|my loom is 7 feet wide by almost 4 feet tall|
|see the pattern emerging|
|see how big the loom is when you see my hand against it|
Our Instructor also taught us how to make lacy patterns and satin finish. For this first one I will just do the straight or tabby weave. If I were doing all one type of yarn in different colors I would consider the lace weave to add some design interest, but since I have instead chosen lots of different textures I will let my yarn be the star. I am so happy learning this new technique that for the last two nights my dreams have all ended in weaving. If I am dreaming about cars, pretty soon the cars driving down the highway would morph into patterns of the black ribbon road and the red, blue, silver and gold of the cars. If I dreamed about cards the red and blue bicycle pattern on the back of the cards would weave in and out of the red, black and white on the face of the cards. The dreams were extraordinary and when I woke up my heart would still be singing in the rhythm. When I got to class we were supposed to finishing hammering the nail into our looms, but I can hammer later, I wanted to get my fingers into the yarn and weave. I was like a prima dona ballerina, my fingers floated up and down the warp weaving the weft in and out, in and out. The rest of the class came by and stared in a amazement as they watched my patterns emerge and how my fingers floated. My yarn and colors were different then everyone Else's. Each of us had such different colors, but mine were the colors that you could best see the pattern with the contrast between the pale creams and the dark browns. I was the first to have a melt down on Saturday. I just could not get the concept in my head and understand what I was doing. I started taking it apart and was not getting it still until the teacher came in and found me in my state of confusion and dismay. I did not get upset or anxious. This is good. I was trying with all my brain to understand what was I doing wrong. When she came and stuck her hand up into my project it clicked. I got it!! Now I could see the warp, the weft and the shed in between. Then with all the dreaming of the process I had worked it through my brain so Sunday I went from behind the average in the class to zooming ahead.
The best part of the class, well, one of the best parts was every half hour or so someone would get it. When Judy came into class on Sunday she was lit up like Christmas lights. In the night in her sleep her brain had also solved the mystery of what our fingers were trying to do. She also starting zooming. Her yarns are the same texture and size. They are both chunky yarns, one purple the other variegated purple, green and blues. The patterns are lovely but using the same size of yarn she needed to try a pattern to add interest to her project. The lace pattern she put in about a third of the way through the project was perfect and added that extra little something. The teacher had taught us the lesson of thirds. It is amazing how using these little secrets make your projects look so professional, even on the first one.
Can you tell how much I love this craft?
|scarf that I hope is Blue Hen blue|
That is what I love about this world