Friday, January 8, 2016

Our 2015 Annual Newsletter

LindsaySalmon and her painted warp.
Dear Friends and Former Students:
Another year goes by!  It was busy, it was fun, sometimes exhausting and always inspiring.  We had 16 new students join us this year - Lisa Van Konn, Karen McVay, Karen Parsons, Emily Falta, Nancy Hart, Joan Funk, Lindsay Salmon, Jillian Westfall, Juna Muller, Susan Conover, Mary Beebee, Alexandra Kohl, Claudine Bouchard, Althea Kenney, Jennifer Eger,  Patty Lewis and Erin Doolittle. You can read more about each one and their projects on our blog -

Caroline Goddard during the Shibori day of
the Indigo Intensive.

10 Students returned for our 40th year Anniversary discount and it was so wonderful to see them again and work with them on new projects.  We had  2 new work study students  in the winter- Leslie Finneran and Kristin Rossier and both of them worked hard and made good use of their time here.  Leslie has now started to work with Jagger Spun in Maine and we will get to check in with her every time we place an order.  Congratulations Leslie!  3 students were funded by the VT Folklife Center  Grant this year- Joann Darling, Ada Schenk and Emily Falta and our regular contingent of local monthly students has grown to include Jennifer Eger, Linda Gabrielson and Jane Quimby.  And last but not least, Zoe Sheehan Saldana, indigo dyer extraordinaire was back this December to dye rice paper for her new kite making venture.

Zoe and her indigo dyed rice paper.
Note:  date is December 22!

What is ahead:

Exhibit at Frog Hollow - VT. State Craft Center - Burlington, VT -  featuring the current staff and students of the Marshfield School of Weaving.  Runs from 18 January to February 29, 2016.  Opening on 21 January 2016.

Non - profit status:  This is the year that the school will qualify once again as a non -profit organization.  We are working hard to get things in order so that we can actively start our campaign for a major scholarship fund.  We will also be pursuing more grant options for students beyond the  Vt. Folklife Center Grant who continue to fund us in their master/apprenticeship program.

Master Classes in Weaving:  This is a new series of classes designed for exploring some of the more obscure fabric groups and weave structures. It is specifically designed for students who wish to go into more depth in both technique and history.
Topics this year include Singles Linen, Fabrics from the historic draft books of John Hargrove and
Silas Burton and Calimanco Stripes.  We are open to suggestions of anything else that you would like to see us offer!

40th Year Anniversary Alumi week -
Betty and Kristina Larsen, Mimi Jost, Tricia Jenkins & Susie Beers.
MSW Alumni Week:  Last year we had five of our former students come for a week in July to take advantage of the 40th Anniversary discount and to weave Krokbrag rugs and Summer Blanket Winter sheets.  It was a fabulous week and so wonderful to see old faces and have that concentrated energy of five students weaving together on similar projects.  So...we decided to continue that tradition and hope to see more of you come to weave during our 3 alumni sessions!

Teacher Training:  As Norman and Kate get close to retiring (Ha, Ha!!),  we have discovered a need to be training the next links in the chain so that this great institution will survive into the future.  The trainings  will be scheduled in the spring, summer and take place over 3 -4 days.  Basically a student will come and learn how to teach - fine tune their warping and loom dressing skills, learn new weave structures and polish their weaving technique. To aid in this process we will be publishing a booklet  called - “Warping and Dressing the Barn Frame Loom” with text by Kate and photos by Justin Squizzero.     We are excited about seeing the next generation of weaving teachers take flight!

Check out our website for our updated calendar and new class offerings!

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