Pam, our instructor, lashing a warp for a Navajo rug.
I left early yesterday thinking that with an extra hour I would be able to finish threading it and possibly sley the reed. Ahhhh, the best laid plans. Last week when I started threading my warp I was on fire. Everything went in order, no mistakes, perfection. I only had time to thread the first half so with the extra time I figured this should be easy. I threaded, rethreaded and threaded again the last half of that warp. Three hours into it I had 25 to 30 threads left over at the end. Count, count, count, rethread, count, count count, thread again, still wrong, ugh. Sometimes your head is in the game, sometimes it’s not, last night it definitely was not. I got there at 5:00 and by 8:30 I had the reed on ready to start that but really didn’t have enough time so it will be waiting for me next week. Bummer.
When I first arrived at the studio I went around and took a few photographs of the other weaving projects going on. It’s all fascinating to me and there is just so much you can do (although the just gives me weaving ADD). Since my loom looks almost exactly the way it did last week I’ll share some of the other weaving – without description since I’m not sure of the proper terminology.
I have my class on Tuesday evenings so there are only a couple of other women that I actually weave with.
We do have weaving “theory” classes once a month where all of Pam’s students get together to learn about drafting, structure and color. Now I can put the names and projects with the faces.
It has been an amazing experience playing with these women who are all at different places in their weaving education.
All of the weavers that I have met are very generous people. They are open, honest and giving. It’s like going to therapy every week. We are all around the same age with wildly diverse backgrounds but we come together to create beautiful things. You see everyone’s tastes are so different in their color choices or even their projects. Pam steers people in the direction of their capabilities and gives direction when needed. She encourages each of us to work on our own so when we leave we can go home, warp our own looms and weave without her assistance. It’s nice to know that she’s only a phone call away though, I’m not all grown up yet.
The photo above is of a double weave rug (I know this much). It is one of the most stunning things I have ever seen. Makes me think a rug is in my future.