Sarah Swett and I are doing another free webinar on Saturday, July 20th at 11am Mountain (that is 10 am Pacific, 1pm Eastern). We’ll be showing you what four selvedge mischief we’ve been up to in the last year, what new ideas we have, and we’ll be answering your questions.
Sarah Swett is the creator of delightful fiber worlds. If you’ve followed her blog, read her books, or taken any classes from her, you know she can make you laugh and inspire you to expand your creativity. Sarah is a tapestry artist with decades of experience. Her work is varied and it always expresses her wonder at the world around her. Her Rough Copy series for example contain a narrative taken from a novel she wrote. The sheer bloody clarity of her woven text is astounding in itself, but the form each of the panels takes enhances the story. She has worked with four selvedge tapestry weaving both in large format as in the Rough Copy pieces and in her wonderful tiny houses series this year. More recently, she has been experimenting with various materials for tapestry weaving.
We’re hosting a free (and very fun) webinar on Thursday, November 15th. If you can’t make it, the replay will go into the Fringeless online class so you can watch it or watch it again.
I’ve been doing a little weaving. There are seasons where I don’t have enough time to play with yarn and the last few months have felt like that. So I spent four solid days last weekend weaving and I finished a piece. A fairly large piece actually. It is a wonderful thing to completely give yourself over to making something for several days in a row. I had enough of a plan to get me going and I had previously dyed the yarn. Sitting at the loom, despite the ache in my rear after the first day, was marvelous. I made some decisions and added some elements as I saw the thing unfold and in the end I was quite pleased with it. I can’t show it to you right now, but I’ll give you the details after I learn the fate of the show submission.
Weaving for days in a row reminded me of how brittle I start to feel when I don’t weave. My fiber crafting with knitting and spinning here and there helps, but there is no substitute for making art. So until the next large piece is started, more tapestry diary work it is.
Fringeless is running and I've already seen some fantastic things happening.
Sarah wove three enchanting tapestries during the filming of the course and we had a drawing for one of them yesterday morning. Everyone who registered before midnight July 9th was included in the drawing.
So I made a mistake. Maybe.
The jury is still out.
There is a whole industry around teaching online classes and I have taken many classes in how to build successful online classes. And I have built some great ones, so clearly the information I've learned is useful.
But all of those experts advise opening registration in your online class before the class content opens. Build excitement they say. Get them invested with a little bit of content they say. Get them all pumped up they say.
So for Fringeless, I decided to do that.
And I found out that tapestry weavers are an amazingly enthusiastic bunch!