Thursday, September 6, 2012

made it! - Celebrating...

Firstly I'm celebrating 30 years of weaving tapestry!
Did someone add up how ancient I am?
 The number doesn't worry me :-) !!
After my mum died it was difficult to have to correspond with a lawyer, who apparently had been my family's lawyer for something like 25 years, but was unknown to me. It was in the days of no PC or e-mail. My first request were some personal items to be sent and to purchase a loom in Vienna and send it to me. The loom arrived 2 weeks before the Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin (where I lived at the time). Of course I had unpacked it by then from it's plastic wrapping and set it up! It took several months to be reunited with my loom after having been evacuated to WA. The loom survived standing out in the tropical rain for nearly 3 months (there was no roof left on our house). And so lucky that I made that request first thing, as the family lawyer took off with my and 2 other people's money to retire somewhere in the Bahamas ... they say: "life is stranger than fiction :-) I have always been happy with my choice!  but it took until the early 80 in Adelaide, before I had a chance to start to weave tapestry. I love it ever since!
photo 1982 with "Steffl" my loom from Vienna/Austria (busy securing warp ends).

and Today:

I graduated from my training class at the Adelaide "RSB Guide dogs"       
with YEVA. She is a Golden Retriever x Labrador,
18 months old and , - can you see?
 we are very happy with each other!

It has been a difficult time for me since end of January this year when Karley had to retire and for that reason it is now such a big relief to start another chapter  of happy team work.

I have actually been able to sneak weaving in between my class activities. It helped me to stay in balance and also to get Yeva used to the idea that I spend some time in my studio with her.
I have not had time to take photos (of the weaving) yet but will get to update my progress as soon as the weather is more "photo friendly" - it is dark, stormy and raining for now!

Yeva also came with toys, including her own Teddy bear, which she has since she was a little puppy.

Happy weaving or whatever you are doing!


kaiteM said...

At long last, thank goodness. Yeva looks like a very well adjusted and safe dog for you, i wish you both a long and happy relationship.

Michelle said...

Awww, welcome little Yeva - she's so gorgeous!!!

And thank you for sharing your story about your loom - a happy ending through some traumatic circumstances.

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Thank you Kaite and Michelle!!
It's so nice of you both to comment,
thanks for the welcome!♥ ♥ ♥

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 30 year anniversay! The time flies! I have many memories of that loom and all those who followed. It was a blessing it survived. Watching you work over the years certainly helped me appreciate and love the qualities of texture, design and the love for art itself. May there be many more years yet of happy weaving!
Congratualtion too with Yeva. I'm so glad for you that you now have a new companion and friend! She looks so lovely and sweet. I'm looking forward to finally meeting her. :-)

Happy weaving!
with love

Vera L Hazelgrove said...
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Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Hi Tikarma, thank you for Congrats and your good wishes! with Lots of Love xox Mum

Mary said...

Vera, It is so good to see that you can get out and about again. Our Penny loves to sit with her little soft toy across her nose too. Yeva looks so cute.
Congratulations on 30 years of weaving!!

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Hi Mary,
I finally got it, your other message is here :-) Thank you!! and glad you like Yeva too.