Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Work Day


 Before it got too hot, or rained, several of the TW got busy moving items from the old annex to the new one.  Marie, Tina, Pat, Marilyn and Pearl got a lot done!!!

There are still some things to move over, such as our show equipment.  They are also planning on putting some low shelves down the middle of the space.

Patty worked inside winding warps for Dye Day.  After lunch, Marie and Marilyn wound weft warps.

During lunch, Pearl finished her warp of nine placemats--it does make a nice toga!

Pat presided over the noon meeting.  Marie was able to report that we had a great month upstairs in the shop!!!  (I'm thinking that we need to send out a big thank you to the folks from the tour....did you do a little shopping???)

  We've been reminded we have a lot to do this month!  (And a potluck on the 5th Tuesday!)  Plus, November will be here before we know it!!!

Yes....we did get a little weaving done, Carol.  I know you are wondering.................

  I wanted to give a shout out to Susan from FL.  Thank you for the kind words--please visit us when you are in this neck of the woods again!

  And, to Judi--thank you for your kind comment.

Happy Weaving, fiber friends!


Tuesday, July 19, 2022

25th Convergence

 This post is picture heavy....and it spans Friday, Monday and today.  The Tuesday Weavers were out in force at Convergence!

Tina and I arrived around 10 a.m. to the Convention Center Friday morning.  Although I had gotten our Day Passes online on Thursday, they had not made it to the registration desk.  So we waited with the other folks.  I first noticed this piece on the far wall.  WOW!  This weaver really captured the way the Smoky Mountains look.  I ran over to see who had woven this piece and found out it was Betsy Worden!!!  She is a well-known local artist who passed away several years ago.  We were gifted with several of her looms, which is a great honor.

Hanging next to Betsy's piece was this quilt.  I first noticed the little raccoons peaking at the edge.  Then, Tina and I found ourselves playing "where's Waldo" finding the other hidden images.  As the line snaked closer to the quilt, we got more excited finding other features of Cades Cove.  This quilt was stitched by the Tellico Village Quilters.  It sure did make standing in line more fun!!!

Oh, yes!!!!  That's Tina with Annie MacHale!!!  Of course we both bought her new book, Three-Color Pickup for Inkle Weavers.

At Ruth Anne's booth, we ran into Liz.  She was there with her sister enjoying all the cool stuff in the Marketplace.  Ruth Anne's booth is the Two Roots Fiber Mill.

We also saw Laura (on the right) with two of her friends.

Patty was on lunch break from her class when we saw her.  She's had a grand time!

  Pat was on lunch break, too!

    The tapestry behind Patty and Pat was from the Women's Woven Voices.  There were over a thousand "story boards" from women around the world.  I was honored to meet Brecia Kralovic-Logan, who directed this project.  I guess you just have to sit down at the right table!!!!

  Yesterday, we were one of the stops on the Sounds, Art and History of Appalachia 

 tour Carol gave them a brief overview of the history of the Center, and how the Tuesday Weavers have evolved.

  Betsy wanted to make sure her friend met our Sharon to get information on weaving in her part of Florida.

We had some visitors from Convergence today.  Barbara was weaving on the barn loom.

Sharen showed off her little Turkish spindle she got at Convergence.  Liz finished another inkle band!

Marilyn finished winding her new warp for more towels!

Linda worked on her towel warp, and I got Sharon to help me wind on a warp on one of the Pups.

  Tina finished her re-threading and tried out some dubonnet weft.  Amazing how the weft color really changes the article!!!

Pearl got back to work on her huck lace piece.  

We were few today, but it has been a busy few days.

Happy Weaving!


Tuesday, July 12, 2022

The Kool Kids


We were a small but mighty crew today.  Lots of things going on in the summertime!

I was busy this morning with my project and didn't take any pictures until we stopped for lunch.

**To be fair, some folks had already left for the day at lunchtime.

My project was the bulletin board for the weaving studio.  Patty and I got it covered two weeks ago, and we had lots of pictures and information to add.  I'll add more pictures soon.

We are looking forward to meeting the folks on the tour next Monday!!!!

We did find a blast from the past.  Unfortunately, parts of the photo had adhered to the glass when we tried to take it out of the frame.  You might recognize a few of the folks:  at the loom is Dorothy.  Behind her is Carl, then Tina, a student from Japan, Pat, Molly and Grace Foster.  Tina declared that she was in her 40's at this time!!!!

  Several of us will be at the Center on Monday to meet and greet the folks on the tour.  We are looking forward to seeing you.

