When the studio was pretty much finished and usable last summer, I realized two things: I had some family birthdays coming up, and I was also heading back to Vavstuga Weaving School for a repeat of the Basics class. Uh,oh. Better try to get something on that loom!
Thanks to a wonderful little picture book by Vavstuga owner, Becky Ashenden, that details the start-to-finish of the process of "dressing" a loom, I got a warp on the 4-shaft loom. Six days later (yeah, pathetic) I was weaving! Frankly, that first project didn't turn out anything worth documenting, but it gave me the courage to try again.
Next warp was a little braver, although when I started threading that sucker, I seriously wanted to strangle the designer! EASY twill, my arse! I got through it, though, and got four pretty towels for those birthday gifts, and a very nice table runner for me!
Although the experience of dressing the loom twice by myself was quite a confidence-builder, I did go up to Shelburne Falls on October for a very intensive week of weaving class. This time I wasn't the dunce of the class, at least! Stay tuned for tales of weaving "boot camp"!