It's time for another jaunt back to the west coast from the Big Apple! Ah, homeward bound where I will reunite with family and friends once again, AND for the first time in years my dear friends Ana, Sasha and I will be in the same place for an extended amount of time with our three toddlers!!! I can already smell the ocean, and hear the crying (of two-year olds... and maybe us too). I can hardly wait another minute. My mom has not made the wait any easier by announcing that the summer theme will be wine sangria and wood-fired pizza. My parents are master chefs (don't try to deny it, mom!) and my dad is a stone mason, so it was only a matter of time before he built a brick oven in our back yard. I'm not sure they've mastered the art of pizza making in it yet - so this is the year! I wonder if my mom will curse me for writing this? My parents' house has always been a bit of a neighborhood gathering place, so I'm thinking there might be a few people who after reading this will decide to 'happen upon' our particular part of town this summer.
Something I always get up to at my parents' house in the summer is indigo dyeing and then some general textile studio time in the carport. Last year we made a few saw horses so I could make a printing table with them, some foam from the Sally Anne, a piece of plywood and a duvet cover. That was were I did some further exploration and eventually teaching with natural-dye printing. This year the theme will be of course indigo dyeing (there will always be indigo!) and my most recent textile love affair, a return to tapestry weaving. I'll be weaving samples of my own as well as teaching some one-on-one classes on Mirrix looms in the Greater Vancouver area. In the next couple of weeks I will also announce some group workshops that will occur on the Sunshine Coast, most likely on Friday and/or Saturday mornings.
The group classes require that students have their own Mirrix Loom (I offer a $25 student discount) and the one-on-one class does not (you are still offered the $25 loom discount, though). Soon I will be doing a post or perhaps a video detailing why Mirrix Looms are the best. They really are. If you're interested in one-on-one lessons and have any questions feel free to email me anytime janna(at)vancouveryarn(dot)com
Have a couple of friends who want to learn too? Ask me about the group rate.
For more information on these workshop opportunities visit the Vancouver Yarn online shop and sign up for the newsletter. I'll be sending out an update when I have group workshop dates lined up soon.
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