Sunday, May 22, 2016

Weaving Workshop

A gorgeous drive yesterday morning as I made my way to the Sadu House for the Woven Paintings Workshop.
Sadu House was started in 1978 by Sheikha Altaf Salem Al-Ali Al-Sabah and others who were interested in preserving the traditional arts and crafts of the Bedouins.
Sheikha Altaf was there to introduce Lesli Robertson, Artist and Professor of Fibers at the University of North Texas, who would be teaching the workshop.
Lesli is a Fulbright Specialist who is here on her second trip to Kuwait, this time to help organize and coordinate a set of special woven panels that will be on display later this year at Al Shaheed Park.   
She hand-dyed indigo wool the night before -- to depict water and waves -- so that all the workshop participants could help weave a piece for the installation.

After a brief introduction, we were able to gather our supplies and get to work.
So much talent and creativity.
So much color and inspiration.
Two woven works as they developed over the day.

And finally my work in progress.
I obviously need to loosen up.
When I first signed up for the workshop, I thought that that timing of 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. was way too long, especially since we paid so little to attend.
As it turns out, 6 hours flew by in no time, and only a few actually finished their weaving.

I have more to share but will save that for another day. 
Maybe by then I will have finished my own little woven painting, however wonky it may be.

Creative wishes,


Anonymous said...

Your reds and sparkles are so pretty. Looking forward to seeing your finished weaving.

Dagmar said...

What a wonderful way to spend your afternoon, I am sure your weaving will turn out really well.

Mereknits said...

I am so excited for you. What a fantastic workshop, you know I would have loved to be there. I think this type of weaving is so creative, I am glad you had a great time. Your weaving looks great.

Createology said...

This is such a wonderful collaboration of people and fibers. Every weaving is gorgeous. The time flying by shows how much fun and interest there was that day. I look forward to seeng more.

Teresa Kasner said...

I think it's okay for it not to be perfect when you're doing freestyle weaving.. you'll love it always. I do hope you hang it on your wall. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Lisa said...

What an amazing day! It is always fun to try something new and be surrounded by all that creativity. I can't wait to see your finished piece.

Betsy said...

Oh Tammy that looks like so much fun. I had fun weaving with the he little loom Fifi gave me a couple of weeks ago but don't know if I remember how. Your class looks like it would be very interesting.

SusanLotus said...

Thank you for sharing!
It´s so interesting to see what happens in your part of the world´s
day-to-day-life. So fun to see all your nice work and how fun you all
were having.

I laughed a little when you wrote you have to loosen up! :)
I tried to crochet a few times and my potholder looked much worse
than that! It was so strung and I had no talent at all.

I´m sure your woven will look lovely. Looking forward to see more photos.

Have a wonderful day!

crafty cat corner said...

Now you make me want to have a go at weaving, as thought I don't have enought stuff to catch up with, ha ha


Little Treasures said...

I would love to take a weaving workshop in the future so I had fun browsing through your pictures!!!

Sam I Am...... said...

What a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved and how wonderful that they started such a great art center as it benefits so many; teachers included. I think the more we interact with others that are different than ourselves, or where and how we were raised then the more appreciation we have for each other. I think the teacher was the lucky one. Look at all that talent gathered in one room! I love your weaving and isn't it amazing how they are all so unique? Just like each one of us and all beautiful too! So glad you got to partake.

Laurie said...

Hey Tammy, you have the neatest workshops in your area. That looked like so much fun. Can't wait to see yours, when you're finished.

Linda said...

Looks like a neat experience! :)

Gracie Saylor said...

Exciting! I'm so glad you got to go, Tammy! I have several little lap looms I purchased years ago but have yet to use. Loom painting is interesting. I look forward to seeing more of what you are working on...wonky or not! Thanks for posting xx

Helen Philipps said...

Beautiful weaving...what a lovely workshop day you had. Loved all the different yarns, especially the indigo hand dyed one. Looking forward to seeing some more!
Happy new week, Tammy.
Helen xox

~*~Patty S said...

What a wonderful workshop and opportunity.
Love those indigo threads along with all of the creations.
Many many years ago I tried my hand at loom weaving and still have the piece I made.
I admire weavers and their dedication and patience.

Quinn said...

What a great day! Weaving seems to be like spinning, in that people try it and often become addicted. Will we be seeing more of your weaving, do you think?
I really miss being able to take workshops to explore new things. Thank goodness for the internet!

Tanya said...

What a INCREDIBLE workshop - how much fun was this!!! OK, JEALOUS. Love those little looms...I can see some new additions to your Secret Garden from this. Your final photo of the class participants is really GREAT - what a beautiful grouping of creative souls. Happy Thursday.

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