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Spinning and Weaving at the Carlos Museum this Fall
I am excited, there is going to be this amazing exhibit at the Carlos Museum, "Threads of Time", August 19 - December 17! During this exhibit there will be lots of lectures, workshops, and demonstrations. the Peachtree Handspinners Guild will be demonstrating during the fall on certain Sundays and Wednesdays. During some of those days I will be demonstrating spinning or weaving. On October 22, there will be a Family Day at the museum, outside on the Quad and inside with spinning and hands on activities going on. On November 15, there will be a Homeschool Day with lots of activities, and spinners and weaver will be there.
Also during this amazing exhibit, I will be holding workshops in spinning, dyeing, weaving, embroidery and the making of Molas - a reversed applique technique known in Panama.
I cannot wait to see this amazing exhibit, not only the the amazing work of the people who assembled this collection, but to become a part of it by demonstrating and talking to people about what I like best.
My Summer Plans
I can hardly believe that another year has passed and I am getting ready to hit the road again. This month I will be heading to Millersville, PA for the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association's conference. I am so excited. I will be teaching Bast Spinning without Stress, with a Cotton Afterthought. I cannot wait to get people hackling flax, ginning cotton and spinning all the wonderful samples I have for them.
I get to meet up with some old friends from our Navy Days, and then maybe stop and pick up some interesting fleeces or other fibery goodness. I am trying to make plans to go down to Williamsburg. It seems they are spinning and weaving again and I would love to talk to their people.
Life continues and my pursuit of kudzu never seems to wane. I hope to cut and begin the retting before I leave for PA, and then I will be washing kudzu fiber once I get back. And.....maybe I can talk a friend into coming over and helping me warp a loom to do some weaving. WhooHoo!
Cotton, Southern Cotton, Western Cotton, Any Cotton
Sometimes I discover a subject by chance and off I go researching, working, experimenting. A few years ago, I discovered some interesting information about cotton gins, and off I went researching roller gins, saw gins, all kinds of gins. I ordered a roller gin from India and my husband got it cleaned up and working quite nicely. Now I am on a mission to get a small hand-turned saw gin built. At one time, a long time ago, I bought a small one but it didn't work very well. I sent it back. Probably one of the mistakes, I will regret for a long time. Now I can't find one already built within my price range.
I found some plans for one, and now my goal this year is to get it built. I have discovered that I am not very handy with wood and saws and that sort of thing. But I am not giving up. If nothing else I am determined.
In the meantime, I am enjoying the historical research, and the experimenting with my spinning to see what I can do with cotton, wonderful cotton. I have always enjoyed spinning it and working it up. Now, I have more directions to go and so many more people to talk with. Watch for more adventures on this front.
Have Spinning Wheel, Will Travel
I love sharing my passion for spinning, dyeing, history and textiles in general. I used to say that if I could schedule one event a month, I would really be on the way. As I get older, I look at my energy level and the activities I participate in with the spinners' guild and I think, maybe 3-4 times a year would be good.
So I want to try and schedule some workshops and apply to teach at a few more regional conferences.....fear keeps me from stepping out on that stage. But maybe, just maybe..... I will load up the van and hit the road. Name a subject and perhaps I can help folks learn about that, look at my list of classes and maybe people can find something that interests them. I think this could be an exciting time of sharing and teaching. What fun!