Anyone who’s known me for a while or browsed my website knows that I engage in a wide range of stringy activities: spinning, dyeing, felting, naalbinding, sprang, braiding, you name it I’ve tried it. There’s no knitting on my main web page (though that will change, I’m sure), no crochet, tatting or a few other things I’ve done but never really gotten into. But it’s pretty obvious that my first love is weaving, and particularly tablet weaving, and the more complicated the better.
But there’s no weaving on this blog. That, my friends, has got to change.
I’ve been obsessed with knitting lately, true (anyone who’s known me thru more than my web page knows I’m obsessive!), and there are only so many hours in a day (and why oh why do I have to devote so many of them to work?????), and I like spinning and dyeing and gardening, and oh yes, I try to spend a few minutes now and then with Nick, and … no weaving.
Do you suppose I could trade Nick in temporarily for a really rich old man and then inherit all his wealth so that I can support myself in a life of string?
Someone came to me this past weekend with a question. She said she wanted to try weaving, but it all looked so complicated, and you need all that fancy equipment, and she just wasn’t sure she could manage it. I looked at her, and replied, “String. All you need is string. And maybe a couple of sticks. Everything else is a luxury item.” And it’s true. People think weaving is scary, and hard, and you need lots of expensive equipment. Not that the fancy toys aren’t fun, or that you can’t do hard things, but elaborate textiles have been made for thousands of years all over the world with nothing more than string, sticks, maybe a few rocks and some time. Plus a lot of human ingenuity.
I do have one hideously complicated tablet weaving project in mind (so complicated I think it may actually be original never-before-done!), but I will also be putting together a series of “weaving around the house” projects – things that can be done with minimal equipment, things you are likely to have around the house. One will be a simple tablet weaving project, and one will be a simple band with string heddles, and some pick-up for variety. The third project will be a bit more complex, but not much, and involve the Gotland yarn I’ve been spinning. There will be lots and lots of pictures, and plenty of advice on how to do everything as simply as possible (and on what to get first if you want to acquire equipment).
Sounds like fun, no?