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Welcome to Woven Dreams!

 

You will find links to all the contents on this page. Enjoy!

 

Community

Share your creations and connect with fellow participants! Mini classes don't have a dedicated Facebook group but I wholeheartedly invite you to share your photos and questions in our main community group: "Laly's Atelier". I can't wait to see you there!

NB: You can also ask questions directly in the "Comments" section at the bottom of each lesson, just like the one below.


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Welcome


Welcome!

 

Welcome beautiful creative! I'm so glad you're here and I'm so excited to share this mini workshop with you! Because, believe it or not, weaving is actually one of my earliest memories of making art (I'll tell you about it in the first video!)

One of the reasons I call myself a mixed media artist, is because I believe we can express ourselves creatively and authentically through many, many forms. To me, there is not that much of a difference between weaving and painting. It's the same love of color and texture, light and shadow, layer after layer...

Woven Dreams Fiber Arts online workshop with Laly Mille
 

I live near the city of Angers, in the Loire Valley of France, and there is a huge artistic heritage of weaving over here: the "Tapisserie de l'Apocalypse", in the castle of Angers, is the largest medieval tapestry remaining in the world, and the "Chant du Monde" by Jean Lurçat is the largest contemporary tapestry artwork in the world as well. It is exhibited in our Contemporary Fiber Arts Museum, which is one of my favorite places!

But what I love most about fiber arts, and weaving in particular, is not the majesty of grand, complex tapestries. No... it's the feeling of softness and intimacy of the materials, the mindfulness and simplicity of in this very ancient, universal process. There's something about weaving that makes you want to slow down and be fully present.

Woven Dreams Fiber Arts online workshop with Laly Mille

 

And the artworks I love the most, both as a viewer and a maker, are small, highly textured and deeply layered pieces that just feel so irresistible, you can't help but want to touch them and hold them in your hands...

So this is what I want to share with you: a simple process, infinite possibilities.

Thank you so much for joining me and allowing me to share one of my favorite forms of art. I hope you will enjoy this class as much as I loved making it!

 

Light & Love

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Laly Mille, artist

Part 1: First steps


Part 1

First steps

In this first part of the class, I'm showing you how to create a loom, gather your supplies & materials, find inspiration and get started. Let's dive in!

 

Introduction & supplies

My art table quickly turns into the sweetest chaos when I pull out all my fibers and materials. You need very few supplies and tools for this kind of artwork (the supplies list is HERE) but you can go crazy with the materials you want to weave! Permission granted to make a mess and unleash your creativity!

 

Making a weaving loom

Weaving is such an ancient, universal art. This means that anyone can do it, even children, and you don't need any fancy equipment or special skills. Virtually any kind of frame-like structure can be used as a weaving loom. As an artist and painter, I like to use what I have at hand, and for me this means using the frame of a stretched canvas! It works like a charm. Don't hesitate to be creative and use what you've got to build your own loom.

 

First steps

Here I'm showing you the basics of "warping" your loom and weaving your first weaves. Its really easy: just remember to keep it loose enough, and to go over-under-over-under... This can actually get quite meditative...

 

Gathering inspiration

Inspiration is all around you! Here I'm showing you how to find inspiration in images and natural materials. Don't focus only on how you want it to look, but also on the way you want it to FEEL. Close your eyes from time to time and enjoy the treasure hunt!


Part 2: Weaving


Part 2

Weaving

This is where we really get to work! In this second part of the class, I'm showing you the making of 2 different pieces, using the same basic materials, as well as some more unusual ones: think feathers, book pages, grasses, bark and even steel wool! Look around you and I'm sure you'll come up with some amazing ideas of your own!

 

Weaving #1

 

Weaving #2

 

Weaving #3

 

Weaving #4


Part 3: Finishing touches


Part 3

Finishing touches

It's time to take our pieces off the loom! I like to think of them as mini abstract works, and turn them into the loveliest wall hangings (which I can't help touching every time I walk past them...) Or they also make the yummiest covers for artist books and journals! Take a moment to walk in nature and gather some twigs to mount your pieces, or go on a scavenger hunt for small objects and embellishments to add another layer of meaning and dimension... The possibilities are endless and I can't wait to see what you create! 

 

Finishing touches #1

 

Finishing touches #2


Gratitude

I am so delighted to have shared this process with you, it is so dear to my heart. I hope it will inspire you to look at your surroundings with new eyes, noticing and gathering textures and colors to incorporate into your weaving... Take the time to breathe and to be present, to notice how each material feels under your fingers, the way it sounds as you slide it in-between the threads, and the way colors and textures come together organically.

Thank you so much again for joining me. I look forward to seeing what you create, and to keep journeying together in the future!

Light & Love,

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Woven Dreams online workshop with Laly Mille

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