I can’t believe it’s September already! September will go to school again and again for me. No matter what happens in the world, for me it always means back to school. So today I want to talk to you about the school we built for SweetGeorgia.
In the photo above you can see that I am almost finished spinning this braid of yak + silk fiber that has been in my stash since 2016. It took me so long to really settle into a rhythm of spinning this beautifully delicate fiber and to understand how I move my hands and the wheel to make the best possible yarn out of this fiber. After years of walking a few feet from the crease and then turning a few feet with a quick pull forward, I listened Debbie Held’s e-spinning workshop for the School of SweetGeorgia and was reminded of the technique of cross lacing. Lo and behold, small folded pieces of this fiber hold and twist out of the fold with an assisted long pull while the yarn is wrapped around one arm of the flyer … this is how I spin the best yarn of my life. The time spent with this fiber was restful and calming. And the resulting yarn is (so far) full of spring and life. Learning these skills and techniques was a long road and it took many hours behind the wheel to gain experience. I am so grateful for this journey and that I am blessed with the chance to do it. I hope that by building the School of SweetGeorgia we can bring the makers of the incredible depth and breadth of fiber art closer and that this can help restore us and bring us joy. Maybe it can be something that saves our souls.
In todays Take back Friday videoI want to talk about the fiber art school we founded called The School of SweetGeorgia. This is a project we started a few years ago that is designed to teach fiber art – the continuum of fiber art. And by the continuum, I mean that I don’t think fiber art is just one thing. It doesn’t just spin on its own. Or weave alone. Fiber art is that great, long, continuous journey; From the point where you take the fiber from a sheep or plant and then process the fiber into something that can be spun into yarn. The yarn is then converted into fabric either through knitting, crocheting, weaving, or even tapestry. And it all depends on the colors – how colors are mixed and blended in dyeing, spinning, twisting, knitting or weaving.
All of these activities and all of this knowledge are the fiber arts in my opinion. What I’ve been trying to do in building this school is to show how all of the fiber arts are interrelated. To show how they influence and influence each other. Like one thing you change on one end, your output can change on the other end. And how the journey we are on, learning fiber art, has no end.
Join me for today’s vlog episode of Taking Back Friday to learn more about the school. I also talk a little about how SweetGeorgia is celebrating our 15th anniversary on September 9th and the rebranding process we went through last year, as well as moving a studio to a new location.
IN THIS EPISODE
- what i wear:: I wear mine Navelli tea designed by Caitlin Hunter. I knit my version from two strands of test-dyed Tough Love Sock (the next color is Deep Cove) plus one strand of Fauna and one strand of auburn. We also have some color sets for Navelli here.
- what I’m talking about today:: In today’s Vlog episode, I’ll be talking all about that School of SweetGeorgia. You can also read more about the SOS site in my last blog post here. including details on our new SOS Mobile App, both of which are available for download iOS and Android Equipment!
- Would you like to learn more about fiber art? Visit us at School of SweetGeorgia! We hope you will join us on your journey to learning the fiber art. We’re always adding new content to learn and explore – fiber art Courses, Tutorialshelpful items, our friendlier one Community forum Space for doers to chat and ask questions and much more. Don’t miss our Back to School Special, where you will receive a 20% discount in September with the voucher code BACKTOSCHOOL.
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