A few weeks ago, I bought this exercise ball with the intention that I would somewhat make an attempt to get back into shape. Though I had every intention of “exercising” to which I still don’t just exercise, I used the ball while I was eating meals, while I was on the computer, while practicing voice lessons and reading. Then it dawned on me that I could use it while weaving!!! HELLO!! This is one of the most important pieces of weaving equipment! This is the perfect seat; it is just the right softness, provides perfect posture, moves side to side as you are weaving a long horizontal line, and all while toning up your muscles! GO OUT AND BUY ONE NOW!!!
And then I remembered today that Crystal, one of my weaving students, had mentioned that she was going to buy either an ergonomic chair or an exercise ball; that was about a month ago; at 30 years old, she knows how to prepare herself for the best seat in town — golly, where have I been for the past 30 years weaving on a hard bench!? Hello? AND, we must remember that as we get older, let’s face it, our bums begin to lose their natural “padding!” The body balls are THE answer for the rest of your weaving life!
I envision many of you Chilkat weavers have started this year off with a project or two on your loom(s), or you are at least intending to complete the one(s) you have on your loom(s) this year! I would like to help inspire and assist you to complete your project(s) and gain confidence as a weaver of Chilkat.
I will be conducting a workshop in Chilkat weaving for just one day in Juneau the day AFTER Celebration on Sunday, June 15th. (Some of you who are from out of town may make arrangements to spend another day to attend this valuable workshop!) My daughter, Lily Hope will be my assistant.
This workshop is for experienced weavers of all levels. “Experienced” meaning you have at least some basic knowledge of how to warp your loom, how to weave the two strand twine and the three-strand braid, etc. This workshop is about refining your skills and gaining confidence as a weaver of Chilkat.
It doesn’t matter to me if you learned from another Chilkat weaver or were a student of mine, we are all in the same boat – you are welcomed to attend.
The workshop will focus on tricks-of-the-trade skills learned from Jennie Thlunaut and those that I developed the past 30 years of weaving. These include (but are not limited to):
TBA — I have not found a location just yet. I am looking into this. The location depends on the number of people who are interested in this workshop. I may conduct the workshop in someone’s home if we have 10 people or less (because I like having a kitchen so we can eat!), or if we have more than 10, we conduct the workshop in an office boardroom or possibly the JACC, etc.
If you have a suggestion for a location, please let me know.
Deadline for sign up:
After Class at 4-5pm:
Directly after class, for about an hour or so, I will be available to talk to those of you who want to be a self-employed artist; those who want to weave, weave and weave, but are wary about making a living at your work. I know that after 37 years of being a full-time, self-employed artist working in a variety of mediums and raising three kids and a husband all the while, I am a living testament to “it can be done!” I can help provide you some advice and opportunities which may assist you in working towards this goal. I will provide you with a list of do’s and don’ts, grant organizations, entrepreneur classes at IAIA, and a couple of methods to make residual income. There will be no charge for this information. Let me know if you are interested and I will pencil you in!
if you are interested in taking this one-day class, contact me via phone (970-903-8386) or email (email@example.com).
Let’s face it, we’re going to have a blast! (Like “Hello!” – imagine a room of weavers “weaving on the ball!”)
Thank you for your time and interest!
In recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE), Inc. is proud to announce its first annual Arts and Media Scholarship Contest. Juneau teens between the ages of 14 and 19 are invited to create art and media that demonstrates positive and healthy relationships.
The contest is open to a variety of artistic expressions and the three top winners will receive scholarships in the amount of $50, $100, and $150. Applications accepted February 14-March 14, 2014 and can be dropped off at any of the Juneau Public Libraries.
For more information about the application and scholarship, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call AWARE at 907-586-6623 and ask for Esther Smith
Celebrate reading in Juneau by attending Read Across America!
Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat! Celebrate NEA's Read Across America Day. The free event takes place from 10:00 am to noon at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Activities, celebrity readers, entertainment and birthday cake! Free books for all kids who attend.
After 6 weeks of illness, weaving while singing voice lessons is heavenly! Golly, what a life! It feels so good to get back to “Resilience.” I designed and am now weaving this Chilkat robe called “Resilience.” You may see the full pattern with the design description by visiting the blog entry here. And you may see previous photos of the process of weaving this robe up until today by clicking on these blog entries here.
I am 6 weeks behind schedule because of my long winter illness. I am not even a third completed with this robe and it is due by June 15th – that’s only 3.5 months! I wove the “Diving Whale Lovebirds” robe in 5 months; looks like I am on for another marathon!