Thursday, October 18, 2018

Faces Appear at Lost Art Fiber and Textile Studio

I'm back refreshed from my two week Drawing Expedition back east and I wanted to share the beginnings of that adventure in Waukesha, Wisconsin. This town is on the way to Milwaukee and about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Madison. Nancy Wilson, owner of Lost Art Fiber and Textile Studio hosted both the workshop and myself at her home outside of town. The two dogs, Rosie and Henry were an added bonus.

Our hostess Nancy with Michele on the left and Sue on the right

as always, I like to dye most of the yarn for our workshop

This was a risk taking bunch of weavers. I have an approach in my teaching that is quite open ended and can be unnerving for those who fear venturing into uncharted territory. This group took the challenge and even when they found themselves at those scary crossroads (how do I start the eyes??!!, did I weave enough lips??) it didn't take much to push them into a decision.

Michele tries a 3/4 pose

Sherry creates a woman with style and class

Dawn tackles glasses and white hair...and to think she was nervous about weaving people
and Emily is a rug hooker who had never tried tapestry before...

What I love about these workshops is the individuality; we can't help but create different personalities. Naming our new friends became an earnest occupation among the group. On the last day these new people had a life of their own and almost wove themselves.

I'm so proud.

Thanks Nancy, a great space to hold a workshop!


  1. It was a wonderful class, so much fun making faces.

    1. Thanks Michele I really this was an unusual crop of new characters created, about time for me to head off to parts unknown(maybe the airport?) for more inspiration.

  2. Beautiful peaces! Dus you do this in one day?

    1. Thanks, the students did some amazing work. I usually do 2 1/2 - 3 days for a Face Workshop. That seems to be enough to get a feel for it and not be too frantic.