At the invitation of the Anchorage Weavers Guild, I taught a 3-day Tapestry Workshop from Sept 18-20, 2015. Seventeen weavers participated in the class, with various levels of experience in tapestry. We worked in the Campfire Girls headquarters in a lovely large room. The weather was great, the weavers were fun, and everyone seemed to enjoy herself. I know I had a great time.
The workshop, titled “Cut Up Art and Tapestry Technique” uses little bits of paintings by old masters like Picasso and Kandinsky for the 5″ x 5″ designs. The weavers can then concentrate on the techniques they would like to learn. Most chose to work on smooth curves, including circles, eyes, and tree shapes. The weft yarn I brought was Harrisville Highland, all 64 colors!
Most weavers had newly made copper pipe looms, but there were several other styles, include one Navajo style loom, a couple of looms from Norway, a Schacht and a Louet.
I hope they invite me back sometime. I would love to do another class there with these wonderful weavers. And I haven’t even mentioned the other fun I had, hikes, moose sightings, the aurora borealis, drives to Seward, Hatcher Pass, and Talkeetna, reindeer pasty and the best hamburger ever at the Spenard Roadhouse. Staying with Clydene and Joel Fitch and their Boston Terrier Kayla was very special.
Here is a gallery of some photos I took. I regret not getting a photo of each person with her work and was surprised to see that I had missed some. Sorry!