Happy New Year everyone!
What a year 2019 has been.
The year started with my moving looms and spinning wheels from the ground floor of the school to the second floor and setting them all up again. A project that, combined with often inclement weather which prevented my being at the center, took just about 9 weeks to finish.
My reward was another, somewhat longer this time, trip back to Marshfield School of Weaving to weave linen for the first time. What a magnificent time it was on many levels. Little can compare to being able to focus completely without distractions, on the project at hand. Just short of 3 yards of linen was accomplished which I have yet to use. For now I am content to admire it and fantasize about it’s eventual use.
I had a weaving student in April who spent a day weaving a rag rug on one of the barn looms. She was new to weaving and did a remarkable job her first time weaving.
Between April and May I concentrated on weaving for the museum and considereded how the remainder of the year would unfold. I opted to teach and lecture as the opportunity came up rather than solicit students for structured regular classes, and opened the doors to a variety of people right up until December.
In September I added a third and final classroom to my space allowing for more room to spread out and share the spinning wheel collection as well as hold Great Wheel spinning classes. As grateful as I am for the space I am lucky to have ( thanks to the kind generosity of the Truxton Community Center) I sure could use the whole building!
This year I added three looms to the school. Two barn frame and one modern Macomber 20 shaft dobby loom. I actually turned away two looms.
I have also begun to put plans in place to relocate when the time comes.
This fall the Truxton Charter Academy opened for grades K-2 and the school currently operates on the ground floor with Old School Wool and Weaving Center, a yoga studio and a Makers’ Space occupying the 2nd floor.
In time as the school grows and more space is required, I’ll be relocating the weaving center to the town of Homer, about 8 miles closer to Cortland. Being an ” idealistic-dreamer ” , I envision a 3 story brick former mill on the creek as my new home, but that is pure fantasy, still fun to indulge. I have no property picked out yet, but hope to find one that will allow for more looms than I have currently.
Be sure to check out the new listing of classes and stay tuned. I have guest instructors coming, but as of this moment the details are not solid. When they are, I will also announce them.
I am learning new computer/ internet/social media skills ( kicking and screaming all the way ) but the result is two Face Book live feeds per week and daily regular posts to both FB and Instagram.
I admit I actually enjoy doing it largely because I am most comfortable sharing through visuals and conversation. This format seems to allow me to do that even though I still need to perfect my understanding of how it works.
Thank you for hanging in there with me and following along. I’m excited to come together and learn from all of you in the coming days of 2020!