IMG_9171When I scheduled the well-received workshops by Ruth Manning, the time slot we needed to fill was January.  Luckily, Wisconsin residents are intrepid, and Ruth was ready for a road trip from Madison.  The weather cooperated.  Ruth’s first workshop was a one-day session in which the students created small landscapes. Geri Retzlaff reported:

“The one-day workshop, Handspun Landscape in Tapestry, was truly a joy.  Led by Ruth Manning, tapestry artist extraordinaire, 12 of us were treated to a day of fun weaving and sharing of ideas and materials.  Ruth encouraged us to think creatively and build interesting shapes in our weaving. Inspired by her samples and fun approach, we all began to warp and weave, tentatively at first. Soon we began to see some interesting shapes develop.  We were excited as we began to get a sense of where we were going with our designs.  The day passed quickly and the rush was on to finish our pieces before the end of class.  It was so much fun to see how different each of our small landscapes were!  Ruth is an excellent, inspiring teacher, offering each of us the individual attention we needed in her special, down-to-earth style.”

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After the workshop, Ruth wrote of the experience on her blog.  Coming from Wisconsin, she wrote of “Landscape in Minnesota.”

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I think we may have some new tapestry converts at the guild!