Yesterday I did that weaving workshop I talked about a little while ago, with Maryann Talia Pau at Harvest Workroom. It was totally fab. Maryann is a relaxed and very natural teacher, and although I missed the first little bit, everyone was off to a good start by the time I arrived and so able to help me 😉
Actually I slotted in easily, with a little help from my neighbours, who told me how to cut the strips of Harvest’s textile offcuts to the right size, then to choose my preferred coloured raffia. Maryann (and Lucy) then helped me with the beginning of the basket – how to begin and get the blanket stitch going, and I was away! It was a large group of people, most with an artistic background, so as you might expect a really interesting array of works were produced.
Despite most of us being new to the technique, the time just flew by and the works produced were all so unique and beautiful. And many weavers claimed that their personality types were beginning to shine through their objects. I had a great time, sitting between Lucy of The Design Files and Jude, a high school arts teacher, along with meeting neighbours Phoebe, Ali, Helen and Jenny, and watching their works evolve along with my own.
I can highly recommend that you get along to Maryann’s two-day workshop there in October. With the extended format there’s a big chance that she’ll be able to share some more of her secrets.
With a bit more time I’ll finish the jewellery piece that I started at the workshop and share it here too. I’ve got some flying to do later this week – weaving myself something to wear in Sydney should kill some time.