For those who don’t know me (which is pretty much everyone), I am a weaver. I’m also a quilter, as you’ve seen on this blog in the past.
I am currently working on a Tolkien Quilt – this will incorporate Lord of the Rings blocks as well as blocks from The Hobbit, and should I ever read any of Tolkien’s other works, probably stuff from them as well.
But to the title of this post…I am a weaver. I also spin my own wool. No, it’s not really that incredible. It’s therapeutic, if you ask me. I can sit and spin, and it calms me. I can sit and weave, and things that seem troublesome disappear and/or become manageable.
Sometimes tho, a Dog on The Loom appears and it doesn’t matter how much you struggle with it, chastise it, yell at it, shed tears over it, plead with it, or whatever else you do with something/someone you are frustrated with, a Dog on The Loom just sits there like a lump and refuses to listen.
Once you have spent that much time (a year) spinning the thread to weave into something beautiful, you really want it to work. But this shawl I was making (did I mention I spent a year spinning the thread – on and off, admittedly) became a Dog on The Loom. It started almost immediately, and I thought it was just the way I had threaded the heddles, perhaps it was too tightly woven, perhaps the tension was too much/too little. Nope. It didn’t matter what I did, it was not working. The handspun thread that I was using for the warp literally shredded on the loom. I should have used it as the weft, I know that now, but at the time I was determined it was going to be the warp.
Oh well, live and learn. I now know many more things about this self designed project, and after a year of avoiding weaving completely, I have decided to get back into it, with a simple little project for a friend. He needs a pair of winingas (aka wikelbanders, puttees). You see, I also belong to a medieval re-enactment group, and my friend is portraying an Anglo-Saxon, and he needs these leg wraps. I’ve made them before, and I like weaving them. They are simple to set the loom up for, are fast to weave, and relaxing. So a good “back at it” project for me to come back to weaving.
Wish me luck.