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47 Responses

  1. connie

    Sounds so idyllic, Lauren! Although I’ve never been tempted by weaving (other than admiring the beautiful fabrics it produces), I might have to take one of these classes. Now, to find a partner in crime to go with! ;) Thanks for sharing!

  2. whitney

    What a fabulous post…it looks like a lot of fun! I can’t wait to see the finished handwoven pieces!

  3. mai

    lolly, i saw your pictures on flickr and wanted to comment on them all, but there were too many! it looks like your weekend was amazing, and i love your two new scarves. i need another hobby like i need a hole in the head, but i would really, really love to learn how to weave someday! glad you had such a good time!

  4. margene

    Very informative post! You did beautiful work on your first day and it shows in your ‘voice’ how much you enjoyed it.

  5. Robin in VA

    I am so envious…when I saw the barn I KNEW EXACTLY where you were!! Awesome…I can’t wait to go back.

  6. gleek

    oh boy, another one bites the dust! ;) i feel like weaving is sucking everyone in nowadays! i would totally be into it but a loom in my place? heh. never gonna happen in this tiny NYC apartment. can’t wait to hear more!

  7. melissa

    wow, this sounds like such a fun weekend! and you came away with two beautiful pieces. i look forward to seeing more of your weaving efforts in the future!

  8. mel

    Amazing – what a wonderful weekend (and enjoyable post!) Thanks for sharing your weekend and photos with us. I can’t wait to see your weaving projects from the class!

  9. Joanna Kostrzewa

    Wow, it sounds like a great weekend! Why do I have to learn everything by myself here in Poland?!… I want such wonderful workshops, too!… *^v^*

  10. Heather

    Lolly, I am so excited to see more and more knitters who want to learn to weave. I came to all of this as a weaver who has learned to knit. I’m glad you had fun, looks like it was a great weekend and a great learning experience.

  11. Tricia

    Thank you for the beautiful photos and the enlightening discussion! We’re all clambering for spots in workshops at the Mannings now! –Tricia

  12. Jennie

    WOW! Just too awesome!

  13. erica

    Wow, you’re weekend sounds amazing! My mom wove for years and in the last few years I’ve thought about asking her to teach me. I think it’s natural for fiber artists to want to try other textiles just to see the process. It’s sort of a holistic process of learning other techniques with yarn and thread that can be so satisfying.

  14. Miss Scarlett

    That looks like so much fun! I love the purple you are working with – what a beautiful location you were in for the weekend too. Gorgeous.

  15. Jenna

    First off, it’s so amazing that you were able to produce two beautiful finished pieces in just two short day. You must have a natural affinity with this craft :) You sound like you’re just in love with the weaving process – it came through so clearly in your writing. I hope that you can find a way to continue it and become truly bicraftual!

  16. Julia

    Wow, Lolly! How exciting…just waht I need, a new space-consuming hobby to take up my time. ;) I think I’m definitely more attracted to weaving than I am to spinning however, and I would love to give weaving a go someday.

  17. Leslie

    uh oh…you’re hooked … $c’ching$ $c’ching$

  18. LizKnits

    Sounds like you two had a wonderful weekend … immersion is definitely the way to go I think.

  19. Kate

    Wow – looks great, thanks for the pictures and explanations.

  20. Julia

    Isn’t it fun?! Though knitting is my first love, and spinning my second, I do have a little weaving fun now and again. I learned two summers ago, and last January got a steal of a deal on a schacht baby wolf, which is a beautiful, versatile little number. Check around with local guilds, people are alway trying to selling floor looms, you might find a good deal!

  21. karen

    Lucky you! Isn’t the Mannings amazing? I am not a weaver but still love their shop. We live about 4 min. north but my son lives close so it is always a destination when we visit. The setting of their barn/shop is amazingly beautiful. Good luck with your weaving!

  22. tina

    How fab! I am SO pleased that you had a wonderful time! I must say, you LOOK like a weaver, yes you do!

    I’m soooooo jealous. Not so jealous that it is unattractive or anything! :) But jealous just the same.

    I can’t wait to see more photos from your weekend!

  23. Di

    Wow – that sounds like the most perfect weekend! I went to a rigid heddle weaving weekend once which was fun – but all that setting up the looms was too much for me – I much more of a pick up and go kinda gal!!

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you made!

