|Some wonderful nubby threads made by Raquel R.|
This past weekend, I team-taught a wonderful new workshop called, Spin and Stitch: Make Your Own Thread to Stitch (at The Art League School in Alexandria, VA). This is the first time in the fiber department that two teachers worked together to design a workshop. Sylvia De Mar and I have had this in the works for over a year. It was such a great success, that we hope that there will be other opportunities within the fiber department, and maybe even beyond, to work on rich collaborations. I hope that you enjoy the photos of what we did.
|The spindle and some fibers.|
|A selection of fibers to spin.|
And here are some of the threads that we spun...
On Day #2, I had students use their threads to create a sampler (though some jumped right in to work on an art piece) and an expressive art piece. I suggested some tricks for working with our "wonky" threads. I have to say the "wonkiness" really appealed to me...especially making French Knots.
|French knots in my sampler.|
I provided a selection of hand woven fabric scraps, tulle, and two types of cheesecloth for students to play with. I also supplemented with yarns and pearl cotton threads.
Here are the results...so expressive and colorful! Some samplers....
If you live in the Washington DC area, Sylvia and I are talking about holding the workshop again this summer...stay tuned!