Confessions of a Novice Weaver–Part Five

I find the weaving part of weaving to be pretty easy once you get going. It’s the terminology that I can’t seem to get my head around. Dirty sheds, sleying reeds, warped looms? Sounds like a B rated horror movie. Of course it’s all slowly starting to make sense as any set of terminology does when you’re learning something new, but goodness. So it was with much interest that I approached summer and winter. Not content to live life as seasonal extremes, they found a way to be relevant all year long.

Confession # 8:

I ended up frustrated because first I overthought my pattern, and then I chose material that was very fine and, therefore, time consuming to weave. Not good choices for a week where I was already feeling time challenged. This was the project that changed my approach to weaving class homework. I decided that the goal of my weaving class should be to learn the basic techniques. Certainly it’s always good to challenge oneself, but it’s also important to feel balanced. I find so much joy in the weaving process – the creation of fabric from its basic elements. I don’t ever want to lose that feeling of excitement. Next time, in addition to calculating warp and weft requirements, I’m also going to take a stab at estimating time required. I’ll keep track of actual weaving times, and hopefully over time I’ll get a much better sense of how long a project will take. I wove a separate, plain weave flap for this clutch, folded my sample end to end, stitched along the bottom and up one side, and then attached the flap along the top edge. Finishing touches were simply a button and a quickly knit I-cord to loop it closed. Winter on the outside, summer on the inside.

Melissa Ludden Hankens

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