Saturday we left Tampa and drove to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, site of the Complex Weavers Seminars. On the way we made a stop at St. Pete Beach, where I had a chance to show off my knitting project: a couple of rows here, a couple of rows there - it really adds up.
Registration at CW went smoothly - Penny and her committee were super organized (or so it appeared to me), and the opening presentation by Richard Jeryan was wonderful. Richard and his wife Chris restored the jacquard loom at The Henry Ford, and he described the process and detailed some of the history. As I write this, seminars are about to begin. The Internet service here is experiencing some problems this weekend, so hopefully the post will go through OK.
Back again after a day of no Internet.
Sunday at a seminar on polychrome damask I snapped this picture of Carolyn Gritzmaker in her gorgeous drawloom-woven vest.
Sunday evening we were treated to an extraordinary video of an interview with Peter Collingwood. He talked about his weaving career, his philosophy, and some of his innovations, and showed the inner workings of his original shaft-switcher and his ingenious arrangement of small bits of rigid heddle for his macro-gauzes.
Unforeseen circumstances have caused me to leave the conference early, so I will miss the fashion show and the silent auction, two events I always look forward to at Complex Weavers Seminars. If any fellow conference-goers have pictures of these events to post, please send me the links. Let's help spread the word about Complex Weavers! I've heard the great news that 1/3 of the attendees at this year's conference are first-timers. Way to go!