I just reviewed photos from workshops this year. Many lessons were taught, dozens of lessons learned, and plans were made for next year …. all reasons why I teach. See the calendar for workshop sites in 2015.
I flew to Mesa Arizona in January right in-between the coldest spells in West Virginia. People came down from South Dakota to escape the cold and others ‘wintered’ in sunny Arizona. The projects were colorful and three days went too quickly.
The class at Cedar Lakes Rug School was filled with sixteen eager students. Some had finally signed up with me after a few years of seeing work by other students and others repeated with new projects and goals. At the end of the week, I complimented them all, referring to this session as a Masters Class. I was challenged, they contributed and every project was well on its way to being a great piece. I am teaching here again next year, email Nancy Blair at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The topic at Green Mountain Rug Hooking School in Vermont was the Moods of Color. We did get to hooking designs based on a mood the participants brought but began the three days with several exercises. On the blackboard each posted a word under one of six colors. Before looking farther what would you say about Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple?
Manistee Rug School in Onekama, MI is coordinated by a guild rather than a business. Volunteers for every job join together bringing in the new members and adapting each year to the needs of all. This was a repeat for me, the first time was in 2011. I made a point to dine with a different instructor each evening, making new friends and delving deeper into old friendships. The class included beginners, pattern designers, experimenters, folk painters and abstract artists. Diverse and challenging, their projects evolved well over the week.
Sauder Village Rug Week is in Archbold, OH is in its 18th year. Ruckman Mill Farm vended again right next to Dorr Mill Store in the Exhibit Hall where we enjoyed the Celebration rugs and special collection of Esther and Judy Knipe. The workshop I taught covered a wide variety of ways for Finishing Hooked Rugs, (title of new book by experts in each technique… including a chapter on finishing work for gallery exhibits by me). We used the exhibit to explore finishes, talked about the appropriate new technique for students work and using a small sample “learned” three techniques. Response from the students was to offer this again. Look for class schedules at SauderVillage.org in early November. I will be teaching several different classes all week.