This week has been a “nice to be home” week of admin, some teaching, preparing new work, almost finishing a new quilt, catching up with friends and plenty of fresh air and exercise.
I teach a one day a month class at my local quilt shop; I love all the international teaching that I do but also enjoy the challenge of the creative textiles class where I have the same students that I have got to know well. It pushes me to come up with new teaching materials / ideas and allows me to test them to see if they work and whether they could be turned in to a shorter or longer class somewhere else.
When I was in Guatemala in February I attended a weaving course and was able to purchase the loom that I used which was a back strap loom. It was quite tricky to use.
I came home, did some research, got out all my weaving things accumulated from previous classes / teaching etc and found some tapestry weaving I made in 1980, plus some small home made looms. I bought from ebay a small child’s weaving loom and started some rigid heddle weaving.
I loved it and have since been developing the idea of weaving for quilters
I have lots of samples now, pushing the idea.
I don’t want to share these samples until I have taught it, but am pleased with the bag I made last week.
I taught a Uzbek coats class at Hebden Bridge this week. It’s the first time I have taught it and it turned out to be a nice class, not too difficult for students and no stress for me, and more importantly some good results, although I didn’t take any photos.
A visit to some friend’s house and a party has been one of the most inspirational and moving things I have done this week. Their son and a friend of my younger son returned from cycling on his own around the world. It has taken him 3 years. The party was to welcome him home.
He has made a few amazing videos and well worth watching
His website is not completely up to date but here is the link to one of the videos
I thought I was sometimes brave to do some of the travelling I do but nothing compared to this.
If you do watch them – send me a comment. I would love to pass them on to Ben
My cycle ride to Hebden Bridge to teach yesterday was beautiful and made me feel so lucky to be alive, fit and well and to be able to so enjoy going to work.