Several years ago I took a class at Shakerag with Leah Buechley and since then I’ve been showing e-textile technology to anyone who would watch and listen. Yesterday Veronica, a talented quilting friend from Chattanooga, spent the day with me getting started with electronic textiles. We used the lily tiny, a microcontroller small enough to sew into wearables, and stitched on three lights each blinking with a different pattern. It’s a major accomplishment for anyone new to circuitry and LEDs. But Veronica’s eyes lit up with the possibilities of all the blinky things she could add to her quilted pieces to make them even more fun.
I’m here again, just can’t seem to get enough of “camp for grownups”. Little/Middle was just a couple of weeks ago and once again this year my weaving students outdid themselves. Like in the adult classes, they were weaving up until the last minute. Their creativity with color and pattern was amazing.
This weekend, I’m learning paper folding from a master folder, it’s beyond any origami I’m familiar with. We started last night and have a full day today. I can’t wait to see what we do.John C. Campbell Folk School
In case you haven’t noticed, I love working with kids. We have a Farm Camp at our place for my granddaughter and her longtime friends every summer. Each year as they grow, way too fast as with all normal kids, we build a bigger structure. But they still make Fairy Houses out of whatever they find. Their stories are fun to listen to and inspiring as well.
I’m teaching at the John C. Campbell Folk School‘s Little/Middle Folk School this week. A one week camp for 337 (this year) kids. The Middle girls I’m working with are warping – two days of pain- and weaving – three joyous days – on the school’s floor looms. They are very into patterns, color, and texture with amazing results.
I love an excuse to revisit my guild of many years in Atlanta, GA. The Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild will always hold many fond memories for me. Today I was invited to do a double header. My travel companion to Peru, also a long time CHG member, and I did a slide presentation on our trip. After the meeting, I did a mini workshop introducing e-textiles to a forward thinking curious group of women.
Millstone Institute for Preservation turned out to be a great place to spend the weekend. The plantation house is a late 19th century Colonial Revival style with additions by several owners. It is being restored to its full glory bit by bit. The farm sits under gigantic live oak trees dripping with Spanish Moss. A cooling breeze came up from the small lake the entire time so I never noticed the 90 degree heat. I introduced some folks to nuno felting with an all day workshop on Friday followed by a bags class Sat. Sunday I demonstrated felting to all the visitors and had a great time encouraging kids to roll fleece into felt balls. Watching them counting to 100 with serious looks on their little faces just made my day.