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September 30, 1990

Dear Jack,

When the class was over you were surrounded with students, and I knew you had a ferry to catch, so I didn't wait to say goodby - I hate goodbys anyway.

Thank you for a very special class. Who else is there is a handweaver that has spent an entire career working so successfully with color in fabrics, and is an excellent teacher besides? The assignments you gave them certainly were challenges, and they could be fine basis for continued study. Lucky students! Have you considered a basis for color study for textiles as another book? Also, as you spoke of some of your experiences, I realized what a best seller a book about them would be. At the very least, someone should be putting them on tape.

In addition to our benefits from your class, I know the video and your interview will be invaluable to Fiber Forum and the Coupeville Art Center. I am sure Judy will keep you informed of developments. And, of course, your being here has brought attention to us. I have heard such comments as "What is going on out there has brought Jack Larsen out to teach for you?"

Your remarks in the keynote address about my work and its influences came as a surprise. I guess I look forward more than back, so it was pleasant to recall some of the satisfactions that have come from past activities. I hope someone does the same for you some day. It would be a long list!

One of the things I forgot to bring to class is the book SYMMETRIES OF CULTURE, Theory, and Practice of Plane Pattern Analysis by Dorothy K. Washburn and Donald W. Crowe, University of Washington Press, ISBN 0-295-96586-X. Do you know it? If not, it may interest you because they have devised a classification system for pattern. I began to study it, but it is complex and I finally decided that I may never need to classify patterns, and if I do, I know where to look. For me, the illustrations are worth the price of the book.

The time we spoke of your house was all too short. It sounds very grand! If you would have use in it for Temari Ball or two or three, send some color swatches, design suggestions, sized (2 to 8 inches in diameter) and any other thoughts you might have.

It will be difficult to choose from many possibilities what to do with the handsome fabrics you gave us. In the meantime, they bring pleasure just as they are.

The enclosed clipping about Pilchuck was in yesterday's paper. I thought it might interest you.

One more thought - Jim Ramsey (Suzanne's husband) is very active in the Meerkirk Rhondendron Garden here on the island, and he might be a source for special plants in your garden.

More than enough for now - I hope our paths cross again before too long.

[signature] Virginia