I have been a bit fed up this year with the lack of opportunities I have had to participate in any kind of workshop. Not that my life was previously chock-full of workshops, but last year I did get to attend Complex Weavers and Convergence which gave me a brilliant opportunity for meeting other weavers and learning new things — two activities which this year I haven’t had time to do. That’s horrid, and it isn’t going to happen again next year.
So I have signed myself up for two very different things. In January I am going to spend two days at Weft textile studio (just down the coast in Pittenweem) learning the Theo Moorman technique with Jan Shelley. That’s something I have been wanting to try for ages, but I haven’t been able to give myself a big enough kick up the backside to just get on with it: going on a course will give me that shove. At least then I will know whether I like it or not! And in August I am going to Braids 2012 in Manchester. On last year’s trip I learned the basics of ply-splitting and loop-braiding, so this is my opportunity to improve those skills with some really excellent tutors. I am feeling more educated already, just thinking about it.
I haven’t got any further with my yardage warp yet, I’m afraid. In order to fund the above (not to mention keep food on the table once my scholarship runs out — aaargh!) I’ve been marking several large piles of these: