I've been going crazy waiting for WeaveZine to launch, and today is the day!! Since my Turned Weft Ikat article in WeaveZine contained the very same information I taught last month on Whidbey Island, I had to keep 2 secrets (from my students at the workshop and from my blog readers)
I can't believe that anyone who reads this blog doesn't know about Syne Mitchell and WeaveCast, but in case you don't---now there is a wonderful new (one and only) online weaving magazine as wonderful as the one and only weaving podcast. I believe Syne is the J.K. Rowling of Weaving! (Cheers and Applause!)
THE TOWEL PROJECT--
To weave 3 cotton ikat towels.
One towel the student keeps
One towel the student gives to me
One towel will be sold at the Guild Sale and the proceeds to endow the Whidbey Weavers Guild Grant Fund
I POSE WITH STUDENTS WITH IKAT WRAPPED SKEINS OF YARN
One of the problems I face when traveling to teach a workshop is I go home and never know if the students ever finish their projects, what challenges they faced in the process, or how the weaving came out. I decided to create a workshop that had a built in critique and that I would return at a later date to see all the finished pieces.
FIVE DYE POTS IN ACTION
I will return to Whidbey Island in March to cheer everybody on and to collect everybody's class notes. (which they will have copied for me) . I will compile the notes and make a copy of them for the Whidbey Weavers Guild library. AND to celebrate my birthday!
I accidentally erased a picture here. (students posing with their ikat dyed skeins) I'll put it in a post tomorrow as I haven't figured out how to insert an image at this point.
STUDENT WINDS WARP
DESIGNING IN THE RATTLE (or is it raddle)
Since most of the students warp from front to back, I arranged for a loom so I could demonstrate how I warp from back to front and how easy it is to manipulate the ikat design at this stage.