Weaving togetherness

Weaving togetherness

I love how ideas can start as little precious sparks and, given the right conditions, in a short time can become a blaze.  A little discussion between me, Esther, and Donni, in which we decided to make a nice collaboration and weave each others yarns (yes – way cool right?!) turned into a whole new group on Facebook especially for Majacraft Dynamic Loom owners (or those who have it high on their wishlist!). I mean, why should we be individually hogging all the fun! Shared is always better 🙂 So what do we have? Its our own group space on Facebook, where I hope we can share lots of inspiration and ideas, making the most of the features of the Majacraft loom that make it unique and interesting. Now that I have had mine for a while I am feeling quite comfortable with the warping, and the plain weave possiblities, there are a huge range of reed segment sizes so I know I can use any of my art yarns. Next up is playing with the double heddle potential, which effectively turns it into a three shaft loom, so I can create repeating patterns, but with art yarns! I am visualising very textured lockspuns woven into a twill pattern, for example. I will be sharing progress on the group page! With the wide range of weaving experience of the group members I am sure that I will get some great tips and feedback on the process and will learn a lot. I am also very excited to be sharing the group page admin with Esther Rodgers (Jazzturtle) and Donni Grant (Loom&Arty), both really creative people! I am looking forward to posting about our collaboration project, and we hope to run some fun challenges for group members to get stuck into with us in the near future! So this is where our little sparking idea has taken us so far, who knows where its going to end up?! Maybe we can one day run a Majacraft Loom Play retreat for hands on face to face experiences with group members! Or perhaps we can organise swaps, competitions, even exhibitions, there is always so much potential when you get a bunch of creative people all in one place and the ideas bouncing around 🙂   If you have a Majacraft loom, I’d love it if you join the group too. If you dont have one (yet) but are considering it, come and join...

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Weaving. An Unexpected Journey.

Weaving. An Unexpected Journey.

Unexpected? Actually, yes it is. I started out spinning because my aunt suggested it and set me up with a wheel and lessons, and now, I cant for the life of me remember exactly how that came about! I have never been much of a knitter, apart from in my teen years, inspired by a lovely german woman staying with us, I did make many crazy colourful leg warmers and several attempts at jerseys. I bought a book of stitches and worked through it, even learning some fancy celtic type cables that got integrated into the current leg warmer at the time. But no matter how many fancy stitches I learned I couldn’t follow a pattern, and now I wouldn’t be able to recreate those cables even if I concentrated very hard. But I love spinning anyway. I love the fiber and the colours and, well, all the things from my last blog post! I have been lucky to be able to find a good outlet with Etsy for selling what I make, or we would be swimming in yarn here. In fact I could have single-handedly shored up the outer defence dykes with colourful skeins and saved the Netherlands from the rising water level effects of global warming by 2015, if I wasnt selling the yarn I produce. I never once aspired to weaving. It always seemed like a seriously technical art, involving counting, repeated patterns (a lost concept on me) and an organised mind. I never wanted to make tea towels. I guess I had quite a few stereotyped pre-judgements about what weaving was all about. I was generalising way too much. Because in fact, weaving is actually totally amazing. It combines colour, texture, fiber, and creativity in a very satisfying way. Did you ever do something just once, and realise in the first few minutes, that it was something you had actually always wanted to do but hadnt realised it until that exact moment when your hands began that specific journey? Thats me and weaving. Its not just because its a fantastic way to finally be able to really use the yarns I make myself, its also something to do with the wonderful way the fibers and yarns interlock, like putting that last piece into a jigsaw puzzle, everything just fits. I love to use really textured yarns, but also very fine yarns that make a beautiful fabric, each strand woven through the others. I find it incredibly tactile and cant help but run my hands  over the fabric as it builds up, just to feel the substance of what I am creating from single threads of fiber.  Maybe I am just a weirdo, its like...

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