I have talked about learning to sew for several years and I kept putting it off. It would be an investment in time, money, and I would have to find yet another space for another craft. Our CA bungalow only stretches so far! I had some very good excuses.
My friend Bettes came through Berkeley not too long ago and stopped for a day to visit, a total delight. She wanted to make a pilgrimage to the local fabric store and I went with her. I dunno, I was there, I wanted to do it, I finally signed up for classes.
After starting the first project, thinking that this vest was going to cost in the neighborhood of way too much, I began to have second thoughts. I am too old to learn a new craft. It takes a good ten years to become proficient, blah blah, blah.
Then I came across this article in the New York Times Magazine. Scroll down and you see a picture of an elderly woman intent on a canvas. Hmmmm, she started selling her paintings at the age of 89. But I read too fast and thought she started painting at the age of 89. No matter. She started something. If she could start at 89, well, surely I can start at 70. It was inspiring.
First vest is almost done. I even think it will fit.
Really? some people don’t like the internet? or at least the technology that it entails. Ah, but what a joy this last month. I have heard from several people since I wrote about these potholders, including the lovely Gretchen Mueller whose potholder was the impetus for this whole project.
There was a lot of thinking through to be done. What yarn? Erica did not say anything about size when I posted to her. I thought 5/2 was used and believed I had some, but no, on inspection, it was 10/2. But I did have a stash of varying amounts of 8/2. Maybe a double strand would work. In fact Gretchen used a 8/4 carpet warp. Sett, go with experience, so I adapted the numbers Erica gave me. Now how to get it on the beam. No way was I going to put the draft from Photoshop into a weave draft. I printed out the PS design and marked it in 7 card sequences for each inch for beaming with my warping wheel, back to front. If you think I came to this as quickly as I wrote it… how I wish!
See previous post for what it looks like today, still a lot of progress to me made before I start thinking about all the problems I should have already solved!
Only one loom, I don’t know how other people keep track of more than one! I had a treadle loom once upon a time, but when I started weaving with the electronic lift I found I could not go back and forth from loom to loom, kept losing that kinesthetic memory.
What will it be? Good question. I hope those potholders I mentioned earlier. Been a slog to get this on the loom. A new respect for Gretchen Muller and Erica Pfister!
Happy New Year from ever sunny California, may your looms sing/zing/ all year.