It is very rewarding to know that my blog has readers who have found inspiration here! The feedback and nice birthday wishes were heartwarming!
My husband chose a random number for me and the winner was Nancy. Since Google didn't recognize you, Nancy, and give me a link to your profile, I hope you will send me an email with your contact info and mailing address. There was only one person named Nancy who replied, so you will know who you are!
Nancy's comment was especially flattering since she mentioned that Susan Foulkes, Laverne Waddington and I are keeping weaving alive and vibrant! I can't tell you how honored I am to be mentioned along with these two ladies!
In case you are not already followers of these two amazing bandweavers and teachers, let me introduce them briefly. They have both been heroines to me and I gathered the courage to reach out to each of them and introduce myself at various weaving conferences, which was very rewarding.
Susan Foulkes blogs here: https://durhamweaver64.blogspot.co.uk/
Her blog is loaded with her adventures as a scholar of weaving and with her projects. She is very generous in sharing "how-to" articles, videos and pattern drafts. Many magazines have published her articles and she's written 4 books so far. You can learn more about them here;
Her specialty in bandweaving has been an extensive study of the techniques and patterns of the Baltic region. If you weave with a rigid heddle, you will find her tutorials invaluable.
When the Swedish company, Stoorstalka, designed a custom double-slotted heddle at Susan's request, they gave it her name, Sunna in the Sami language.
I've not taken a class from Susan. I'm still kicking myself for not signing up for one when I had the chance last summer at the Braids conference. I do have two of her books, however.
Laverne Waddington is known to many through her blog here: http:/www.BackstrapWeaving.wordpress.com Although she lives in Bolivia, she has been traveling extensively in the U.S. for the last 6 years, teaching to groups in many states. I was lucky enough to take several of her workshops when I lived in California. She, too, has written many magazine articles and two books to date. You can find them here: https://www.patternfish.com/patterns/8348
Her specialty is the backstrap loom and her blog is a great resource with numerous tutorials, videos, examples, etc. The blog also reads like a travelogue, documenting her many trips. She's studied with indigenous weavers throughout Central and South America, learning and documenting patterns and techniques. Also, a great scholar, Laverne's books translate patterns from cultures around the world into step-by-step instructions on how to recreate them yourself.