During the first weekend in October, Mike and I went to the Taos Wool Festival in Taos, N.M. This is becoming an annual trip because we have so much fun.
Known for its prolific artistic community, Taos is located in the mountains in Northern New Mexico. The Wool Festival has been going on for 33 years and it is well worth the trip. This year, I took a weaving class because “I don’t have enough to do”, to quote Mike.
The teacher for the class was Liz Gipson, author of Weaving Made Easy. Liz has a talent for teaching and relating to people she has never met. There were nine people in our class so getting individual instruction wasn’t difficult.
Here is the loom we used. It’s a Stash Blaster from Purl & Loop. Liz helped design these little looms so that she could make swatches quickly. I think it will be pretty handy.
I had a great time in this class. Gipson had some great tips and some beautiful samples of her work. Here I am working on the loom:
We used a lovely cotton linen yarn. Later that night I was able to complete my work:
It’s not too bad for a first time effort. I plan to label it and keep my squares in a notebook, or box, so I can see my progress. Here’s another one I started at home:
This one is worked in Heartland Acrylic by Lion Brand (which, by the way, is available in my store, PenandHook.). This is a worsted weight yarn just like the cotton/linen yarn we used in the class. It will be interesting to try other weights in this loom.
If there’s a chance to take a class like weaving or any other art that interests you, I encourage you to sign up. It’s fun to get together with like-minded people and learn from an expert. Who knows what will open up to you if you do?