But here is why I stay. Many, probably most, of my Facebook friends are tapestry weavers or other artists. They post things that are interesting to them which often are about tapestry and thus interesting to me. I have enjoyed the recent flurry of postings of artwork, rather like a chain letter with people nominating others to post photos of their work and the whole thing getting exponentially bigger. I've had to watch far fewer baby goat videos since I can scroll this artwork. I have found websites and new blogs this way. I have met (virtually) tapestry artists I hadn't known of before.
Woolful. Ashley Yousling has recently started doing a weekly podcast about wool and other fiber things. So far I have only listened to the latest episode, but I think her blog and conversations are worth keeping an eye on.
Absolute Tapestry. This is a website of Norwegian tapestry artists over the last 100 years. Each artist has work posted with photos and some text and there are some other articles, news, and history. Look for the "English" button at the top right for translation... unless you speak Norwegian that is.
Operation Common Good. My cousin's child made this video with the help of her class and father to raise money for homeless kids in Detroit. I think it is amazingly creative. Did you get that thing in the beginning where she "froze" the motion of a classroom of forty-five 6th graders with her super powers? Go Ella!
American Tapestry Alliance. I did already know about them of course. But their annual Valentine's Day appeal starts Feb 14th and I am happy to help with it. (You could win one of my classes! But you could also win a tapestry by one of 4 amazing artists--I'm hoping for that.)
Dyed in the Wool. Uh huh. People are sending me links of where to get combed top and fleece. I am in deep danger of needing more
Stonehaven Farm. And then my Mom sent me this link because the sheep farmer is a of her friend. I ended up watching the videos of the farm processes on their website. Engrossing... and makes me think about where my wool comes from for sure! (And also that I don't think I want to be feeding animals in several feet of snow. Good to know.)
As you know, it goes on and on. You start by innocently clicking on a picture of a tapestry loom and before you know it three hours have passed looking at the work of Norwegian tapestry artists.
And of course there are the moments that lead you to all the super bowl commercials in one place, the dogs who have stolen their owners sandwich and blamed it on the cat, or when you learn about an Australian named Tim Minchin. I stumbled across a commencement address he was giving and unwittingly pushed the play button. I ended up watching all 11 minutes which is FOREVER in Facebook time. Of course more research was needed. Matilda? A nine-and-a-half minute beat poem about a dinner party? (I watched that one three times.) Tim Minchin is my new Tina Fey. Sorry Tina.
And that is why I can't quit Facebook. Seriously. Woody Allen Jesus. It sure sticks in your head.
... and of course the tapestry (and sheep)
|These are Navajo-churro I met at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico|
|I know it looks like a mess, but I weave from the back on a low-warp loom. It ensures the unveiling is a mystery even to me.|