Sunday, the very full weekend of NEWS came to a close.
Time to say bye to my dorm
and my dorm room. (Won't miss them too much!!)
My morning class in fabric analysis with Jan Doyle was short and to the point.
I still need to practice more at home, but Jan provided samples and practice exercises and a clear method for figuring out how a fabric was woven.
That fits together really well with the block design class I took on Saturday.
I definitely need to let it sink in so I understand it better....but important foundations for that knowledge are finally in my brain! I'm so happy about that!
I closed out the weekend with a paper weaving class with Jan Doyle just for fun.
The room was full of lots of beautiful paper, and the class notes included several options for projects.
Many people went for broke and tried a triaxial weaving (the so-called mad weave). I had a major mad weave FAIL at a workshop in NH a few years ago.....so I figured I should stick with weaving in a grid this time! I wanted the class to be fun.
I wove a weaving draft. I was so tired that I didn't notice the really obvious mistakes in the left portion of my project until I took a photo of it this morning.
I will fix it and possibly frame it. Jan had framed pieces that looked great!
I also wove this heart, and this fish variation on the heart. I forgot to glue the fish together before I cut it so the edges are a little wiggly because it wants to fall apart. Luckily, a glue stick can repair many things!
We headed toward home in our very full car. As we were loading the car I realized I bought more yarn than I thought.
On the way home we made an ice cream stop at Kimball Farm. Yum! Kimball Farm will become part of my NEWS tradition for sure!!
NEWS is a whirlwind of learning, exhibits, new and old weaving friends, and inspiration. I'd recommend it to any weaver....even if you're not from New England. It's scheduled at a great time to be in New England....so you could tack on a little vacation.
Some day I'd like to attend Convergence and even try some other regional weaving conference.
Right now, I'm just happy to be home!!