So I’m home. Got home last night. I was gone for 12 days and I am feeling it.
SOAR was good and tiring. I fell like I never stopped moving the whole week. I was up at 6AM every morning and was never to bed earlier than midnight – even after Maggie got there.
My workshop (3 day) class was with Sara Lamb. We were learning silk knotted pile. I do not consider myself a weaver. Most of the weaving I have done up until a week ago was on a loom with pedals and shafts and stuff. I have enjoyed rigid heddle weaving a little more but it still doesn’t move my heart. Plus I always end up thinking about spinnign while I am weaving. So, with all of that I didn’t have much hope to fall in love but wanted to learn the technique. Boy was I wrong.
The looms that most of the class used were the new Cricket Loom from Schacht. It worked beautifully for this method and most students opted to take the loom home with them because of the ease of use. I, on the other hand, always have to take the hard road and asked if I could work ont he copper pipe loom instead. I was curious about the warping and was interested in the looms construction. I wasn’t sorry i went that route. Now I can use the rigid heddle loom as well as an even simpler loom for this weaving.
The photo above shows my warped loom and Sarah getting ready to show Janel and I how to make the heddles. (Janel went with the copper loom too).
Sunday morning there was a lovely talk by Nilda and I was even more inspired to help the Andean weavers and knitters and spinners as well as teach as many as I can to spin and weave and knit so that our textile traditions can be saved.