After poor-mouthing about my grumpy, middle-aged “dog’s life”, I sat and thought about what an incredibly fortunate “weaver’s life” I have. On Tuesday, I had a wonderful student come to the studio. She’s a true textile enthusiast. We took a quick field trip to Becky’s Vav Stuga http://www.vavstuga.com/ a Swedish Weaving School which happens to be six miles from me. We reveled in the environment, every towel, napkin, table cloth and bedspread used at the school is beautiful and handwoven. The looms are Swedish looms dressed with gorgeous warps and the yarn . . . oh the yarn . . .
On Wednesday, I met another (wonderful) student and we carpooled to a hilarious morning of inkle warping with Gail Callahan, the Kangaroo Dyer. http://www.kangaroodyer.com/. Gail’s studio is in the basement of her big pink victorian house, and you can’t miss the fact that she is a dyer when you drive past her house and on the porch are skeins and skeins of heart-stopping color. After pulling ourselves away from the inkles, my student and I zoomed back to my studio where she continued working on her inkle warp while I dashed off to pick up my good friend and Master Weaver Ute Bargmann and a another friend who was a professional weaver, became a teacher and now wants to return to weaving (they both live in my tiny town – embarrassment of riches!!) We proceeded to an informal gathering of weavers at the Hill Institute in Florence, MA http://hillinstitute.com/index_c.cfm. We have a fantastic group that meets once a month, discusses projects, yarn, looms, and squeezes the super weaving brains in the group for wonderful tips, tricks and techniques . . . and when you think it couldn’t get any better . . . We break into a smaller group and head to dinner at the home of the Fairy Godmother of New England Weavers, Barbara Hurley. There we sit under her Maximo Laura tapestry http://www.maximolaura.com/about.htm, drink wine and argue about what colors to use for our next projects, trying to avoid what Barbara calls the “little girl’s pink and purple underpants color choices . . . did I say we have some wine?
So, I realize even basking in a ray of sunlight, my dog’s “dog’s life” can’t match my incredibly fortunate “Weaver’s Life.”
Did anyone notice that I figured out how to add links??