Posted by: bschutzgruber | July 28, 2016

Summer Demos and Fairs

In previous posts (Doin’ DemosWeaving at Cobblestone Farm, and Waulking and Art Fair and more) I’ve talked about how I enjoy demonstrating weaving, felt making, and other fiber activities.  It seems July has become a ‘demo & fair’ month.

Cobblestone Farm & the 4th of July

Back in February I had gotten the warp rewound and rethreaded on the 36″ Union Works Loom that is on the second floor of the house but did not have a chance to tie up the warp to start weaving until the July 4th Celebration.


This would also be the first time I would attempt to weave dressed in the fashion of the mid 1840’s!


The loom, she may be old (we’re guessing close to 100 yrs) and persnickety but YES…. she works – Yipee!!!


Lessons learned:
1) Need to do a bit of improvement on the break latch.  It had a tendency to release just because it felt like it which brought some exciting moments!
2) One cannot weave at a floor loom while wearing a hooped petticoat!

Saline Celtic Festival


This year at the Textile Tent we did not have “waulking the wool” sessions as Frances, our fabulous leader in Scots Gaelic song, has moved across the country.  BUT….. besides my weaving and the spinning demonstrations by Spinners Flock members we had an indigo dye pot going!

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I had some wonderful conversations with people with several enthusiastically trying their hand at weaving but the high point came at the end of the day.


Four bagpipe & drum bands marched right next to where I was weaving
for their final gathering!

Ann Arbor Street Art Fairs

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It’s always HOT come the 3rd full weekend in July for the Ann Arbor Art Fairs and this year was no exception.  With teamwork the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild booth went up smoothly and we were excited to see that ‘our’ electrical box was one of the many power boxes around the city to receive a ‘make over’ from the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance’s Power Art program.


The one next to our booth at the corner of State Street and N. University is the latest installation with artwork from Motawi Tileworks!


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