Here are some placemats that I've been weaving. I've had one of the ranchers doing some easy 2 harness rep weave and since it had been a very long time since I had done any, I thought it would be good to refresh my memory on how the weaving works, especially making sure that there aren't any loose ends that don't get caught on the selvedges. It's very slow weaving for me, but it's nice to do something different than tapestry rugs. This was taken from the handwoven design series booklet with a few minor changes. They will probably become a Christmas present for someone, as blue/grey are not my colors.
I've been having a heck of a time getting pictures uploaded to blogger. I finally reduced the size of the pictures and they did take, finally. This would have been posted a week ago, but I get frustrated and have to leave it along.
I took the ranchers to the Sedona Libarary where the Verde Valley Spinners and Weavers Guild had a display of Mary Pendleton's work. Mary ran the weaving program at Rainbow Acres for 12 years prior to her car accident last winter. She passed away in April and has left some very big shoes to fill. I do the best that I can, but I am not a Mary Pendleton. Mary was in her mid-80's and still running a weaving program. I don't know how she did it. She was a very active woman, an excellent weaver, and is missed at Rainbow Acres. The ranchers loved the exhibit, and were surprised at the work that she did. I also took them to the Weaver's guild meeting, hoping to inspire even one of them to maybe doing more than just very simple plain weave, but I left feeling disappointed, because not one showed any interest in any of the work that any of the weavers did. No interest, wishful thinking or curiosity at how anything was done. I was disappointed, because the highlight of the trip to them was lunch at McDonald's.
Perhaps, I am asking too much, because they are developmentally disabled and mildly mentally retarded. I do not know if a lack of curiosity is a part of mental retardation, or if at their age, it has been something that fell by the wayside, as an attitude that was not encouraged since it might make them harder to handle. I will continue to try to expose them to more artistic events as I can.
Well, I need to finish off these placemats, as I have other ideas floating around in my head as to what I want to do next. Have a nice weekend.