The Vermont Foundations Retreat went off without a hitch. We gathered at Good Commons in Plymouth, VT last week. It was a group of new tapestry weavers and they all took to it quickly. Many had woven some before, some had not woven at all. We all had a great time!
It has come to my attention that the word bobbin in the world of fiber can be confusing. There are a lot of particular products that are called "bobbins". If you're new to the world of fiber, that can be a bit of a stumbling block.
This post contains photos of the fiber things that are most likely being referred to. You'll be able to make an educated guess if you know whether the speaker is discussing a tapestry, fabric weaving, sewing, or spinning project. All of them are things that hold yarn in some form or another.
This week I've been reading a beautiful new book from Thrums Books, Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: Textiles, Tradition, and Well-Being. It is written by Joshua Hirschstein and Maren Beck with photographs by Joe Coca.
The book is framed by the story of Josh and Maren along with their two sons Ari and Zall and their many trips to Laos. With memories of travels in Asia when they were younger, Josh and Maren returned to Asia in 2005 for a six-week backpack type trip and then went to Houaphan Province, Laos in 2006.
Webster Arts is a non-profit organization that supports art in the greater St. Louis area. They run a large art fair every year and they also have a gallery space with shows all year long.
In 2018, they are hosting a show of the tapestry work of my students in July and August. This is a fantastic opportunity to have your work shown and support the community of tapestry weavers we're creating together.
Ten years ago today I started this blog. It hardly feels like that long. It began as a way to encourage myself to focus on tapestry weaving as a vocation while I was still working in health care. Through the blog I've discovered a vibrant community of weavers and people interested in fiber art. This community has been instrumental in my development as an artist and a lover of yarn.
Today I'm a full time artist and educator and I get to spend all day every day working on something related to tapestry weaving.