Tuesday, August 9, 2016

16 New Faces

It really is amazing.

When you teach a group of motivated weavers the sky is the limit. In this case I was in Milwaukee teaching a 3 day workshop at Convergence 2016  and we were weaving faces. Sixteen (okay, 17 including mine) new personalities emerged and naming ceremonies were in full force. Diplomas were issued to all and the class photo is the proof!

Graduation Day, Convergence 2016

These weavers had a lot of skill. I'm interested that there was not a loom issue in the bunch, everyone warped their loom with ease consulting neighbors who shared advice. Weavers really are a generous,  sharing bunch of people.

Each day we stopped to look at our work....so important.

I provided plenty of color choice and coaxed folks to let the process guide their choices. Nancy suggested I do a sketching demo showing how I might draw out an idea and I was grateful for that; overcoming the fear of drawing can be very daunting. In the end you often have to let that idea adjust itself. Tapestry language is so very unique. Archie told us in a workshop to sit on your design.

all those cardboards....everyone saw what cereal I eat all winter.

Examples abound, each one different and reflecting the weaver's personality.
Most of all I was proud of these students who took a risk and kept going despite their uncertainty.

So often you hear teachers talk of how they learn from their students and this, once again, showed that to be true. I'm grateful and honored to have spent time with 16 new friends, taking advantage of the power of a group and the knowledge they share.

on to her second one!

May our paths meet again.

Thanks HGA, it was a marvelous Convergence.


  1. What a delight to see your Convergence teaching experience! How I would have loved to have spent three days with you learning to weave faces! I love seeing everyone's individual talents coming through in their faces. Hope you are finding time to rest and restore this week after such a great experience! Blessings to you ... you continue to inspire me!

    1. Thanks Donna, it is the "everyone is different" aspect I love the most although there is the fact the whole 3 days removed from your daily routine really helps give you time to get in a zone.

  2. What wonderful and beautiful weaving and new personalities. Such a terrific experience for everyone.

    1. Sure was terrific Julia, these were such interesting people and the power in a group of like minded individuals is such a gift to experience.