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January 5, 2018 / weavingschool

Busy November

1BoxClassRecently I took a class at the John C. Campbell Folk School on medieval box making. It wasn’t easy to put it mildly. The boxes had an inner and outer box that had to fit precisely. Then the outside was covered with leather. As with any new class, it opened up a whole new thought process.
I’ve been contemplating the amount of work it takes to become an expert. My daughter stored her PHD thesis project at our house. It consists of 6000, yes 6000 is correct, bottles of bugs but after 20 years she’s moved onto other things. I’ve been wanting to make them into an art project. It raises more questions than answers. As a starting place, I made a box to hold ten of them. At first glance they look like perfume or spice bottles. But take one out and the bugs are revealed.  It’s a fun idea but hardly makes a dent in the number of bottles or ideas.

1TabletWeavingThe week after Thanksgiving was a bonus return to the Folk School when I was the assistant instructor to Angela Schneider in her card weaving class. It was on my “make one of everything” list so I felt confident. I understand handling yarns without tangling, know knot tying, tensioning, and a few other weavers tricks, but Angela’s depth of knowledge of the process was exemplary and now I’m itching to get my hands on some cards.

1KarenBillsA third opportunity came on the weekend when I helped a friend with her needle felting class at the Appalachian Arts Crafts Center in Norris, TN. The students had so much fun creating owls that I couldn’t help but move needle felting up on the list.



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