Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Weaver’s Apprentice

I did it! Few things have made me more proud.

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Making cloth is a very complicated process. There was a reason it would take an apprentice years to master the craft. They must learn to design a draft, calculate the project, measure the warp, sley the reed, thread the heddles, and tie up the treadles all before they even begin. Then there is the actual act of weaving, and learning to keep even tension and an even beat. I am a long way from becoming a master, but I’m making one of the most beautiful alpaca shawls you have ever seen and I couldn’t be more pleased with myself.

23 comments:

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Very impressed!!
And lovely!

Miss Effie said...

Oooohh! Twill!!! Very cool!! It will be beautiful!

Rita said...

My, know wonder you are happy. Many could not do this including me. :) You are doing great!

Karen said...

Christine -- I can't even imagine -- it looks perfect !

Congrats.
Karen

sheryl w. said...

Alpaca shawl...which alpaca is it for and how big do you have to make it? Seriously, though...I am so impressed with all your talents and the ambition you have to do oeverything you do.

Muffy's Marks said...

Wow, that project must have taken some time. What are you going to do with the cloth when finished?

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

I CANNOT wait to see it!!!!!!!
Kim

Lori said...

AWESOME!!

Tombstone Livestock said...

and you have to learn a whole new language, congratulations, is that the new loom?

Karen Anne said...

Amazing.

Christine said...

Yes, this is the new loom. I'm also warping the counter balance loom for making rag rugs and hope to have both in full production by the end of the week.

tonya said...

Looking forward to seeing you in your new beautiful shawl!

Milah said...

Wow! I'm impressed! If it's done before we leave for Tennessee, bring it so I can check it out. ;D

Nancy K. said...

Congratulations! You have just listed some of the many reasons why I DO NOT WEAVE. Way too complicated for me! You however are an inspiration!

Back to spinning and knitting in the Bluff Country...

Marti said...

You are talking a foreign language here. But I'm sure your shawl will be gorgeous.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, how proud you should be!! Weaving is one of those things I'd love to be exposed to so I could learn all about it. Weaving, rug hooking....and a bunch of other things, too! I'll be looking forward to seeing the completed project!!

Dianne@sheepdreams said...

Looks like a beautiful twill pattern. Good job!

Wendy said...

Fabulous! I can't wait to see it.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Wow! Beautify fabric!!! I can't wait to see what you make out of it!

tainted with a positive view said...

I am impressed. You did more than I could do.

Sharon said...

That gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "making fabric". I've tried just enough weaving to know that what you are doing is incredibly awesome! Good for you!

Benita said...

Congratulations and welcome to the fun world of weaving. I can't wait to see more of what you produce.

Anne said...

That's beautiful! Very impressive -- you have every reason to be proud!