will last until the next conference.


April 16, 2015 / weavingschool

Two in One

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!!

Merging Maps

Arts in the Airport

Arts in the Airport


April 15, 2015 / weavingschool

Taking a Break


Warp threaded through reed

Warp threaded through reed


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.

March 21, 2015 / weavingschool

Last day at Wolftever Creek Elementary

PaperPlate2With lots of help from parents and teachers, all the students were able to create an individual weaving project. Look for more pictures on the workshop page.

March 18, 2015 / weavingschool

Overmountain Weavers Guild presentation today


The Overmountain Weavers Guild of TN meets at the Exchange Place in Kingsport TN, an 1850s era pioneer homestead. It’s the perfect place for guild meetings. Today, I gave a Power Point presentation on weaving in Thailand and Myanmar with a few slides of my own work thrown in for good measure.


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