Rebecca Mezoff Tapestry Studio... Fancy a bit of a wander around Scotland?
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Dear Rebecca,
I adjust my too-heavy pack and consult the map one more time. Surely Ice Lake is just around the corner? And so it is. I slide the pack down my leg and dig some trail mix and my loom out of the top. Leaning up against a tree, I rest my tired feet and let my mind wander with the slip of the yarn through the warp.

It is the time of year we all start grousing about the too-early holiday music and I spend some moments mourning the loss of my favorite hiking weather. I love a good wander and in recent years have made sure to bring a Hokett loom with me on my expeditions. 

I am also a great armchair adventurer. I read a book I just adored this week. In the Footsteps of Sheep is a beautiful book about a woman's quest to gather fleece from all the sheep breeds in Scotland. She does so on foot with her spinning stick and her knitting needles, knitting a pair of socks as she goes.

What could be better than that? A little wander through Scotland, gathering fleece where the sheep have left it, meeting the people who live there, and making socks. This book grabbed my imagination in the way many craft-oriented books do not. The story, the maps, the wet tents and warm fires, all allow me daydream about my own creative adventures.

As you can tell from the blog lately, I have been experimenting in the dye studio. I have not perhaps had my usual focus and had to redo one color twice before getting it right. But the other two colors were pretty and will be used eventually. I think I'm stocking up for the rest of the winter. NOT that there is any shortage of yarn around here, but you can never be too careful. There are rumors of big snows in Colorado this year and I want to have the yarn stashed away, ready to be woven. A little armchair adventure doesn't hurt either.

Happy weaving!

And in other news...

Online courses: Winter is a great time to dive into some tapestry weaving fun. My Warp and Weft course is for people who want a comprehensive overview of tapestry techniques. I also teach you how address the common problems that occur while weaving tapestry. The Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry course is also going well. I have seen some beautiful things woven in the last few weeks. Join the fun!

Hokett looms: I am expecting a shipment straight from Santa's Jim Hokett's workshop today. There will be many more 8-dent looms among the treasures in those boxes. If you want a place to start playing with tapestry weaving but you're not ready to buy a loom with a tensioning and shedding device (such as a Mirrix, a countermarche floor loom, or an upright tapestry floor loom), a Hokett loom might be right for you. You can see what I have including the mythic 8-dent looms on my website HERE.

On the bookshelf: In the Footsteps of Sheep: Tales of a Journey Through Scotland, Walking, Spinning, and Knitting Socks. by Debbie Zawinski. I happened to see this book on the table at my local yarn shop (Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins). Three seconds with it told me I had to bring it home. I talk more about it above.
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Here are some blog posts from the last few weeks in case you missed them:

Still weaving? Take care of your body I used to be an occupational therapist. Avoiding repetitive stress injuries is very important for all fiber artists. This one is about a class I teach on keeping ourselves out of pain and injury-free.

Mix in some brown The results of that hand-painted roving I showed you.

The simple joy of making color Some fun I had dyeing this week... and some new experiments.

It's a major award! Or the value of juried shows... A post about a piece I had in a show and my thougths about juried shows.

Still love yarn? What color is that anyway? This post talks about a class I'm teaching at YarnFest on simultaneous contrast. 

DIY the heck out of it. For the love of tapestry weaving. Tapestry doesn't have to be serious business. Have fun! Make something today.

Tapestry warp: what would you choose? A little experiment I did with various warps proves interesting.

Love yarn? Interested in tapestry? I'm teaching at YarnFest 2016 in Loveland, Colorado at the end of March. Join me!

Riveting drama... at less than a snail's pace In which I become obsessed with the microdramas that make up a day of weaving tapestry.
I was pleased to receive the Juror's Choice award for Emergence VII at the Handweavers Guild of Boulder's Showcase, Conversations.
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Teaching/Lecture Schedule

Online Tapestry Techniques Classes:
Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry. This three-part class teaches all the basics of tapestry weaving from technique to design. You will find more information and reviews on my website HERE. All of my online classes are forever access. You can start them any time and they never expire... but today is a good day, don't you think?

Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry: The online version is finished and the people already registered are having a great time. To see the trailer video and more information, look at THIS page of my website. You can email me any time with questions by replying to this newsletter.

January 16-18: Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild (Atlanta). Intermediate Tapestry Techniques. Registration for this workshop is open. It is full but there is a waiting list. 

March 4-6: Weavers Guild of Minnesota (Minneapolis). Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry. Registration for this workshop is open and you don't have to be a guild member to attend. 

March 31-April 3: YarnFest 2016, Loveland, Colorado.
  • Registration is now OPEN!
  • I am teaching three classes:
    Simultaneous Contrast: What is that Color Really?
    Tapestry Answers: Do I Want to be a Tapestry Weaver?

    Creating Without Pain: Ergonomics for Fiber Artists (3 hour lecture experience)
  • THIS blog post talks more about the Tapestry Answers class. THIS post talks about the Simultaneous Contrast class. And THIS post talks about my Ergonomics lecture.  More information on my website HERE or on the YarnFest website HERE.
June 9 - 13: Plymouth, VT. This retreat will be held in a beautiful restored house in central Vermont. Our three-day masterclass will focus on design and color use. The retreat includes housing and three fantastic meals a day. Watch for a special email next Thursday with registration information.

July 10 - 22: Penland School of Crafts. The Thrill of Color. Registration is not yet open.

September 10-11: Southern California Handweavers Guild (Los Angeles). Registration not yet open.
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