Attention!! The recruits in Deb Jones’ Spinner’s Boot Camp grant permission for you to inspect their field of operations (aka the Walter Studio). Deb brings so much for the students to experiment with, from wheels to blending and carding tools to an amazing array of fleece. It certainly allowed them to be all they can be!
In this class, the boot camp atmosphere began with each student receiving a fatigue hat to form a spinning squad. Daily training in techniques and challenges were part of the week’s wooly “obstacle course”.
To become a more intentional spinner along with instilling more skills and confidence were the goals of these training exercises. At the end of the first day, the comments were, “I’ve learned so much already”. That’s always the case when you have Deb as an instructor.
After learning those new skills and spending a fun fiber week together, we say, “at ease” spinners!
Just as much basic training was going on in the Beginning Weaving on a Table Loom class taught by Nancy Frantz. There’s a lot of weaving information to cover in a short time, not to mention actually measuring the warp, threading, sleying and weaving a sampler project.
The “Learn How to Weave” booklet by Sophie and Walter Schutz that is given to beginning weavers at Sievers reads “…you too will be a weaver. You won’t be an expert weaver at the start and this may be one of the fascinations of the craft. You get better with each item you weave and you will realize in a short time that there is no saturation point on what you can do.”
With their sampler projects off the loom, we hope these students, too, became fascinated with the craft of weaving!