October vacations/fiber shows 2014
by Laurie Weinsoft on 10/14/14
As I sit here, cannot believe that OFFF is actually over let alone that my vacation time is quickly coming to an end. By the phone calls I am receiving maybe taking all of October off might have been a bit much but when you read all I have done this month hopefully my students will understand and forgive my time off.
The last weekend in September I taught three classes at OFFF. MY CLASSES WERE ALL FULL. I even had a waiting list. Ok ego rein yourself in. It was so much fun to teach such eager and excited students. We even helped sell three wheels that weekend to new spinners. What a great chance for new students to get the benefit of buying a used wheel from former students who are moving up to more professional wheels. Once again this labor of love for spinning really does seem to spread. You would think I planned it!
My carding class the first day was just an explosion of activity. The students walked out of class exhausted with stacks of batts to do some serious spinning practice. I always learn a great deal from these classes as well. I am thinking of buying a new drum carder with a longer tined cloth. We will begin saving and evaluating what is available. I will keep you posted on my findings out there. This will be hard as I do so love my Duncan's but there are some others out there that might be fun to get to know as well. For those that think spinning cannot change after being around for so long has not really paid attention. So many new innovations every day.
I have already touched on my beginning spinners but they were all spinning by eleven am. With 17 in the class, I was very impressed at how well they did listen and learn. Once again we learned that Utube while helpful does not replace actual hands on learning. The class was so excited at the end of class as the packed up their skeins to show to friends.
Finally we concluded the weekend with spinning two. I had several former students in this class. As always I am pleased to see those students again and rejoice in their great progress. We had about two days worth of material to learn in six hours. As you can imagine I really wanted to give them all I could in one day. The class ended with an overwhelming request to do a Spinning 2.5 so we could continue this class at black sheep and at OFFF. PREREQUISITE: you must have already taken spinning two from me. Would people really sign up for this class? I certainly would gladly teach it.
I will share more a little later. So much to say and so little space to say it. Laurie