When tackling a new skill, sometimes the best way is to take a course! Last winter I bought a Schacht's Mighty Wolf loom and it was a little overwhelming! I took a weaving class at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham, MI. This spring I was awarded a grant from the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild to continue my studies. Now I'm back at the BBAC to learn how to work with chenille yarns and make a sampler of weave structure
My instructor, Sue Walton, is knowledgeable, clear in her instruction, unflappable and able to solve or redirect any weaving problem. Perfect!
In the classroom setting you learn from the other students and watch how their projects are created and woven. Several of the women in my class are longtime, talented weavers. It's so inspiring!
My First Project: Chenille fabric for a short jacket. The fabric has a great feel and drape and I'm pleased with the color. I expect to have the fabric off the loom this week. The next challenge is to cut and sew the fabric into the jacket I have in mind. Thank goodness I have a serger sewing machine to finish edges!
Next post? Perhaps I'll be showing a finished jacket. No pressure though. It's all a learning process.
I am Terrie Voigt, and I'm a textile and glass artist. I create art in both mediums and at times combine textiles with glass to create multi-media pieces or wearable art with glass closures.