I’ve posted about Maryanne before, as I originally learnt to weave in her beginners’ workshop, and I adore her stunning tapestries. I think it’s safe to say I’m a bit of a Maryanne Moodie fangirl.
The focus of the advanced workshop was on how to draw inspiration from your life and surroundings to create works that are truly personal to you. We did a few exercises to get as looking at the world around us in a different way, and begin to see how we could translate these things into our weaving projects. These exercises really got me to look at colour in a new way, which was particularly helpful, as I have so much yarn in so many colours, but I can’t seem to move past teal and mint green (or rather, I don’t really want to…I just it love it so darn much!).
On top of this, we also learnt some new weaving skills, including continuous rya knots, and how to weave circles (which I’m a bit excited about, because up until now I have been truly mystified by people’s ability to weave perfect circles. I assumed it was some sort of black magic/weaving sorcery).
Home-Work is such a beautiful space, and Maryanne had covered the walls with tapestries by her and some of her weaving friends. It was very cool to be able to look at these up close, after having ogled at them on Instagram for so long!
During the workshop we also got to eat donuts from All Day Donuts. Yes, it tasted as good as it looked. We also got to take home some stunning yarns from Intambo. I very nearly lost my mind when Maryanne said we could choose five balls each. It was like all my Christmases has come at once. This is the selection of colours that I chose. They’re all hand-dyed and absolutely so soft and squishy and beautiful, I almost don’t want to weave them.
This workshop came at the perfect time, as I felt ready to up-skill and start taking on some new creative challenges in my weaving, but wasn’t quite sure how. It was also just wonderful to spend an afternoon in a creative space, surrounded by people who love weaving and yarn as much as I do! Maryanne is just lovely and creates such a warm and open environment in her classes. If you’re keen to learn to weave and can catch Maryanne either in Australia or New York (where she is currently based), I would highly recommend doing one of her workshops.
So, I had to do the daggy fangirl thing at the end and get a photo with Maryanne. I can’t wait to put all my new weaving skills into practice! What about you? Have you picked up any new skills of late that you’re dyeing to try out? Do tell 🙂