My journey into the world of weaving


One scarf done, the second begun

But first, I want to acknowledge Peg in South Carolina and all of her help. I would not be having this experience right now and I think it might have been my first real disaster off the loom! After her comment in my post below of “Almost no problems”, we had a rapid back and forth in email. Her explanations were clear and understandable. I am in awe of her and thus I am totally honored to headline her latest post!

That being said, the first scarf is 7 inches in width and 65 inches long. I expect about 5 inches of shrinkage. It was fun to weave, once I understood what I was doing! This first scarf had a treadling of 22334455.

I have decided to shake it up a bit with the second scarf with a treadling of 223344554433. I have only woven two repeats but I like it! And I have more than enough of the Mango Moon – no emergency purchase needed.


Birth of a Guild

Last night, I joined a gathering of some 20 weavers to start up a local guild! We met at the store A Loom with a View, owned by Betsy Martin. She’s been in business since last fall and has done an enormous amount of building and nurturing weaving interest! She along with my weaving teacher Margaret Russell and another weaving teacher Patricia Morton invited all weavers to join them in this creation of a new guild.

There were both experienced and novice weavers present. Everyone was excited. After forming a circle, we introduced ourselves and shared our weaving stories. Then we got down to business.

When to meet? every 4th Thursday, 7-9, at the store. For now, our group will fit the store and Betsy is very generous in hosting us. It’s wonderful to sit amongst fiber and looms.

What to name ourselves? That will be decided at the next Guild meeting on May 22. What about dues? We decided $20.00 was a decent amount to ask.

What are we going to do? What kind of programs? There were many folks present who have lots of experience with all sorts of Guilds and they made many suggestions. For now, we all just want to be able to share our work, see other’s work, and ask questions. But there will be an evolution towards getting speakers and classes.

I was struck by how we basically met together as weavers. If some of us have other lives with jobs that didn’t get shared except incidentally. Weavers we were and that was why we were together! There’s a lot of energy to make this work and I have no doubt at all that it will succeed. We covered a lot in very little time. We are well launched.

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Some new acquisitions

I met Margaret at The Loom with a View yesterday and purchased two skeins of Mango Moon and this book:
Handweaver's Pattern Directory

It looks fantastic! I love the illustrations, all in color. Instead of draw-downs, it shows the actual fabric, front and back! And it’s all for the 4 shaft loom! Yay! I’m eager to peruse and use.

But, for now, it’s back to the face cloths. I may have used the wrong cotton – mercerized, instead of unmercerized – but Margaret problem solved that away! If not face cloths, they will be something – towellettes!

So off to weaving I go!


A year ago

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!
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