  24. melissa

    oh, wow! looks like fun.
    thanks for all the great photos of the process. i’d love to learn, but the small apartments and looms, they do not mix well. i can’t wait to see those pieces!

  25. Heather

    I just love your enthusiasm for new adventures!

  26. Emily

    Ooh, that looks so fun! I’m with the other commenters who are eagerly awaiting photos of your finished weaving projects!

  27. Allison

    That sounds like such an amazing experience; thanks for taking so many great photos and sharing them with us! Can’t wait to see how this becomes a new craft for you.

  28. carrie m

    great post — you really took us there with you. i’m glad you had such a rewarding experience and can’t wait to see what you whipped up!

  29. Dorothy

    It looks like a very fascinating way to spend a weekend and with what appear to be beautiful results. I really like the white/orange look very appealing.

  30. Leslie

    Looks like a very fun time! And your work is very beautiful. Can’t want to see more pics!

  31. Kimmen

    Isn’t taking a class at The Mannings a treat? And TK is one of the best instructor’s you could ever wish for- we are so lucky to live on the East coast to be able to drive up and take a class with him!

    I knit, quilt, and weave. But of them all, I dream about weaving.

    Anyway, check out the guilds in the area- guilds are superb ways to find looms for sale that will never get advertised anywhere else. Plus, you can RENT looms at extremely low prices and try them out. Good way to try some different types of looms. Potomac Craftsmen and the Weaver’s Guild of Greater Baltimore are terrific, and worth their very low dues.


  32. Tracey

    Grarg! So mad at you both! The Mannings is my local yarn shop. Gah, next time you come to PA, I’d better get an email. ;) Isn’t it great though?

  33. Mintyfresh

    I’m not even reading this very closely because I’m so jealous.

  34. tiennie

    How fun Lolly! Just letting you know that you make my day! Left you a little something on my blog. :)

  35. Lin

    Thank you for such a great post. I have never thought about weaving and what it involves. the samplers look really nice.

  36. Elemmaciltur

    Wow, this seems really amazing! Now I want to learn how to weave!!!

  37. stacey

    what an amazing weekend!!! being immersed in the craft and coming home with not one, but two finished items! it looks like a blast – you and E look like you had so much fun! You will have to tell me all about it!!

  38. kristinknits

    Wow – that is awesome! Sounds like such fun ~ staying there and everything.

    I must comment – you take really beautiful photos. : )

  39. Macoco

    I think the last photo really shows the bounty of your time away – you looks so happy and content.

  40. Marilyn Terrell

    Oooh Lauren! That’s a dangerous smile on your face! Good luck on your new obsession!

    I gave you some link-love this morning on Intelligent Travel:


  41. Shaye

    this post has inspired me to go to the mannings and take a weaving course! it looks like so much fun!

    how is the drape on the pieces, though?

    i’m planning a trip up there this october to take their other weekend weaving course!

  42. Jessica

    OMG, that sounds like the nicest weekend ever!!! I’m looking at all of your photos and wishing I was there. Hmm, maybe it’s time for a weaving class at Habu? Looms are so beautiful, sigh…. ;)

  43. courtney

    how exciting lolly! it looks like the two of you had a blissful time, and the weaving looks so beautiful and interesting. i’ve been thinking of a getaway to the mannings for a while now, it’s right around the corner from b’more city… :) thanks for sharing!

  44. Dove

    How exciting! And what beautiful weaving you produced! I loved weaving when I did it — I hope I can find a place where I can do it again.

  45. toni

    OMG! That just looks like too much fun! What a great job you did!

  46. ellie

    Your selvedges are so even! You’re a natural. Also, I think the process of weaving is just about the most beautiful thing to photograph. All those little threads in a row…. Makes me swoon…

  47. Lawrene

    Ohhhhhhhh – that’s how you sley the reed! Thank you for the brilliant explanations and photos. I have a loom and heaps of different threads (through default, long story) but have taken no course. I’ve been fumbling about with books and Internet downloads and the suspicion I am doing things the hard way. (I’m pretty sure of it now, looking at your photos…) I’ve been producing stuff constantly in the year I’ve had it – scarves, blankets, rugs, belts, guitar straps http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=10945&l=3274c&id=555185104 – and love it, but really need to learn something.
    Thanks again. It was wonderful to stumble across your writings.

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