Ontario Handspinners and Weavers -Spinning Certificate
As some of you may already know I began the Ontario Handspinners and Weavers Spinning Certificate Program this year (also known a OHS). It's a 6 year spinning program to receive your spinning certificate and another 1-2 to receive your masters. Not something to be taken up lightly. A new year 1 class begins every 3 years, and I just found out about the program the month before the last year 1 began, so I waited patiently (or not so patiently) for three years!
I'm so glad I did! I went up to Haliburton School of Art and Design in Canada for 8 days in August. Every day was packed full of learning; choosing and prepping raw fleece, dyeing, spinning and plying woolen and finishing techniques. The teachers were amazing and so were the other students. I loved being immersed for a week in everything fiber. It's a bit of high and then you come home and look at all the homework, Yikes!
It felt overwhelming at first, then I just plunged in doing one thing here and there as time allowed and next thing you know it was finished and on it's way to be graded. I felt that I learned a lot from the projects they weren't just busy work (except maybe the jargon page - though I did like learning about metamerism) and it will be a great tool for reference and teaching. It's good to remember that as I get ready to start homework set 2. I decided the studio needed a good clean up before I take the next plunge :)