Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Woven on a hand loom with the colors of the summer-cum-autumn in mind.
This was inspired by Sandra's program at the May FreeStyle Meeting, weaving on small looms. She and Cynthia made some small looms from foam core to get us started, and suddenly we were off and running! Once I had my "weaving fingers" back I had the feeling I had come to familiar terrain. Later that same week I started this piece on a small hand-held loom I bought several years ago on Etsy. The wonderfully colorful threads are left-overs from my weaving days, as well as some silks from the hand dyeing I did last fall. The contrast of rough and smooth textures made interesting lines.
I used a large high-castle loom for so many years that working on a rigid heddle loom of any size starts out very slowly. Growing a cloth from rows of empty warp to a finished cloth is an absorbing form of zen, and I am always surprised when I glance up and see the hours that have passed. Then it's time to stretch and have a little walk through the garden . . .