Mary Anne Donovan is the maker and weaver at House of Woolly Thyme. Her story of immersion into the world of tapestry weaving can be found on the blog, Why We Weave.
In May 2017 after persuasion from friends, Mary Anne hosted her very first Intro to Weaving Workshop in her home with five friends. The group gathered around the family's dining room table with a heap of beautiful yarns and natural fibres, driftwood combed from local beaches, and a spread of wholesome foods and iced herbal tea (and perhaps a little wine). It was a relaxing, social and engaging afternoon and she was blown away by the emerging creativity and beautiful woven pieces that she was able to guide in this group of brand new weavers. Her weavers were delighted with the meditative craft and immensely proud of their one of a kind tapestry weavings.
Since that first workshop, Mary Anne has been instructing weaving workshops all over Nova Scotia, including Dartmouth, Pictou County, Annapolis Valley, Mahone Bay and, of course, Lunenburg. She creates a calm and supportive atmosphere for her participants and provides her weavers with a beautiful and colorful array of natural fibres to work with. Tapestries are woven on handcrafted maple House of Woolly Thyme frame looms and weavers are provided with the resources and instruction to take them beyond the basics in this Intro to Weaving Class.
Mary Anne's 2018 schedule is starting to fill up, so don't miss out on one of these opportunities:
Lunenburg Makery (Lunenburg) - January 6, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
Trainyard General Store (Dartmouth) - February 17, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
Gaspereau Valley Fibres (Wolfville) - March 3, 2018 (register by contacting Gaspereau 1-902-542-2656)
Lunenburg Makery (Lunenburg) - March 31, 2018 (register in our online shop)
Pictou County - Date in April to be announced soon
Contact Mary Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending or hosting a weaving workshop with House of Woolly Thyme.
Reviews for House of Woolly Thyme Weaving Workshops
I was thrilled to take Mary Anne's weaving workshop at The Makery last month. I had a wonderful time learning new skills and sharing the space with other like-minded ladies. Mary Anne is a gifted and patient artist/teacher who made the sunny, Sunday afternoon so enjoyable. Her encouragement and enthusiasm for the art of weaving and our foray into this wonderful craft made it one of the best workshops I've ever taken. I felt welcomed and supported from start to finish. I'm pretty proud of the woven wall hanging I created and even purchased an original piece created by Mary Anne herself. I would highly recommend taking a class from Mary Anne whenever one becomes available. I would also encourage anyone to purchase one of Mary Anne's original pieces. There's nothing like buying a hand-made original from a local, talented artist in lovely Lunenburg, NS who so clearly supports other suppliers, artisans and her community. MJ Goodfellow (Mahone Bay)
Mary Anne's weavings are beautiful and lovingly handmade. Her classes are incredible! She's a patient and knowledgeable teacher, and I feel like I learned a lot more in one afternoon than I thought possible. Highly recommend trying one! M Duggan (Lunenburg)
Mary Anne ran a weaving workshop for us for a group of tweens and it was fantastic! She brought all the equipment and a great selection of yarn and the kids were inspired to make some awesome weavings. Highly recommended! K Turner (Mahone Bay)
I was so excited to take part in one a Mary Anne's weaving workshops, and I was not disappointed! She is an excellent, relaxed and thorough instructor, and we were provided with a great selection of materials. Highly recommend!! J Mader (Lunenburg)
Check out this blog post from Lori at Farm Fresh Style about her experience at a HOWT workshop.