February 2015

The Red River is frozen solid, and as usual the plows have cleared a track, so people can skate on the river.

Public skating arena on the Red River, below the Norwood Bridge

Public skating arena on the Red River, below the Norwood Bridge.

But I’m in California. At the invitation of Jules Kliot, I taught a sprang class at the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles in Berkeley, California. The weather was markedly different from what we were having in Winnipeg.

Adeline Street, just outside the Lacis Lace Museum in Berkeley.

Adeline Street, just outside the Lacis Lace Museum in Berkeley.

Many thanks to Jules and to Erin for making this class happen.

Then on to speak to a gathering of the Santa Cruz Handweavers. The place where they meet is in a park.

again a stark contrast from Manitoba weather for February.

again a stark contrast from Manitoba weather for February.

I then taught two classes to the Santa Cruz Handweavers, one on sprang

We explored flat warp & circular warp, as well as interlinking, lace holes, interlacing, and twining.

We explored flat warp & circular warp, as well as interlinking, lace holes, interlacing, and twining.

And then I taught a second class on the subject of finger weaving.

Students were invited to explore the chevron pattern ...

Students were invited to explore the chevron pattern …

as well as the sawtooth pattern. Put these two together, and you have the arrowhead.

… as well as the sawtooth pattern. Put these two together, and you have the arrowhead.

Thanks to Mibs, Yonat, Barbara, and Ruth, for the work they did to make these workshops a pleasant experience for all.

Looking forward to returning to California again sometime.

But now I’m in New Zealand. Here’s the view from my window

Taupo, New Zealand

Taupo, New Zealand

I will be teaching in Wellington, Mosgiel, Ashburton, Halswell, and Taupo, and then attending the national Creative Fibre Conference in Auckland at the end of April.

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