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I was fortunate to take a two-day class recently from Susan Wilson, , a weaver who has done studies in the interlacement motif. What might that be? Well, that’s why I took the class! It involves the design of the cloth itself being an interlacing or interlocking design. Think Escher but on a simple scale, woven directly as the fabric of the cloth. It was a round robin weaving workshop at Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins ( , where each student sets up a loom with a pre-assigned weaving pattern or draft. Then you get to weave on each of the other looms, making a sample of each weave structure to refer to later.

At the end of the workshop, each weaving was carefully removed from the individual loom. One cutter and one spotter worked together to carefully cut each of the fragile samples apart, making sure that no one’s sample was ruined in the process. Susan told horror stories of other round robin workshops, where weavers just hacked apart each others samples in order to get their sample off of the loom. Apparently, some people think they’re more important than others. Shocking but true, that is the way their mothers raised them I guess. In a national workshop where you might never see these folks again, some weavers think they can act in that appalling manner and get away with it.

I just really cannot understand that artists would do that to each other. You spend two days learning together, than sabotage it for what? So you can get your sample first and destroy the others so their learning and take-away is lessened? The other weavers in this local workshop were great, all very helpful and friendly towards each other.

Susan Wilson workshop on interlacement motif

I’ve included a picture of my samples from the workshop, along with more bookmarks for Africa. The bookmarks are due in a little over a week, and I’m hoping to get another set woven before then. I need to weave a scarf for a friend’s birthday this week, someone else needs a recommendation for Teach for America, and a third friend needs advice on graduate school. And oh yeah, I’ve got that full-time job to work in between. The next set of bookmarks for Africa might be just-off-the-loom and still damp when they’re delivered.

“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” – Eartha Kitt


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