Things I Have Learned from Weaving

You might remember that I have been relearning how to weave on my four-shaft loom–what I have learned, though, had more to do with me than the loom.

  1. Weaving makes you realize you aren’t the multi-tasker you thought you were. Turns out, I need complete silence to keep track of the pattern. Yeesh! This is when I realized how loud our house was (when did we get so many pets? And why are there birds inside it?)
  2. Weaving teaches you humility. Exactly how many times have I taken this weaving back?
  3. Weaving teaches you patience. See #2.
  4. Weaving teaches you about making good colour choices. Sure, blue and green reminds you of sea glass, but seeing the pattern as you weave is another thing entirely.
  5. Weaving is for pet-free homes.    
  6. Weaving takes a looong time. Don’t give up the day job just yet.
  7. Weaving is good for the soul, when all is said and done. 
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Well, it’s been a while…

Sorry, I have been out of touch. I had a spell of ill health, but things are looking up!

2016 is a year of new fibre challenges for me. I lucked into a barely-used Leclerc Dorothy 4-shaft table loom just before Christmas, which is the loom I learned on a number of years ago. The last two years I have devoted to weaving on a rigid heddle loom, so it is fun to expand into multi-shaft weaving again.

making the important cross

  

measuring the warp

 
My husband gave me a number of cones of beautiful fine merino yarn for Christmas and I have successfully wrangled the wool onto the loom (not without challenges!) and have begun to weave a scarf. It feels great to be weaving twill weaves again!
 

I can see a pattern!

 
Another challenge I have embraced is the new skills involved in knitting socks! I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would. Sure, it takes a lot longer to knit with such fine yarns, but I love the appearance of the fine stitches–and that squishy heel flap! I don’t think selling socks is economically feasible, due to the length of time it takes to knit them, but some family members might be getting a little surprise in their stockings.

  
So, with the prairie weather doing its cold bit, I foresee lots of time inside working on my new loves.

Until next time–stay warm!

Collette

Magic in the Shadows

I love weaving in shadow-weave. From the simple juxtaposition of threads comes magical 3D effects. It is thrilling to watch it come to life.

I hadn’t woven in several weeks and was feeling the pull of the loom. On Thursday I came home to my latest small shipment of DK weight yarn, earmarked for shadow weave scarves for online and autumn craft sales. ┬áSo how better to spend Valentine’s evening? My husband at his loom creating shadow-weave facecloths in bright purple and pink cotton, and me with my fennel and cream scarf in progress. Classic 70s music in the background, and voila! a peaceful and harmonious evening.

fennel and cream wool blend scarf

fennel and cream wool blend scarf

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Purple and pink face cloth in soft cotton

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shadow weave is always best appreciated from a little distance

Life is good.