Tag: weaving

What Class Will Ewe Take?

Our acclaimed Fiber Arts program honors traditional roots while celebrating new and creative innovations in the craft. Come learn intriguing techniques and new styles in weaving, spinning, knitting, felt making, dyeing, quilting, and more. Beginning and seasoned fiber enthusiasts alike enjoy our diverse classes. View these upcoming fiber class picks.

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The Greening of the Fields

I turned off the lights in my studio and set out for Brasstown, just 12 miles away.  Around the curve and up the hill to Keith House, the signs of buds and new growth are everywhere. I park by the old oak tree outside the fiber arts studio so I can walk down the hill to Tower House, my first stop. I’ll mention here that since it was fairly spring like that day, I had worn a bright pink skirt with lace trim, a hand-dyed pink jacket with rhinestones, and my trusty pink tiger striped hi-tops. Topping this outfit off was pink heart shaped sunglasses. Voila!

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Images from Advanced Weeks, January 2011

During the first few weeks of January (1/9-1/28), students and instructors came from as close as Brasstown, and as far away as Canada to take or teach intermediate and advanced classes in art & craft, music, and writing. The master instructors traveled here to spend time with us, teaching and enjoying their time spent at the Folk School. While many focused on improving their skills, there were a lot of new techniques being explored, like 3-D Kaleidoscope making, dyeing on wool using resist techniques and clamps, and making colorful, textured and crimped cloth in the Weaving Studio. There was experimentation with technology, such as using Photoshop to assist in the design process for tapestry, as well as printing photographs on silk fabric. (Can you tell which of the photos below is a piece of silk fabric with digital imagery?) The woodturners continued to awe us as they turned out vessels made from both native and exotic wood, and created boxes with lids, and vessels with feet. The potters threw some impressively large forms, and sculpted beautiful busts and figures. The blacksmiths forged glistening knives out of steel, made medieval padlocks, and hammered and welded a sculptural fish, a T-Rex dinosaur, and a larger-than-life rabbit. The Cooking Studio supplied the rest of the campus with the aroma of fresh-baked bread, as well as delicious samples, and the new outdoor oven was fired-up for the first time for a class! Here’s a sampling of photos from these last few weeks.

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Weaving and History

Last week has been a wonderful exploration into weaving history for me!  My dear friend and “weaving Mom,” Barbara Miller and I traveled to Berea College in Kentucky. We spent several long days looking through archives on early weaving programs at settlement schools in the Appalachian region.

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The Folk School Cookbook

We are so excited about The Folk School Cookbook. Nanette Davidson, cookbook author, meticulously collected, curated, and adapted over 200 delicious recipes. These include some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school’s Dining Hall and at seasonal celebrations over the decades. Bring the Folk School’s culinary traditions into your own kitchen and order your copy today!