I went to Mirja Wark, who has a weaving school Golden Haand in the north of Holland near the German border. She had organised a masterclass with Andreas Möller, who was there with wife and little son.
What an inspiring week this was. A great group of 6 + Mirja. But she has been busy all week building her Flying 8 loom so that we could see how his loom works and specially his flying shuttle.
But I came for the weaving, not for the loom, that was a bonus.
We have learned so much. He showed us how he does his weaving. We all prepared a warp and threaded this on loom waiting for us. I'm not going to tell about the weaving itself, for that you will have to take a class yourself. All I can say is that he is very generous with his knowledge. It was very stimulating to see what everyone was weaving. I have not woven all that was presented to us but I'm so looking forward to getting behind my loom again and work out things for myself with my lovely new merino/silk yarns. I'm thinking of re-threading my current warp. After I finished the sample made into a cushion I got stuck. I think with his ideas I will be able to use that warp differently now.
Here a woven sample
He is coming back next year for another masterclass so if you are interested, keep a lookout at Mirja's website. Hopefully there will be another one for those who have already done his masterclass, so that we can learn even more.
He is coming to Holland in November to give a seminar at the National Weaving Day of Weefnetwerk.
My biggest revelation has been to weave on a Louet Octado and feeling the difference between the Magic Dobby (which is in fact designed as a table loom / workshop loom) and a full sized loom. I would not be happy with just the 8 shafts though after having 24 with the Magic Dobby. Oh dear, another loom? I will keep looking for a 2nd hand.
I had not been to that part of Holland before. It was so peaceful, I slept well all week at a B&B. Also in the same B&B was someone I had met before but we did not know each other. We had a good time together during our meals there, never stopping with talking.;-) I came home feeling very rested. The lunches were so luxurious that Mirja provided!
I will return to the Golden Haand. I've known Mirja since way back but never taken a class with her. There are some interesting workshops coming, she is very knowledgeable and the location is top class. So, yes I will go back.
She also has some very special textiles that her mother has collected over many years from all over the world plus jewellery that her mother also collected and or made.
We also made a few excursions in the evening.
Visiting Cosy Corners, where we were shown Japanese Embroidery. Beautiful but that would not be my thing.
Another evening we went to a woodcutter. He does not have a webside but makes lovely work.