Happy Weaving!


Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Just For Show!


  Opening night was Friday, 1 July, at the Emporium Gallery in Knoxville.  This is our part of the exhibit for Convergence.  Just look at all that "blue-green" that makes our Rivers and Ridges exhibit!!!

  Take a closer look at our mug rug collage.  Carol named it "Abrams Falls" which is a popular place in the Smoky Mountains.  Each mug rug is unique.

  This is Ruth's second warp:  placemats!  She made a show of cutting off the warp this afternoon!  Now, on to the next project.

  Our weaving friend from Guatemala, Olivia, came back today to show us her progress on her warp.

  We really appreciate her sharing her talent with us.

Stay cool, fiber friends!!!!

Happy Weaving!


Tuesday, June 28, 2022



  When I got to the Center this morning, there was such a hum of activity as soon as I opened the door.  One of the Convergence trips will be visiting the Appalachian Arts Craft Center on July 18.  It was time to do a little Spring cleaning!!!  Bonnie (back right) was busy running the vacuum around and under the looms.  Tina was rethreading her warp.  Patty, Jocelyn and Betsy were working at their looms.

Shirley and Pearl were sorting yarn and putting them with like yarns on the shelf.  All around the studio folks were sorting and cleaning!  

Carol took some time to work with our new weaver, Shannon.  She's planning a new warp and wanted help reading a draft.

We are so glad to have Liz back with us for the summer.  She's busy threading her warp.

Ruth is back also...she's working on her placemat warp.

Betsy's been busy at home!  Besides a whole stack of bathmats, she wove this blanket for a newborn. This was some "dragon tail" that she was given!  It's so soft!!!

Marilyn was inspired by an article in Handwoven and wove a bunch of kitchen towels.

Linda was commissioned to weave a table runner and had enough warp to do two!!!  The lady requested a "white" one, but the pattern shows nicely with the natural weft.

  July is going to be a busy month, and we're really looking forward to welcoming our guest to the Center.  The bulletin board is even getting a make-over!!!!

Stay safe, fiber friends, and Happy Weaving!


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Heat Wave

 After a fabulous mild weekend, the heat wave has returned.  Thank goodness for A/C!!!

Meet our newest weaver, Shannon!  Rather than starting her lessons with Carol today, Patty pressed her into helping with our mug rug project.  All of those "blue-green" mug rugs are becoming a wall hanging.  For those of you that have been to the Great Smoky Mts., you'll recognize the name Abrams Falls.

Marie finally got a moment to weave her mug rug, which will be added to the Falls.

Sharon got on the loom after lunch to weave her mug rug.  Carol brought the serger with with blue thread to finish the hems, and they will be added to our creation.

Our other new weaver, Jayne, got her warp on her loom and she'll be ready to thread.  Would you believe she ducked as I took the picture!!!!   That's Liz on the left...she's finishing up her first warp.

And, off it came!!!!  This is the sampler that Carol has all her new students weave.

Jocelyn and Betsy were hard at work at their looms as I stopped to chat.

Bonnie, Linda and Laura held down the back of the Studio.

Shirley cut off the small scarf that finished her warp, and now she'll have to plan for a new project.  I think she's planning on some fiesta colored placemats.

Liz is weaving on her shawl warp.

Mary is getting a nice roll of rugs on that cloth beam.

Hugs going out to Pat, Tina, Sharen and Lou Ann.  We missed you today.

Stay cool, fiber friends!!!


Tuesday, June 14, 2022



Our guest today was from Guatemala.  She set up her backstrap loom and started weaving on her project.  Her friend translated her remarks as the weavers watched her every move.

Mary was very pleased with her Dye Day projects.

Liz also brought her Dye Day yarn.  I'm looking forward to seeing their yarn woven into new items.

Christy has finished her bamboo scarf for the blue-green project.  It has such a lovely sheen.  Do you see the "ripples in the water"?

Dye Day

Pickles acted as "snoopavisor" for the ladies as they dyed their projects.

Mary got right to work laying out her project.  (The results are in the picture above.)

Barbara had a plan for her dye.

Carol kept track of what needed to be done.

Boots made a guest appearance on Friday to check out all the fun.

Thank you, Patty, for hosting Dye Day.  Space is always at a premium at the Center, and this was a lovely setting for the event.

We're in the middle of a heat wave this week in East TN, so I'm glad they were able to do Dye Day last week!!!!

Take care, Fiber Friends!!!