Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Note from Lisa and news from Tommye

Greetings--I wanted to post this note from Lisa although I think you got it in your e-mails. Don't give up trying to post, Lisa!
I'm sorry that I didn't realize Jon was going to be giving the presentation at CHG. I've been out of town for what seems like weeks and was still on the road on Saturday--if that's when the meeting was. Yes, Jon's work is incredible. I'd love to visit his studio again.

Hello Everyone-

I was trying to figure out how to post and gave up. I haven't thought of anything amazing to say yet, but I was blown away by this weekend's Chattahoochee Handweavers' Guild's program by John Eric Riis. Jo-Marie, Nancy, Terri, and Janice were all there (Nancy had her birds from our class for show and tell and they were mounted and looked amazing!! Thanks for bringing them!!). John Eric Riis' work was so different - I really want to visit his studio. Is anyone else interested? It would probably be better to wait for his things to return from Korea. But, if he would let us in, that would be so great! I didn't know people could do that kind of stuff with tapestry. He spoke highly of you, Tommye, and he agreed that you are one of the nicest people on earth! Incidentally, I loved your rya that's going to Winston-Salem!

I hope all of you are doing well - I miss getting together to weave!


On another matter... several of the Tapestry Weavers South members are going to visit Sylvia Heyden at her home and studio next week. I'm not sure if there's a limit to numbers who she's willing to see but can find out, if anyone's interested in joining in.

And, Lisa... thanks for mentioning the rya I sent to the Piedmont Craftsmen exhibit in Winston-Salem. It was a challenge to make myself work in something other than tapestry--but have wanted to do something with rya (other than sampling for my class demos) for some time. Now... got that out of my system for awhile!

My latest diversion was my trip to Vermont to have a tutorial with Bhakti Ziek. That was just an amazing experience (wrote about it on my blog) and one that may lead to interesting conversations between those who are weaving plain weave, weft-faced tapestry and those who choose complex woven imagery methods, like hand jacquard.

OK... enough for now! Another deadline looms :)) !


  1. I'm interested in going to Sylvia Heyden's studio but can't seem to find the date or time. Nor can I figure out how to access the TWS newsletter.

    On another subject, I'd also like to visit Jon Riis's studio. His presentation Saturday was amazing.

  2. The Sylvia Heyden visit is on May 28 and possibly the morning of the 29th at Durham, NC. Are you a member of TWS, Janice? If so, you should have gotten an e-newsletter awhile back. If you're not, maybe I could send you a copy of the last one via e-mail.


  3. I'm a member and got a copy of the Spring 2009 newsletter in the mail with my other membership information. I don't recall getting one by email, but I'll check back. I couldn't find the information about the Heyden visit in the issue I have. Is the group spending the night?