Weaving Wall Hangings Workshop with Mandy Greer, November 12

Weaving Wall Hangings Workshop with Mandy Greer, November 12


Workshop: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 11 AM—4:30 PM
+ Artist Talk SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 7PM at Northwind Arts Center


We are innately drawn to the charms of weaving, evocative of so many rich metaphors, bringing disparate parts into a whole, interlacing of ideas, the inter-dependency of the communal. It’s a human technology that has been around for 27,000 years—even before agriculture—and still captivates us. In the ancient Greek mind, weaving was linked to singing and storytelling, which makes sense when you sit at a loom, the strings not unlike the strings of a lyre. It is an archetypal coming together of human necessity and creative expression, and represents the cosmos in many cultures, infinitely expanding order out of chaos.  For Homer, it represented intellectual activity, and the subversive way women claimed agency and legacy. Weaving goddesses ensnare and trap, measuring out the fiber of being.

Let’s weave together.
The woven wall hangings so popular today are a throw-back to my own youth of the 70’s.  But sitting at a loom for a devoted period of time seems to kick up ancient memories. Weaving was my gateway drug to fiber arts, when I was 8 years old and had the chance to weave on large 19th century looms in the attic of an old Girls Scout lodge in Virginia.  I felt something mysterious had been revealed to me.

Since then, I’ve longed to have my own loom, but been daunted by the cost and space. Yet people around the world have created weaves on the slightest of looms, and I challenged myself to create a communal experience making this practice easy for anyone.

I’ve broken it down into simple steps that I can teach to any beginner, but will guide students to make a complex and rich work with plain weave, sumac stitch, basket weave, poofs, tufts and angles. We’ll work on easily-built basic looms and discuss ways to build your own loom. 

We’ll take a short lunch break, so bring a sack lunch. 

MATERIALS: I have some incredible luxurious and organic materials for you! In addition to upcycled clothing, I have acquired a HUGE lot of samples from a Tibetan rug making company, with 100’s of colors in earth tones and jewel tones, and we’ll reclaim this amazing hand-spun and dyed wool to create our tufts, fringes and weaves. The yarn is not overly processed and still has some lanolin in it, and has a natural character to it.  I also have many many skeins of natural colors of wool in Icelandic and unprocessed Merino wools, as well as many colors of roving, natural jute-type fibers and reclaim cotton knit. All tools provided.

Learn more about Mandy and her work: CLICK HERE

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