The rigid heddle loom is a relatively simple machine. Jennifer Baum, The Weaving Shed's owner and a juried fiber artist, likes it because a beginning student can set it up and start a scarf within 45 minutes. Along with the loom's simplicity, Jen appreciates the therapeutic value of its rhythmic, back-and-forth cadence. As students work the loom to steadily pull fiber threads into a hand-woven item, they also shed the stress of their day. Jen sees these transformations—both in the progress of the project and the demeanor of the student—as she guides the technique and lends tips to the up to eight students that attend each class in the newly-expanded studio.
Along with classes, The Weaving Shed also spearheads a Farm to Yarn program with local farms. The natural or hand-dyed sheep's wool or alpaca fleece becomes a sustainable, specialty fiber for weaving, knitting, felting, crotchet, and spinning projects. This interest in cultivating local fibers hits especially close to Jen's home, AKA Sunny Knoll Farm, where, with her husband and children, she helps raise an ever-growing alpaca herd. She describes the alpaca as a very "zen-lifestyle animal," even though scientific journals refer to them as "respiring shag carpets." Along with laughing at the "fun family adventure" that the experience has been, she also praises the hypoallergenic qualities of the fleece and its 22 naturally occurring colors.
Stacey Sparrow has a knack for teaching art. A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art with a teaching certification, Sparrow has been helping students locate their inner Rembrandts for a decade while also creating her own commissioned works. With the help of a dedicated staff, she helms workshops and classes for adults and youngsters alike, rolling out specialty sessions such as vacation art programs that study the techniques and quirks of various artists, such as Picasso’s Blue Period and Michelangelo's tendency to sleep on the ceiling.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
The Wallace Figure Skating Club has been providing top-tier instruction for over 40 years.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Our skating club is dedicated to providing a fun learning environment.
What do you love most about your job?
I love watching children accomplish skills they never dreamed they could.
As its name implies, Let's Gogh Art is always on the move. The mobile studio delivers art education and entertainment to various venues throughout eastern and central Massachusetts, including schools, festivals, and even Fenway park. Kids' visual-arts classes, camps, and birthday parties entertain children while improving their motor skills, whereas integrated-arts programs use crafts to get little ones excited about science, drama, and dance. But the Gogh gaggle doesn’t just work with kids. Gatherings at bars and cafés allow adult painters to sip wine while crafting creative masterpieces on canvases.
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When you're prepping for your next bike trip, visit Eastern Bearings and treat yourself to a new and easy-to-ride bike.