Monday, February 15, 2016

January Happenings….

January started off with a bang this year with  three new VT Folklife Grantees  along with our other regulars and new students.  Emily Falta will be learning to spin wool to weave a double bed blanket,
Joann Darling will be putting together prospective dye and flax processing classes and Ada Schenk will be working on clothing fabrics with a goal of doing some teaching on this subject in the future.

Of our regulars - Jen Eger has decided to focus on rugs for a few months and has woven a length of warp faced carpeting and some weft faced tapestry rugs.  Stevie worked on some beautiful 8 shaft wool throws and Dosia wove off another warp painted warp.  New student - Kathleen McVeigh - came for a week and wove off a wool throw and a series of multi colored striped dishtowels.

To end the month we had an exhibit open at Frog Hollow State Craft Center in Burlington curated by our very own Jerusha Fox.  For the opening, Norman talked about the early history of the school and then lead a tweed walking of Dosia's tweed.  The crowd were mesmerized and we have already heard from a few folks who want to be prospective students.  The show is up until Feb. 29, 2016 if you happen to be up in Burlington.

Our new Vt. Folklife Grantee -
Emily Falta - learning to spin.

Emily starting to spin on the walking wheel.

Ada Schenk weaving cotton clothing fabric
from a historic draft.
Norman and Joann discussing her
next grant project.
Joann's natural dyed mohair yarn for an
Autumn flavored throw.
Jen Eger working on her warp faced rug.

The finished rug.

Jen's weft faced rug using some of her
Icelandic sheep's fleece.
Our exhibit at Frog Hollow in Burlington.
Norman leading a waulking of
Dosia's tweed at the Frog Hollow opening.
The past, present and future…..
Craig Evans, Bruce Egebretson &  Justin Squizero.
Kat McVeigh weaving her throw.
and then some dishtowels.
Stevie's latest throw in 2/8 Jagger Spun.
Dosia's latest warp paining in cotton and silk.

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