PVCC Registration for Fabric Painting and Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom

21 06 2011

Now that PVCC (Piedmont Virginia Community College) registration for the fall has begun, I would like to let the world know that I am offering two courses there.

One is weaving on a rigid heddle loom. This is the simplest loom, relatively cheap, easy to set up, easy to use, portable, an excellent starting point for weaving. It is also very versatile. It is possible to use a rigid heddle loom to do a wide variety of fabrics including some lace weaves. In my course, I will teach the students to warp the loom and to weave a variety of fabrics. I will also teach how to plan fabrics, some of which will change drastically when washed after weaving. Students might be interested to know that Piedmont also owns two four-harness floor looms, so it will be possible to move beyond the rigid heddle to more complicated weaves. The cost of the class will include a loom to be used in the class and sold back to me when the class is over if you decide not to keep it.

I am also offering a course in painting on fabric. We will be using fabric paints and resists to create a variety of fabric designs, some of which will very much resemble batiks. To see some samples of my work, you should look at previous pages on this blog, on ArtFire at PockTTorian Textile, or on the Fabric Painting page of this blog. All materials will be provided aside from a stretcher frame.

I invite anyone intersted in learning either of these to contact me. If you are unavailable to take either course at Piedmont, private lessons can be arranged.

Making a (Re-)Start

3 05 2010

I am ready. I have cleared a space to set up the knitting machine. I am now making the 4th beaded bracelet since I got to Charlottesville and am more than halfway through the first beaded necklace. All of the bracelets except the latest and the necklace are peyote spirals, and the last is a Russian net. All are within a single color scheme so that they will all go together. The colors are a bright cornflower blue, purple, and and an orangish gold. I’ve varied the sizes and shapes and finishes of the beads, though, and I think they are all beautiful.

I need only some gutta to begin on fabric painting as well, perhaps using one of the photos I’ve been taking of flowers. Of course, I could also use my pictures to try some botanical watercolors.

And I’m toying with the idea of starting a project on the rigid heddle loom, probably just tea towels or placemats in a very simple cotton pattern.

After all, I’m finally at the point where we don’t have that much left on our list of essentials for the house that we actually have the money to fulfill. I’m going to have to start bringing in some more money from what I make (or from SOMEWHERE!) in order for us to do the remaining big money things. And because the list is dwindling, I actually have some time on my days off for working on projects and connecting with outlets to sell what I make.

It will feel good to get started on a non-beadwork project. I need variety.