There is still plenty of work to do around here at Polyface, but with the time change this past weekend there are definitely more evening hours to do things. One of my hobbies that I am a few years into is weaving.
I don’t remember what intrigued me about weaving or what got me started thinking about it in the first place. But about 4 years ago I found myself searching for a loom and eventually found one on eBay that was within driving distance.
I immediately convinced my parents that I really would use it, since I would have to find space in the house for a 4 foot wide floor loom. So off I went to pick it up. It was old, rusty, and dusty and I didn’t have a clue how to weave or where to begin. That didn’t matter though because I had a loom and I was going to make things. And make things I did.
It took me a little while to figure out how everything worked, how to set it up, and then how to actually weave (the fun part)! Deborah Chandler’s book, Learning to Weave, had all the instruction I needed to see me on my way to becoming a weaver.
My first project was very simple. A jean rug, where I used old pairs of jeans that were full holes. I cut them into strips and sewed them together to make longer strips. It was very obvious that it was my first project. My warp (yarn that runs front to back on the loom), didn’t have even tension, I figured too short on how much warp to put on, and the edge is well, wavy instead of straight. But I was thrilled, and I proudly have that rug right now at my kitchen sink.
My next projects got more challenging, although in the weaving world they are very basic. I am always so excited when I finish weaving a project, take it off the loom, and put it to use. I have mostly woven scarves, towels, and rugs. I hope to do some blankets soon. I am looking forward to my long evenings!
How do you fill your long evening hours? Anyone else out there weave?