Worn fabrics are troves of memory, connecting us to others through their warmth, familiarity and domesticity. They return us home and transport us away - enlivening chapters of our lives that may have faded or been mislaid. The humble sock is an object not simply of practicality but of comfort, intimacy and adventure: a central player in a challenging hike, a beloved gift from a friend, a nostalgic vestige of heady school days.
Similarly, the practice of weaving is an act of connection with our bodies and minds. More still, it may be an essential tool in the face of the loss we each face in our daily lives: the fading of a friendship, the missing of a goal, the death of a loved one, an ignored intention, a job rejection. Loss is inescapable, yet rarely do we pause to breathe through and past it.
This workshop has been conceived in the knowledge of handweaving both as a creative and therapeutic practice. Through the guidance of fiber artist and meditation teacher Kate Kilmurray, discover how traditional hand-weaving may be undertaken as an act of commemoration or as an aid to the grieving process. As a means to quell restless energy, or simply to find solace in one’s own company.
Over the course of two hours, Kate invites participants to join her in making a beautiful, versatile woven potholder - using only a handheld 7 x 7 inch metal loom, cotton loops and pre-loved fibres (socks which reached the end of their wearable life).
Students will leave the workshop further equipped to experiment with their own handwoven designs: a world of possibilities in color, texture and pattern.
Through the power of this mindful practice, join Kate on a journey for greater resilience, centeredness, and deeper sense of self. Uncovering strength through - and not in spite of - our loss.
To take part in this workshop:
Students should be fluid in weaving on a 7 x 7 inch metal loom and feel comfortable with the basic weaving skills of weaving and take off.
To take part in this class, you will need:
- 7 x 7 inch metal loom
- Socks - one set of adult socks -gathered from someone you are seeking to connect with, or which remind you that person - whether in color or texture
- A set of solid color loops - to compliment or contrast the color of your socks.
This workshop can be held in person or via Zoom.
Once you have purchased a class, I will be in touch to arrange a free 15-minute call to assess your needs so we can be sure to make the most of the class together.