This past Friday we drove up to Penland to visit Tommye and Bhakti, who are leading the Spring Concentration in fibers--eight weeks of weaving bliss. Thank you to Bruce who took these pictures, as I was too busy talking.
There are twelve students in this group, of all ages, most of them beginners, and they are advancing rapidly in their weaving journey. You may recognize Edwina (seated at the table) in the above picture. She was also visiting, although she has a long history of teaching at Penland.
Tommye (right), is a well known tapestry weaver.
And here's Bhakti (standing, left). She's a jacquard weaver of formidable skills, and most of what I know about jacquard I've learned from her.
It was a wonderful day, in one of my favorite places. I've been student and teacher here; entering that beautiful studio overlooking the mountains always makes my heart beat faster.
In other news: check out Cally Booker's wonderful video. It's a celebration of the tribe of weavers!