Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Visiting LYS and Gathering Ads - Part 2

The second ad I collected for the guild newsletter was at Wooly Wonders, where I work and sometimes give weaving lessons. Not surprisingly, there wasn’t any trouble getting the ad renewed. Wooly Wonders has been at it’s present small shopping mall location for ten years. It’s located at 3421 E. Tropicana Ave. on the corner of Tropicana and Pecos, about 4 miles east of the Las Vegas Strip. Joyce has been the present owner for about seven years recently expanding its inventory to cover supplies for knitting, crocheting, weaving and spinning.

The one thing I like about being in a yarn store is the great variety of color and textures that hits you as soon as you enter the shop. Joyce has a new selection of T’ika cotton yarns from Mirasol yarns, and some interesting yarns from fibra natura. She also carries a large selection of Debbie Bliss, Berroco and Cascade yarns among several others.

The backroom of the shop has supplies for weavers and spinners. Besides several spinning wheels, dyes, cones of weaving yarn and carpet warp, there are shelves full of small bags of colored roving waiting for felters and spinners.

Groups meets on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings and Saturdays for open knitting and crocheting, while the WOW! Group meets Wednesday mornings for Weaving. Spinners meet the second and fourth Wednesday evenings for open spinning so the shop sees plenty of action during and after hours. Beginning weaving lessons on a 4 shaft loom will be starting Monday evening, October 20, as soon as the teacher gets back from a cruise. The teacher should be well rested.

For the past four years I’ve been teaching beginning weaving lessons on a frame loom, one I make for the students, and beginning weaving on the rigid heddle loom. But this fall I decided to take a sabbatical from teaching and do some other things for a change, some more weaving and sewing for instance. Here is a picture of the frame loom that I use in the beginning classes, taken a couple of years ago.

Because our WOW! Group meets here weekly for weaving get togethers on Wednesdays, I'll be frequently be updating what's going on at Wooly Wonders. If you're in town come join us.

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