Apotheca Weaving Workshop Recap

As part of my month-long feature at Apotheca in August, I got to teach a weaving workshop! I never taught a workshop before, and had very little experience teaching at all, but I was so excited for this opportunity. I learned a lot too, and I think future workshops might be in the making. A few things I learned:

-If possible, prepare a large-scale example of what you will be teaching. In my case, for next time I would wind a big picture frame with rope or string to demonstrate the weaving techniques I was teaching, in addition to making my way around the table and giving individual help.

-Be sure to have plenty of yarn on hand. Luckily I had enough yarn for everyone, thanks to my giant stash at home, but you definitely don't want to run out halfway through the class, and you want your students to be able to take some yarn home to finish their projects.

-Have a few different 'stages' of your project ready. I showed how to wrap the loom, and at the end of the workshop I brought out a weaving I had finished that was still on the frame, and demonstrated how to get the weaving off the frame successfully.

I was able to snap a few photos on my phone of the workshop, and am hoping to get better photos with my real camera next time! Enjoy:

Artist Show: Render

1 I will be displaying artwork at Apotheca Flowers & Tea Shoppe as their artist of the month for August!

I chose the name of this artist show, Render, to illustrate my love of making. To render is to cause to be or become - to make. The act of creating an intricate piece from a single strand of thread is incredibly rewarding and personal. To weave, embroider, knit or crochet something wonderful is one of my favorite things to do in the world. What once was a pile of threads can become a thing of beauty, elaborate or simple, fancy or plain. Creating a piece from one of these techniques is special, especially because these techniques go back hundreds and hundreds of years. Can you imagine inventing such a technique? Learning to weave or embroider or knit or crochet for the first time? How special would that be? Can you imagine weaving a tapestry of an historical event or cloth for clothing, embroidering a piece of fancywork or linens for a wedding, knitting a warm sweater from the sheep you raised yourself, crocheting lace in Queen Victoria's court? Sometimes I think about these things while I'm working (but most of the time I'm listening to music or watching a BBC drama or mystery series - let's be real).

Starting August 5th, come in and take a peek - it's going to be a very special display. All pieces will be available for purchase, and there will be a simple weaving workshop later in the month. Stay tuned for more details! In the meantime, here are a few glimpses of the pieces to come. (Taken on my phone, sadly, but I find time is not on my side these days! Nicer photos will be coming.)

artist show: render

artist show: render

artist show: render

artist show: render

artist show: render