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Winter 2016

At the Studio


This past fall was a busy time. Several beginneres started with the rigid heddle loom or table loom, wove a sampler  of lace techniques and  pick up patterns , then wove a scarf  or  table runner. Meanwhile more advanced weavers concentrated on learning about profile drafting and setting up their loom with an original block design to use for towels or table runners.  Each student used a different structure to create  their design. These included Crackle, Summer and Winter, Diversified Plain Weave, Twill Blocks, Shadow Weave and Deflected Double Cloth. In the end, everyone learned from each other and got new ideas to try for future projects. This Spring we will be going in depth into one of these structures.

It is wonderful to work with all levels of  weavers and to witness the networking and friendships that have developed.  Classes and workshops are listed  on the CLASSES page. You can see my own and students'  works  on my Facebook page- www.facebook.com/PamPawlHandwovenTextiles . If you have a chance to visit Dunedin, please stop by to see what's on the looms and walls. I'm open on Mondays and  Fridays  10-5pm and  by appt.  Just give a call to let me know when you are coming.


For my own work,  I painted warps and wove advancing twill scarves in Bamboo, silk and Tencel  on  my big AVL 16 harness loom. This  loom is  a workhorse and I've had it for many years, Sometimes it sits for months, while I work on other looms , but every time I come back to  it, I feel like I'm at my best . Memories arise as I feel the beater  and notice how the color of the wood has changed where I've place my hand over and over again. When I approach my loom with calmness and focused attention , it responds beautifully. If I'm stressed and  hurried, it usually responds with mistakes . Then  I UNweave,two steps forward , and  one step back. There is a lesson here and  I hope my students see it.
I also wove  chenille and  merino  striped wraps, my favorite. Theses are all for the 2COOL Art Show that  I will be in  this February.
It's good to have a goal....

I'm also designing a cloth for my family that I hope can be passed down through the years. My Dad passed away  this fall and my way of pulling my emotions together is to weave a linen cloth that will have one strand of each family member's hair included  as I weave. It will be used under his urn at the memorial service. It can also be used to wrap the next newborn  or  be included in the  future wedding ceremonies of my young nieces and nephews. This is my hope and it's  the best I can do for his memory.

So now it's Winter. Not cold here and still a little confusing to my northern mind.


Upcoming Shows

I am thrilled to be participating in PAVA's (Professional Association of Visual Artists) 5th Annual 2COOL Art Show. Sat and  Sunday FEB. 4 & 5, 2017.  Located at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom 5500Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707  10-5pm.
 Free admission and parking. www.pava-artists.org.
A lovely indoor show with about 40 artists- a nice mix  of  both fine art and fine craft. I will have handwoven , hand dyed scarves, ponchos, wraps,  and more...  Gulfport is a charming artsy town on the water  just below St. Petersburg. Spend the day .

  

Classes

The studio is  open  on  Mondays  10-6 and  Fridays  10-4 and also  by appt.


Beginner  through advanced  floor loom weaving is  taught at my studio on Mondays for 6 sessions where we meet once  a week for  4 hrs with extra studio time on Fridays.  I have  four 18 " Wolf Pups, 4 and 8 harness 26" Baby Wolves,  a 36" 8 harness Schacht standard loom, a vintage 36" 8 harness Jon Ahrens side tie-up loom, and three 16 harness computer assisted looms ( 48" AVL Production Dobby, 24" LeClerc Diana,  and  Louet 27"  Megado) .
Please check my Classes page for current dates.

The Dunedin Art Center has a new textile studio  where I'm delighted to teach  the  following classes this Winter and Spring :
Painted Warps and Skeins dye class in February. They have a large ventilated area for mixing dyes, sinks, washer and dryer and lots of table space 
Weave A Scarf Workshop in Jananuary or  Introduction to  Rigid Heddle Weaving in April for those interested in learning to weave on a rigid heddle loom.
Check out their classes and workshops at DFAC.org




Yarns and  Equipment
 
I have lots of weaving yarns on the studio shelves , all available  by the ounce. These include  3/2, 5/2 8/2 10/2 cottons from Valley Yarns, Glimakra Lunatic Fringe and  Dye-Lishus cotton. I also have  Jaggerspun  2/18  Zephyr wool/silk and Highland Heathers.  I am a dealer for Harrisville , Henry's Attic  and Silk City yarns and have the complete sample sets in the studio for anyone to play with and order from.  I also am a dealer for Schacht Spindle Company looms and accessories. Please call me if there is something you would like to order. Students receive a 10 % discount on everything.



                

                                   See details and registration information for  classes and workshops on my CLASSES page

                                                            or  feel free to contact me  for more information.





Pam Pawl Textiles | 463 Grant St., Dunedin,  FL 34698|  215 483-7157 | pam@pampawltextiles.com