Looming Projects!

Looming Projects!

  Anyone who has visited my Facebook page recently would have already heard, multiple times.. that I have a new obbsession occasional craft activity, enabled by the arrival of my wonderful Saori loom. Its my very first delving into weaving. Why? (various loved ones did ask this of me) My daughter instantly cracked up because, well, in one episode of ‘Big Bang Theory’ Sheldon loses his job and slowly goes insane, this  insanity expresses itself in various odd activities including weaving. My Mum wondered if I was going to have time to indulge in another craft, and my husband (bless him) saw flying euros speeding out the window at an even greater rate of knots than previously. My littlest one however, (he’s 4) was very enthusiastic, and after seeing the loom just for a few moments was already keen to try it out himself. It went pretty much the same way as his attempts to drive the car. His legs are just too short to reach the pedals, however he really liked to catch the shuttle and send it flying back, and he is convinced that we are making a bag for him. In some way. In any event 😀 the end result is I have this beautiful new loom in my living room, constantly beckoning me from whatever I am doing, its calling me now..’weave…weeeeeave……WEEEEEAAAVVVEEEE’ I have a Saori loom, because: I think its beautiful, it has treadles, and apparently I require both foot and hand activity with fiber, it has shafts, and a cute shelf to put my scissors and yarn on. Its very pretty, but Saori weaving is not a loom, Saori weaving does not require a Saori loom, as far as I know it can be done on pretty much any loom, even a cardboard square with notches cut in and yarn wrapped around to make a warp. Saori weaving is a philosophy, and its what grabbed me and pulled me into the whole concept of weaving, because it fits perfectly with the yarns I make. Saori weaving was developed in Japan only about 40 years ago, and the idea of it is total freeform, no counting, no pattern to follow, no repetition of design (unless you want it), its like weaving for the activity of weaving. This of course resonates with me, as I love to spin simply for the activity of spinning! I am hopeless at maths, and I have never been good at following patterns, or rules either for that matter. (I was a total punk rock rebel as a teenager too). I decided that this is a style of weaving that fits me perfectly, and the yarns I create. Already I am...

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A Few of My Favourite Art Yarns

A Few of My Favourite Art Yarns

I am sure that everyone who makes and sells handspun yarn always has a few all time favourites, it can sometimes be hard to let them go! However having great photos of them does take up a LOT less room than keeping them all, and its a great way to keep a record of what I have made and especially what I would like to make again! Here are a few of my favourites. To view, click on the thumbnail, for a close up view, click again!    ...

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