Some things in life happen serendipitously. That's what happened with the weaving class I took this past weekend. I was at a friend's house a couple of weeks ago and she had this great weaving hanging next to her front door. I asked her who made it and she told me it was by Laken from Woven Laine. I started following Laken on Instagram and about 5 days after I started following her, she posted that she had an opening for her weaving workshop that was coming up over the weekend. I saw the post about an hour after she had posted, though, and a few people had already said that they wanted the spot. I commented anyway and an hour later, to my surprise, Laken said that the spot was mine! I headed to her website and signed up for the class and proceeded to very impatiently wait for Sunday to come.
Sunday finally came and I headed to the wonderful Akola Project for class. It was a small class which was perfect because it meant lots of one-on-one, hands on teaching. It was 3 and a half hours long, the perfect length of time for creating a mini weaving/ornament! We went home with a lap loom (that's 3 looms that I now own, for anyone keeping count!), shed stick, shuttle, tapestry needle, and fork.
I have been practicing weaving on my mini loom for a few weeks now, so I feel pretty comfortable with the basic weave, but the class was still so helpful for me. We learned soumak, how to create a shape within a weaving, rya, and finishing techniques. The class was so fun and the kind staff at Akola gave each of us a necklace to take home as well!
After class, I came home even more inspired to continue weaving. I've been using this blog to help me remember the skills I learned in class and to learn new techniques. Yay weaving!