That is, a year ago this February 6, I began this adventure of weaving. I began because I wanted something to engage me, I wanted something I could feel pleasure in and also get that centered feeling I used to get when I threw pots, which was long ago.
A year ago today, I was anticipating my first weaving lesson. Would I like it? Would I be good? Did that matter? Would I be able to learn this art? That mattered!
I went to that first lesson with a friend. Margaret greeted us and whisked us into her lesson room. I remember going through a room with lots of looms!
We moved right along in that first lesson. There was a lot to absorb but Margaret’s teaching style meets that need. She repeats a lot of stuff in different ways and doesn’t talk quickly. There’s time to take in what she says.
I came home from that first lesson very excited! I was already thinking where a loom might go in my house.
Over the course of a few lessons, I wove this first piece:
Then I had to plan a second. My friend stopped coming so it was just me. During this second piece, I talked with Margaret a lot about looms.
I finished my second piece. The warp was bamboo; the weft was Mango Moon recycled silk.
And then Margaret let me know that someone was selling their loom. A Tools of the Trade 32″ wide with 4 shafts and 6 treadles. A little smaller than I thought I should have but I bought it!
That’s the sequence of events. Since then I haven’t stopped weaving. I love it. I love planning projects, looking for patterns, or what to weave. I love receiving the yarn in the mail and holding the cones or skeins in my hands, sniffing the yarn. I enjoy preparing the warp; it almost feels dance-like at times.
In a way, most of all, I love dressing the loom. I haven’t done this yet, I don’t think, without some error. I love the steps, the process.
Weaving itself is almost a let down! No, not quite. There’s a great deal of satisfaction of seeing the pattern take place … or being surprised at how the pattern does take place.
I like keeping track of my weaving progress with this blog and with the pictures. It doesn’t take a lot of time but it helps me focus at times.
And then there are the weavers I have met virtually! A whole world has opened up to me! I’ve enjoyed their stories, their help, their comments.
So, I think, a most excellent first year in this weaving adventure. And my thanks again to Margaret Russell for launching me. Her passion is definitely a large reason I sit before my loom and weave with joy.