30 Miles and 30 Yards

I like to think of everything in terms of numbers.  It helps me grasp what I've been working on, and frankly, it's just amusing too.

I had a fantastically productive start to 2016.  I was lucky enough to be the textiles studio assistant and winter resident at Penland School of Crafts this January!  It was a wonderful experience and I was able to accomplish more than I ever imagined.  I'm always productive at Penland, but after all the craziness of 2015, I was especially ready to focus and accomplish as much as possible while I was there in their incredible studios.  I wove approximately 30 yards on the loom and naturally dyed 30 miles of fiber to weave this year!  (I had trouble wrapping my mind around the tens of thousands of yards of fiber, so translating it to miles helps me comprehend the absurdity.)  Additionally, I began a new body of woven work, and I'm really excited to be continuing it currently in my studio now that I'm back home.

I hope to write more about my Penland experience soon, but in the meantime, here is a quick photo preview:

Sunlight and shadows on one of my weavings on the loom.

Sunlight and shadows on one of my weavings on the loom.

Magical Penland skies outside the studio.

Magical Penland skies outside the studio.

Penland's former dye shed in the snow.

Penland's former dye shed in the snow.

A few skeins of the hundreds of skeins of yarn I naturally dyed drying in the window.

A few skeins of the hundreds of skeins of yarn I naturally dyed drying in the window.

Weaving with linen and horsehair.  I'm happiest at the loom!

Weaving with linen and horsehair.  I'm happiest at the loom!