Sunday, November 6, 2016

ground, path, fruition...

i've written here lately, of brittany's creativity challenge i participated in a week ago, how much i loved it...
i find some of the discoveries i made still very much in the front of my mind - ideas, and perhaps even ideals, are constantly evolving, new insights developing, as if my creative brain is percolating away on high

i mentioned before i've had an interest in weaving for a very long time now
i remember grade school weaving with construction paper, graduating to yarns on a peg loom... a small hand-held nail loom for weaving long tubes that could then be made into all manner of various things

simple, childish weaving, the mechanics of which were fascinating

but there was more to the feeling, even then

i babysat once for a one-time weaver... her loom long gone but a set of placemats on the kitchen table begged to be handled -  the ridges and valleys formed by fibres of varying weights explored with gentle stroking and the feelings invoked were more than that of a new discovery; they felt more like the memory of a love

the frame loom i ordered a while back took a few weeks to arrive and i was itching to begin
i remembered a bead loom i had bought - not to do beadwork on 

i did a lot of that in my teenage years and have no desire to take it up again 

 i bought the bead loom for experiments with weaving fabric and wire (which i still haven't done!)

i dug it out, threaded it with plain dmc #12 perle coton and using an over-dyed valdani #12 perle coton, i painstakingly wove about an inch


it was such a pain - the bead loom set-up couldn't hope to hold the warp threads tight enough, which resulted (with my inexperience!) in a very uneven little swatch

but i was smitten


two weeks ago my frame loom arrived


i'm in a big hurry to learn as much as i can about all things relating to weave

brittany, who hosted the spark your creativity challenge, is the own/creator of " the weaving workshop " and she teaches an online class called 

"ground. path. fruition."

a class to motivate, inspire and challenge

"to focus on your creative weaving process and engage in weaving as a meditative practice, while exploring materials and media"

to develop a personal practice of weaving that includes more than the warp and the weft, where the maker works from both knowledge and compassion, mind and heart

the next session of this class begins on november 14... a little too soon for me
technically i could do it, even though i'm a beginner, but i want to approach this class from a place of a little more knowledge than i presently have

i want to weave a few things first, get better at setting up the warp, smoother in my technique
{i don't mind imperfections - i just want to know how they happened so if i like them i can repeat them!}

i highly recommended the "spark your creativity challenge" and while i can't yet offer a first-hand commendation for "ground. path. fruition. i can say that i have no doubt that it will be fabulous

no doubt at all...

{here's a wonderful article about brittany over at the textile artist website !}

3 comments:

Rachel said...

This is going to be intriguing - looking forward to seeing what you do!

Marj Talbot said...

oh that looks so lovely = time and patience evident here. Look forward to more of this.

Dorthe said...

Happy creating with your new found love, dear friend. Weaving is also here in Denmark a loved handwork, and we have many clubs also in this tiny island.
I myself is far too impatient to start weaving.
I hope you find new ways with your new weave and joy too !!
Hugs, Dorthe