Some student stories from my September billedvev weekend workshop #2.
Kata Bulinski–who won this week’s distinction as the student who traveled the farthest, from eastern Oregon–had a dog in mind to weave. It’s fun to work with students to figure out the best way to weave their images. We work with tracing paper over an original sketch, discussing which angles will be easy or difficult to weave, and make adjustments. Kata was a great problem solver. She ran out of her purple background; she chose another. She wanted white paws on the dog, because that had significance in the Polish folk tale the dog represented, but they would fade into the light background. So she made a white patch.
Don’t the bold joins end up looking like the hair of the dog?
Mary Glock traveled least; she lives in Decorah. She explored billedvev with a sampler based on the one supplied in Bjorg Christiansen White’s Billedvev book, but made it her own by mixing up the order of the borders and making it colorful. She chose colors from a giant basket of needlepoint skeins she bought at a local thrift shop. It was fun for the rest of us to see how the yarn wove up. Part of the fun of being in a workshop is seeing a variety of materials being used, and how they affect the look of the weaving.
Gail Eide was the second student with a dog theme. She started with a heart, because she liked a small heart I wove for Rebecca Mezoff’s Valentine heart challenge a while back (blog post here). Gail was a pretty new weaver, but her architect’s mind figured out the basics quickly, and in a short while she set a new and tricky challenge for herself, to add a paw print in the heart and a beagle at the top. By the time we were discussing the angles and joins for the beagle that will appear above, she completely understood how it will happen. And she has the loveliest beagle yarn colors in Norwegian prydvev yarn.
I feel like I’m waiting for special gifts to appear in my email, the completed photos of the student pieces.