Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mastering a Craft - Weaving


Weaving, I have discovered, is providing me with both physical and mental therapy. It is good exercise for my shoulders and gives my brain a bit of a workout as well. I am working on a set of dish towels now. When my shoulders start to ache I take a break to work my way through an old weaving textbook in an attempt to fully understand weave structures. I am learning a tremendous amount. The only problem with this is I now desperately wish I could afford to trade in my four shaft Baby Wolf loom for an eight shaft. The eight shaft patterns are far prettier. 


During one of my breaks I stumbled upon a YouTube video series called Mastercrafts - Weaving. It is more or less a BBC reality show with three contestants immersing themselves in a six-week intensive weaving course. It is interesting and highly entertaining. If you have any interest at all in understanding what the process of learning to weave entails you should at least watch the first video. 





6 comments:

Benita said...

Oh, yes... I was supposed to tell you how wide my 8-harness Herold is. 40". Still want it?

Lynda said...

I watched the first video. It is very, very interesting. I admire your patience. I don't mind investing some time in a project but don't think I would be able to persevere with weaving. Your information makes me admire that work much more now!

Christine said...

I can't remember what you told me before does it have a sectional warp beam? And the weaving width is 40?

Tombstone Livestock said...

Beautiful. Good to see you finding time to come back to blogland.

Sue said...

Thank you for the YouTube links. I am interested in weaving. Is it hard to learn?

Elaine said...

There are so many beautiful 4 harness patterns. Do you know Helene Bress' Weaving Book? You could weave for the next 50 years from that. Your towels are lovely.
Weave on!!