Experience of a Learning Grant Recipient


I was so pleased to have the opportunity to take Robbin Firth’s “Celtic Ruana Shawl” workshop at this year’s MLH conference, thanks to the generosity of the Michigan League of Handweavers and their Learning Grant.

Despite obstacles with the assigned room, all participants were able to complete the shawl in the allotted time. Robbin is a phenomenal instructor and creatively addressed all problems and individual issues that arose.

It was incredibly interesting to watch as the other class participants’ shawls emerged from their piles of wool and silk. Some had dyed their own and matched their merino & embellishments to their chosen colorway. Many of us had Robbin’s beautiful hand-dyed habotai with black or navy merino and matching surface decorations. Although our materials were all similar, everyone had their individual vision of color, texture and design placement.  

This was a very well thought out class, with a project that would fit all body types and sizes. Robbin was an excellent instructor, and despite the challenges of having students in two rooms on two floors, she managed to assist all class participants so that they had a successful experience and a beautiful finished (or almost finished) garment at the end of the three day workshop.

My thanks to the Michigan League of Handweavers for awarding me a Learning Grant so that I was able to participate in this wonderful workshop.

Submitted by Sue Hale.

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