It’s official, I’ve joined a guild!
I’m now a proud member of the Etobicoke Spinners and Weaving guild.
Went to my first meeting last night, and it turned out to be a doozy…I’ll tell you all about it, but we have to rewind a few days.
Last summer we took a trip to Nantucket after a friend’s Boston area wedding. It was a very spur of the moment plan made at the last min, and one of our best ideas ever!
A life changing idea.
So an amazing beach vacation was a no brainer, what i hadn’t factored in was the huge appreciation for handiwork and traditional craftsmanship that exists on the island. There were artists everywhere, producing incredible works and being totally appreciated for their contributions to the local landscape. It was glorious.
A trip down Orange st brought us to the bright and loft like studio of Swedish weaver Anna Lynn. Anna came to the United States in 1980 to study textile design at the Pratt Institute in New York City later finding her way to Nantucket via the Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts. She has been working on the island since 1984 weaving rugs, tapestries and fabrics, as well as collecting and importing vintage Swedish textiles.
A gracious woman, Anna took the time to explain her looms and give me a walk through her wool and rag stash explaining how she finished works and inserted her own memories to each piece using colour and texture.
Fringed wool-mohair throws, in colors often inspired by the ocean, are 4 by 6 feet ($325); for a thicker weave, she combines mohair and alpaca, and for shine, she adds silk threads. Custom cotton rugs up to 12 feet wide (or wider, if the pieces are sewn together) are $40 a square foot; wool rugs are $80 to $100 a square foot.
I left that day with so many questions to ask and ideas I wanted to explore.
Bitten for sure!