Saturday, January 21, 2017
So, 6+ years ago, L came to the studio and said she had read on my blog where I was looking for an apprentice, and she thought she might want to do that.
I said, "wow".
But, she added, she didn't want to actually weave. She only wanted to help.
My father always told me that beggars can't be choosers. So I said, "sure".
It wasn't long before I coaxed her into helping me with weaving rugs on the 7 ft Toika.
Then a bit later, she admitted she would like to try weaving a rug.
The rest is history............
I joke that we make a good team, because our approach is so different. She is Miss Anal....and I am Miss Fly by the seat of my Pants.
But it works.
She always likes me to pick out the drafts, the fiber, and the warp color. Then she wants me to tell her what I want. Then she weaves.
So we put a friendship towel warp on the Schacht before Christmas. I picked some godawful gaudy colors for the cotton warp.......as usual, she said "WHAT???????"
And when it was time to actually start the towels....she asked me "what color do I use for weft?"
And I replied, because I'm a registered smart ass......."beats me! Pick something."
She moaned and groaned a bit, then she did just that.
She took the warp off yesterday, and today I hemmed, washed and pressed them.
And I have to say, they are stunning.
Her color choices rocked!!!!!!!
They are awesome, awesome, awesome.
I think she has graduated, from apprentice to assistant.
I can't be more proud of the weaver she has become.
But even better, way better, than that?????????
What a great friend she is.