It was my birthday the week before last and I gave myself a gift of a one day workshop with Natalie Miller down in her studio in Robertson in the Southern Highlands. If you subscribe to, or read, Uppercase magazine you will have see a feature on Natalie in issue no 24.
Natalie’s studio was filled with colourful examples of her work. The studio was all set up when we arrived. The workshop fee included a table loom, enough wool to make a small piece and a set of printed instructions. Unfortunately it was the week when I came down with a terrible cold, so I was not feeling very creative and finished the class an hour early as I really needed to get back to my bed. Despite being ill I had a good day and managed to grasp the basics. Our first task was to set up the warp on the loom which is trickier than it looks – it’s very important to get the correct tension at this stage of the process. I managed to break one of my threads and had to start again in the middle.
I made slow progress in between cups of tea and blowing my nose!
I haven’t had a chance to continue with my piece yet, but I hope to make a small piece to frame. There were 12 participants and each one had a different take on colours and design. All in all an enjoyable day and learning experience.