There once was a girl named Jenny
Whose interests were varied and many…
Crochet and knitting
Stitching and spinning
Drawing and painting aplenty.
To choose only one of them filled her with gloom.
There must be a way to give all of them room.
So lines and colors
Fibers and textures
She wove all together on a loom!
Her sketchbook remained like a song’s refrain-
The common thread keeping her sane
Through all explorations
Her sketches were the heart, that was plain.
But her loom was a canvas, creativity rife-
Weaving fibers she’d spun without tears or strife.
Over and under
Back and forth.
Learning to see through the warp of life.
In April, as I anticipated summer’s arrival, I began to think of it as My Summer of Weaving. It seemed crazy and began quite suddenly when a friend shared with me a book she had of amazingly colorful weavings created on a rigid heddle loom. Thus began what has been a delightful foray into weaving cloth!
I have also enjoyed making some tapestry weavings, tried a few bracelet/cuff thingys, and am now dreaming of a larger rigid heddle loom (wider…24″ or 32″…ooooohhhhh:).
I have also gathered the supplies I need to try backstrap weaving. My next step is to warp the sticks and have a go at this amazing style of weaving that truly has me in awe. I was mesmerized by this video of Guatemalan women working magic on such a simple loom. And I found an amazing blogger who shares how to make your own backstop loom. I’m not as interested in weaving a tiny strap, so my sticks are wide and will hopefully allow for a wider cloth. Ideas, ideas, ideas….my head is quite full and happy.
I have even been offered a Leclerc Floor Loom to bring home and give it a try. I’m not settled about that one, as I simply do not have the space for it. But boy does it seem fun to try out. Well, not the warping part…that completely overwhelms me… the thought of warping a big floor loom. My 16″ Ashford Sample It rigid heddle loom is so accessible and easy to understand. I’m not in any rush with this weaving path I’m on. Slow and steady wins the race and will allow me to relish and savor the learning and enjoyment of weaving.
Spinning goes hand in hand with weaving, as I so love to create yarns to either weave or knit with. For now, I seem to want to add into the weavings all kinds of yarns with lots of texture and color! So I haven’t woven with purely handspun wool yet. Perhaps I will try that in future. But my recent excitement was in discovering how to ply two handspun yarns together! My family can attest to my crazy delirium over being able to do that!
Of course, there are project bags in the works filled with knitting and crochet projects! And though I am no longer doing my morning #100DayProject pages, I continue to drawcument life, often doing so in the mornings and evenings as a way to greet and end the day.
Heart full. Hands open to receive. This artful life continually calls to me. I am consciously working to slow the pace of making so that I can just relish living artfully. I don’t know if this makes sense. But I’m finding goodness in just sitting for periods of time WITHOUT MAKING ANYTHING. Just to be in the presence of the One who made me. Just to be present in my life with wherever it is I am at the moment. It feels restful and slower than my usual. It is summer. And I am so grateful for this Summer of Weaving!
6 thoughts on “The Summer of Weaving”
Wow! You’ve inherited a soul of amazing color, tone, movement and texture from someone…
as always. beautifully written from the heart with hands to work❤️. would you mind sharing the name of the book shared by your friend for rigid heddle looms. thank you Jen
Hi Pamela! Thank you for your kind words. The book is by Alison Crosthwaite called Fibre Frenzy or something like that. She has self published it and sells it directly to you. You can go to her FB page and order it there. She will mail it to you from the UK.
Jennifer you are truly blessed with so much creativity! I love reading your blogs and seeing your work!
Thank you ever so much Karen! And thank you for visiting here!