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Weaving with Friends

This is a post about organizing regional gatherings for weavers, specifically, members of Complex Weavers.

It must have been sometime in August when I learned that Bhakti Ziek would be coming to the San Francisco area in January.  I started a conversation with Bhakti immediately about subject matter, target audience, etc.  We decided on a two pronged approach, one for experienced Photoshop users and one for those who are curious about the process.   I then needed to alert and lure as many as possible to take these workshops to cover the cost of the venue, the teacher and travel.  I provided housing for Bhakti, one of the best advantages of organizing!  I had the membership list from CW, access to the Yahoo list for Northern CA, the CW website and newsletter, and our guild newsletter.

Finding a venue in this area is not for the faint of heart, especially at the prices we want to pay, but I did find one, 5 minutes from home for the 2 day advanced class.  That venue needed to be close to a hotel, restaurants, transportation.  The one day event took place at our regular guild venue in San Francisco, no special requirements. All that is left to do is set the price based on a simple budget, and then follow up with details..

The reward?  A great class, learned a lot, brought a wonderful group together who mentioned the possibility of the “first annual…”.



The one day group was in fact two groups, AM a larger number who were introduced to Bhakti’s work, the PM group, a subset of people who wanted to see how Photoshop works for weavers.  They were too busy to get a photo!

One more reward, woven by Bhakti.

Bhakti's weaving


For Luddites

Complex Weavers library is a great source of information.  I know nothing about Beiderwand and most of the folks I know don’t have a clue either but!  CW has a treasure trove of samples and even a pamphlet devoted to that structure.  I have had the materials for more time than I should have, but the time has allowed me to absorb the information (I think, I have not woven it yet),  There are two sets of samples, one from 1980 and another from 2010.   So what has happened in the interim?  Computers!  Computer weaving programs, computer driven looms.  No more point paper.  No more dobby bars.  Freedom, well relatively speaking.  I tried copying just a small part of one of the sample pages.  Really.  It was painful and this little piece took me about 15 minutes.  Remember I was copying, no original thought.

photo (2)

I left a lot of the little erasure marks for your edification (and mine).  There is no threading here, no plan to show how is is made into Beiderwand.  It must have taken hours to prepare drafts.  I can appreciate profile designs on a new level now, so much easier to just fill in a profile and define the blocks. etc etc etc.

Redone in a computer program it looks like this

computer profile

and it didn’t take as much time by half.  Plus!  now all I have to do is ask the program to put it into Beiderwand.  What’s not to like?  It looks neat to boot.

But that does not mean I don’t see a need for pen and pencil.  My friend Carla Gladstone spends hours doodling to come up with wonderful designs with just lines.