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Spinning and Weaving at the Carlos Museum this Fall
I am excited, there is going to be this amazing exhibit at the Carlos Museum, "Threads of Time", August 19 - December 17! During this exhibit there will be lots of lectures, workshops, and demonstrations. the Peachtree Handspinners Guild will be demonstrating during the fall on certain Sundays and Wednesdays. During some of those days I will be demonstrating spinning or weaving. On October 22, there will be a Family Day at the museum, outside on the Quad and inside with spinning and hands on activities going on. On November 15, there will be a Homeschool Day with lots of activities, and spinners and weaver will be there.
Also during this amazing exhibit, I will be holding workshops in spinning, dyeing, weaving, embroidery and the making of Molas - a reversed applique technique known in Panama.
I cannot wait to see this amazing exhibit, not only the the amazing work of the people who assembled this collection, but to become a part of it by demonstrating and talking to people about what I like best.
Back home From MAFA - my summer continues
My big road trip of the year is passed.....I can't believe it. It came and went so fast. The Millersville University campus is very pretty, but the weather was hot. I was so glad to be playing with flax, hemp, ramie and cotton. These are perfect summer fibers and it was fun to share them with my students. This is a big event, and if you get the chance to go in the future, I recommend it. There were over 400 people there, and the days were filled with people learning all sorts of things - felting, spinning, dyeing and weaving. I discovered that I actually knew a lot of the instructors, and recognized a lot of the others.
The road trip itself was nice too. The states between here and there are beautiful and I enjoyed the drive from here to there and back again. There were places I wanted to stop along the way, but it was just too hot to walk around some of the places, so I have made plans to go back when the weather is cooler. So many places and just not enough time. I did stop and visit the National Colonial Farm in Accokeek, MD, however to see and photograph their adorable Hog Island sheep. Still on the search for the wool, and have a few contacts....we will see how that turns out.
I have wool to send off for processing, and some to wash, and some to drum card. Lots of things to do as the summer winds down and my Fall schedule begins. Kudzu to wash, and a loom to warp --- fortunately, my friend, Lois, has offered to help. Maybe it will get done this year!!!
Cotton, Southern Cotton, Western Cotton, Any Cotton
Sometimes I discover a subject by chance and off I go researching, working, experimenting. A few years ago, I discovered some interesting information about cotton gins, and off I went researching roller gins, saw gins, all kinds of gins. I ordered a roller gin from India and my husband got it cleaned up and working quite nicely. Now I am on a mission to get a small hand-turned saw gin built. At one time, a long time ago, I bought a small one but it didn't work very well. I sent it back. Probably one of the mistakes, I will regret for a long time. Now I can't find one already built within my price range.
I found some plans for one, and now my goal this year is to get it built. I have discovered that I am not very handy with wood and saws and that sort of thing. But I am not giving up. If nothing else I am determined.
In the meantime, I am enjoying the historical research, and the experimenting with my spinning to see what I can do with cotton, wonderful cotton. I have always enjoyed spinning it and working it up. Now, I have more directions to go and so many more people to talk with. Watch for more adventures on this front.
Have Spinning Wheel, Will Travel
I love sharing my passion for spinning, dyeing, history and textiles in general. I used to say that if I could schedule one event a month, I would really be on the way. As I get older, I look at my energy level and the activities I participate in with the spinners' guild and I think, maybe 3-4 times a year would be good.
So I want to try and schedule some workshops and apply to teach at a few more regional conferences.....fear keeps me from stepping out on that stage. But maybe, just maybe..... I will load up the van and hit the road. Name a subject and perhaps I can help folks learn about that, look at my list of classes and maybe people can find something that interests them. I think this could be an exciting time of sharing and teaching. What fun!