Mill merchant wants to take weaving wall idea to schools


October 02, 1998|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE OWNER of Designed Fibers at Savage Mill, Margaret Vigneulle, has an interesting project in mind.

Vigneulle is a professional weaver with a shop at Savage Mill. Some time ago, she saw a performance artist use weaving as a medium in a creative public demonstration and was impressed.

The artist strung warp threads (those that are extended lengthwise on a loom) across trees in a mall and, while folks watched, wove the weft threads through, making a tapestry in the center of the mall.

Vigneulle was taken with the idea, but she wanted to include the community more actively in an event.

She has anchored warp threads to a wall outside her shop and will provide a basket of weft threats -- ribbons, yarns and other fibers to be woven into the warp -- nearby.

Her idea is that visitors from the community -- childrenincluded -- could weave a tapestry together.

She is so excited about the idea that she is offering to help schools that might want to set up a similar weaving wall as a schoolwide participatory art experience.

Come see her weave on the second floor of the Spinning Building at the mill.

Vigneulle offers weaving classes. The next one will be held from 10: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Sundays, from Oct. 25 through Nov. 29.

The cost is $225, including materials and use of a floor loom.

Vigneulle can be reached at 301-483-9510.

Pride in Place Award

Here are some well-deserved kudos:

The Friends of Laurel's Historic Main Street -- a year-old organization promoting the variety and history of the older part of Laurel -- was a runner-up in the Maryland Downtown Development Association's Pride in Place Award.

The Laurel group has grown to more than 300 members in its first year.

In addition to sponsoring events, it has developed a Web site and publishes a newsletter and pamphlets.

That's quite an accomplishment for a new group.

A round of applause and thanks are also due those who volunteer their time for the Girl Scouts.

A special hurrah goes to Rosalind McElrath of Laurel, who has been elected to the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.

In addition to volunteering, McElrath is a second vice president of Baltimore Life Insurance Co.

Laurel Woods connects

Get connected! Laurel Woods Elementary School now has its own Web site.

Check the site for parent and student information.

The address is http: //

The school's music department hopes to connect in a different way. Musical instruments are needed for students who would like to participate in the band but lack instruments.

The department hopes that somewhere in the neighborhood, there is a violinist with an unused instrument.

Donations of instruments of any kind would be very much appreciated.

Check your attic and garage for those forgotten treasures, and if you find them, give them a new lease on life at Laurel Woods.

The tax deduction comes in handy, too.

Helping immigrants

On the subject of donations and tax breaks, consider how useful your unused or outdated items might be to immigrant families moving into the area.

FIRN -- the Foreign-born Information & Referral Network Inc. -- is looking for a variety of items.

The organization, which offers support to immigrants and refugees, is seeking household and automobile tools.

FIRN can also use old cars. The group arranges to refurbish the vehicles for new immigrants who need transportation to work.

If you can donate any of these items, call Bonny Knight at 410-992-1923.

Fall fest fair

Hammond High School's art department presents its Fall Fest Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 21 at the school, 8800 Guilford Road.

Craft spaces are available for $15, or two spaces for $25.

Parents and students can support the school and start their holiday shopping early.

Area artisans are welcome to exhibit.

Information: 410-313-7615.

Learning for adults

With the beginning of the school year, adults may get the urge to learn something new, too.

You can scare the neighbors and out-yell the alley cats by learning to play the bagpipes.

Lenny Seplaki teaches both beginning and advanced bagpipe classes at Patuxent Valley Middle School in Jessup, beginning Tuesday.

The classes, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, run for eight weeks and cost $55.

In other classes sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks, frustrated decorators who might not be ready to tackle their own homes can renovate and decorate a dollhouse.

Two classes will be offered at Hammond High School.

A class on dollhouse construction techniques begins Tuesday. The six-week class is taught by Tom Norris.

Norris will teach a four-week course on decorating dollhouse theme-rooms, beginning Nov. 11.

Information: 410-313-7275.

Pub Date: 10/02/98

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