Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Thrill of a Twill!

Robyn Spady, an incredible weaver, teacher, and person was in town as the keynote speaker for the Iowa Federation Meeting hosted by yours truly-The Craft Guild of Iowa City. After which, she presented a 2 day workshop, The Thrill of a Twill for CGIC members, as well as others from Omaha, Waterloo, Norwalk. And a thrill it was.
Robyn Spady sharing a laugh with her host Jeanne

We meet in a gym in Shueyville; Robyn laughed that it was the first time she shared space with a basketball hoop. Each person chose his/her own fiber, warping her/his looms to weave each of the samples discussed by Robyn. In this photo, 30 folks are diligently working. After lunch the adventure continued, Robyn showed us how could we develop the twill into something magnificent on only 4 shafts. She demonstrated computer softwear use in designing twills. Over the next two days, we wove, experienced, socialized, shared meals, and thoroughly enjoyed learning the thrill of a twill and spending time with other weavers.

We spent a lot of time just looking at how others' samples were coming out.  Asking all those intelligent questions like...

How did that squiggle  happen?

What fiber is that?...Bumps? Texture?
Where was I?  Is this how it's supposed to look?
Wow, that sparkly stuff really pops...what did you use?
Laughter, Food, Fiber...A couple of days with other likeminded doesn't get any better than this. 

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