It’s a start

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So, this happened.

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Last weekend I did a tapestry weaving workshop (taught by the woman behind Roving Handmade Textiles) and while this may not be the most beautiful piece of weaving, it is my first one, and it has given me so many ideas! Ever since the Woolful episode where Maryanne Moodie was interviewed, I’ve been growing increasingly interested in tapestry weaving, so when I saw workshops posted that I could actually go to (yay for Saturday classes!) I signed up without hesitation. I am so glad I did!

This piece is really just a sampler of sorts, which is why it’s mounted on a knitting needle (I just needed to find something for the photos). Basically, I started without much of a plan, and then then each time Michelle taught us something new, I’d try it out (and then usually repeat it so I didn’t immediately forget). This piece isn’t really destined for our wall, but I’m proud of it nonetheless. Learning something new is fun and challenging and not always immediately beautiful, and that’s okay.

This is how much I managed to get done in the workshop. (Photo by Michelle)

This is how much I managed to get done in the workshop. (Photo by Michelle)

Weaving has a very different rhythm than knitting or sewing, and I like that it lets me think about colour and form in a totally different way. Also, it is a great way to use up stash yarn that I either don’t have enough of to knit anything useful with, or bought a while ago and no longer love for a garment. L was initially a bit concerned about the idea of me picking up yet another craft, but the loom comes apart without any screws (such a smart design — you can but the same one here, if you’re so inclined) and since weaving and knitting laregly overlap in the supplies department, I think it will be okay.

I haven’t started my next project yet, but I am thinking about it, and once I find a good warping string, I’ll be ready to go. Yay for learning new things!

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8 thoughts on “It’s a start

  1. Julia

    I find this really cool for a first attempt! It does looks like a little piece of art – modern design! The last time I wove something was in primary schol, I think … I then had a children’s loom at home, but the strings somehow got tangled so bad that I stopped using it.

    You can make beautiful things with weaving for sure! A friend from my knitting group did a rainbow-coloured scarf with Kauni yarn … Awesome.

    It will be cool to see what you’ll come up with next! 🙂

  2. Kat

    I love that little tapestry! It’s so bright and fun-definitely a stellar first project! I can’t wait to see what you end up doing next-it seems like the perfect new hobby!

  3. Audry

    I think it is good enough to hang up. I especially like the yellow braided bit that goes diagonal across the piece. I’m very curious about how that is constructed.

  4. knittedblissjc

    oh that is so cool! And I love how it looks on the wooden knitting needle, if you can spare it, I think it should stay on it.

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