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2011 . . . Bring it on!

New Year’s is my all-time favorite holiday!  Why?  Well, you can start the year any way you like.  Plus, no one dislikes it.  I can honestly say I’ve never heard anyone grumble about New Year’s.  But, most importantly, it’s about new beginnings and opportunities.  If you had a good year, you probably feel positive about a new one.  If the past year was a bit difficult, a new year provides a clean slate with a year chock full of possibilities.

2010 was an amazing year for me!  It’s probably the only time I fulfilled my New Year’s resolution . . . stay out of hospitals.  Baring any kind of disaster in the next 12 hours or so, I expect it to remain.  After the events of 2009, this was a biggie!  Best of all, in 2010 I got to spend time with amazing weavers and other fiber artists teaching, sharing, and getting inspired . . . and hopefully, providing a little inspiration to others.  2011 is shaping up to be just as incredible, if not more so!

As a way of celebrating the end of a great year, I would like to share a couple of things that make me smile.

First, I will be ending 2010 and beginning 2011 by drinking Weaver’s Coffee!  Yes, you read that correctly.  Weaver’s Coffee.  I bought this at Whole Foods when I was in Berkeley, CA last month.  When I found out about it, I knew I just had to get some.

Second, weavers can be odd creatures because we sometimes find intrigue with spiders when many people avoid them at all costs.  Recently, a spider ingratiated itself by spinning a web on my deck and staying very still in the center of it while I took its picture.  And, yes . . . it was a big web and a big spider!

Last, but not least, our two birds like hanging out in my studio and have staked out their favorite hangouts.  Rosie likes to set herself on the crank handle on top of my 16-strand maypole braider, while Pepper prefers perching on top of my AVL.  They’re both still young and it’s a little weird when they both decide to fly around at the same time . . . but, they’re good company and tolerate the noise and activity when I’m weaving away.

Happy New Year!  I look forward to sharing my upcoming fiber adventures in 2011.  I think it’s going to be a great year!

Ducky things in California . . . and setting the sun on 2010

Wow!  December 1st!  The year has gone by quickly and there’s a part of me that is sorry to see it coming to an end.  I’ve had a great year!  I just returned from my last teaching trip for 2010 . . . and as much as I’m glad to be home for a few weeks, I know I’m going to miss being in the company of other weavers within the next week or so.

First stop was the Redwood Empire Handweavers Guild in northern California for the workshop “There’s Two Sides to Every Cloth” . . . It was a wonderful group of weavers . . . a terrific guild . . . and surprise, surprise!  Ducky McHeger joined us to check out the workshop and learn a little about weaving . . . plus, Ducky helped me as a projectionist.  You may be wondering “Who is Ducky McHeger?”  Ducky is a very large rubber duckie that was kidnapped by “abducktors” and has been traveling around having adventure after adventure . . . Ducky has been posting his adventures on his own Facebook page.  Hopefully, he’ll soon find his way home . . . but, in the meantime, he seems to be having a lot of fun. 

After having a marvelous time with the Redwood Empire Handweavers Guild, I headed south to San Luis Obispo/Morrow Bay to do the workshop “Extreme Warp Makeover” for the Central Coast Weavers.  The building the workshop was held in was a sight to see . . . It’s a straw barn (specifically, a rice straw barn).  I’ve heard of structures like this, but don’t think I’ve ever seen one.  The building is built with straw bales as a fundamental component of the walls.  Below are a couple of pictures of the outside of the building and one of the “truth” window that shows what is within the walls.   There are more pictures of the workshop while it was underway . . . plus, another image that shows just a few of the barn looms.  It was an impressive collection and I was thrilled to see such a major effort going into the rescue and preservation of these looms.

With my teaching for 2010 coming to an end I got to witness one of nature’s most beautiful sunsets at Morrow Bay.  Plato philosophized that nature was God’s art . . . standing there watching the colors change, I’d have to agree.

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