Working Weavers Studio Trail – Oct. 2018

Working Weavers Studio Trail – making cloth visible again

Last weekend I delighted in visiting eight weavers as part of the Second Annual Working Weavers Studio Trail in Western Massachusetts.  The weavers prepared trail maps, detailed directions and a studio passport to have stamped at each location, with the possibility of winning a handwoven item upon visiting 6 of the 8 weavers.  My daughter and I delighted in the drive that wound through the beautiful autumn country roads of New England.  At each studio we reunited with old friends and teachers, while also making new friends, and concluded that weavers and textile lovers are a happy, friendly bunch.

As you can imagine, each weaver has their own style, color palettes, design elements, and genres of weaving. Their studios are filled with the results of creativity, blended with countless hours of diligence. Like the local farmers at your farmer’s market, these weavers are welcoming others into their studios to see where textiles are made right in their own communities.  They are a skilled group of artists who are professional weavers.  And they are making cloth visible again.

Below is a collage of each studio stop in the order we visited.  I hope you enjoy this mini-tour and encourage you to visit the Working Weavers Studio Tour website and facebook pages for more information and photos!

 

Chris Hammel – Ekphrasis Defined Designs

 

Paula Velveta – Studio 338 Handwoven

 

Scott Norris – Elam’s Widow

 

Sue McFarland – Wool & Weft 

Wool & Weft requested “no photos”.  However delighting and talking about fiber and textiles were definitely welcomed!

 

Mariliyn Webster – Whimsy & Tea

 

Elizabeth Hill – Plain Weave

 

Lisa Bertoldi – Weft Handwovens

 

Emily F Gwynn – Hands to Work Textiles

 

My trip to MA for the Working Weavers Studio Trail had been in the planning for over a year, and I was thrilled to have my daughter, who is living in MA accompany me along the trail.  Here we are at the end of the day – happy, hungry and oh, so very inspired!

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p.s. I  can’t resist telling you that the grass we were standing on and the car parked upon is mixed with herbal thyme and we delighted in the delicious fragrance of each and every step!

 

 

 

 

 

Michigan Weaver’s Guild – Part 2

The Michigan Weaver’s Guild meets once a month in Southfield, MI, which despite the name is just north of the city of Detroit.  I was honored and delighted to present Väv Immersion: Sixteen Weeks of Textile Heaven”.  Sharing about my experiences at Vävstuga opened all the memories once again.  From the excitement and anxieties of the first week of class, the thrill of camaraderie, the intellectual challenges of design and fiber analysis, the accomplishment of finishing project after project, and the awe of the amazing instruction provided by Becky Ashenden and friends all came wafting back into my soul.

The table was filled with 16 weeks worth of weaving, plus a few projects Post-Vävstuga.

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After the presentation the weaver’s gathered around to look, feel and experience the various fibers, textiles and class note books.

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They shared their stories, ask questions and spoke of their creative aspirations.

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I was delighted to see the last slide of the presentation in this photo as one of the weaver’s shared her textile dreams.  Photos by my husband, Daniel Corwin.

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“May you follow your creative and textile dreams!”

Michigan Weaver’s Guild Presentation

September 15, 2018  

Speaker: Tammy Renner, Vav Immersion: Sixteen Weeks of Textile Heaven

Description: Inspired by Marion Tuttle Marzolf’s historical novel Shuttle in Her Hand: A Swedish Immigrant Weaver in America, Tammy Renner dreamt of finding a residential weaving school where she could totally immerse herself in textiles. At that same time, Becky Ashenden, a graduate of Sweden’s Sätergläntan Institute of Handwork and known for her Vävstuga School of Swedish Weaving in Shelburne Falls, MA, imagined recreating the class she experienced in Sweden. In February 2016 their dreams merged with Tammy becoming one of six students in Becky’s inaugural Väv Immersion class. Tammy will share her stories, highlights, and notebooks from her sixteen weeks in “textile heaven” as well as samples of Swedish textiles.

 
Tammy Renner– Throughout her childhood, Tammy found people to guide her as she learned to make potholders, knit, crochet, sew, embroider, garden, weave pine needle baskets and macramé. She enrolled in her high school’s textile arts class and won two top sewing awards at the school fair.  Not knowing one could study textile arts as a profession, Tammy studied the other joys of her life – music, folk dance and elementary education.  Over the years she has shared her love of life, music, and textiles with children, parents, families and her peers.  After a trip to Scandinavia in 1999, she purchased her first loom, began weaving linen dishcloths and selling them at the Weavers Guild of Miami Valley’s Winter Sale in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  While attending Vävstuga’s first 16-week Väv Immersion School in 2016, Tammy wrote a detailed blog to share with her family and friends who helped her to follow her dreams. Her blog tammyweaves has been read by thousands of weavers in the U.S. and around the world.  Tammy lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she delights in weaving, teaching, gardening and encouraging others to live their dreams.

Michigan Weaver’s Guild

MEETING SCHEDULE:

  • 11:00 AM Board Meeting
  • 11:30 PM Social Time – light refreshments.  Bring your own bag lunch if you want.
  • 12:00 PM General Meeting
  • 12:30 PM Program

Peace Lutheran Church
17029 West 13 Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48076-7749

Summer 2018

June and July – A Summer of Bands – Thin bands, thick bands, a pattern band and bands mixed with embroidery to repair handles of a favorite shopping bag.

 

July – Indigo Dye is so much fun with a group of friends!  A 20 year old silk scarf was redyed in a graduated fashion, new cotton yarn took on a bright indigo and a faded green linen tunic has a new life with indigo!

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August – A happy garden sings of the final days of summer and of cooler weaving days ahead.

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Spring 2018

 

April – Emily’s Smålandsväv Scarf – Emily designed her scarf based on my favorite peacock circle scarf.

 

April – Spring Eggs – A delightful way to spend spring vacation together.

 

April to May – Flowers in the garden.

 

May – Allegra’s Graduation – Mount Holyoke College – With a new lavender filled pillow to match her Smålandsväv scarf.

 

 

Winter 2018

 

December 2017 – Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild exhibit at Cherry Hill.

Cottolin Scarf and Linen/Wool Monksbelt

 

New Year’s Eve 2018 – The tradition of creating continues!

 

January – Väv Immersion Presentation at Ann Arbor Fiber Guild.

 

February to March – Smålandsväv pillows filled with organic lavender.  Twill pillows filled with balsam.  Monk’s Belt pillow filled with feather. And a bit of embroidery to call in the spring.

Lecture: “Väv Immersion: Sixteen Weeks of Textile Heaven”

Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild (AAFG) Meeting
Monday, January 8, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Lecture: “Väv Immersion: Sixteen Weeks of Textile Heaven”,  Tammy Renner
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Inspired by Marion Tuttle Marzolf’s historical novel Shuttle in Her Hand: A Swedish Immigrant Weaver in America, Tammy Renner dreamt of finding a residential weaving school where she could totally immerse herself in textiles. At that same time, BeckyAshenden, a graduate of Sweden’s Sätergläntan Institute of Handwork and known for her Vävstuga School of Swedish Weaving in Shelburne Falls, MA, imagined recreating the class she experienced in Sweden. In February 2016 their dreams merged with Tammy becoming one of six students in Becky’s inaugural Väv Immersion class. Tammy will share her stories, highlights, and notebook from her sixteen weeks in “textile heaven” as well as samples of Swedish textiles.

Zion Lutheran Church
1501 West Liberty (between Seventh and Stadium
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

Community welcome! Meeting room is hearing and mobility accessible.