A weaving-lite year!

So 2017 turned into an almost weaving free year. Oh well. It happens. But each time I come back to From This Cloth to check-up on things, I’m happy to see other learner-weavers are finding my posts on how weave-y things work. I hope you find them useful!

Of course this year got eaten up by the Scotland trip and the novel I’m working on, but also – if I’m honest – some fatigue. As I usually do, I went a bit hard at the new passion in my life and found I was ready to pack it away for a couple of months.

A few weeks ago a friend came to stay with me and she asked if I could show her how my loom works.

Now, she’s been on the journey with me since 2015 because video technology has allowed me to show her each new piece that’s come off the loom. So it was nice to be able to oblige. I measured a small warp, put on a few ends and wove a few rows.

Funny thing was that she was shocked by how long the set up takes and yet to me – probably because I know how long a proper bit of weaving takes! – I had to say that it wasn’t something that bothered me. Not for plain weaving anyway. Some of the two heddle threading activities have certainly tested my patience!

Of course, the thing that’s hard to explain is that the ‘preparation’ is part of the weaving. The choice of heddle and the use of colours are a good proportion of what makes a pattern or texture work.

It was nice to go through the steps of dressing the loom and doing an inch of weaving for her. Put me back in touch with all the projects sitting at the back of my mind. Over the weeks since she headed home, I’ve found myself looking at a list of ideas that I keep on my phone and you know what that means.

Bring on 2018!

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Ah hem

Well, that’s what you call a break, huh? I’ve decided to call this “getting noveled”, because it seems novel writing and weaving can only coexist up to a point; then the novel wins!

The great news is the story that had ambushed me late last year is now done and it’s entirely possible weaving will now rule, as these things do tend to balance out. I just have to wait for my hands to recover from writing (with paper and pen) 110K words!

Weaving fatigue strikes!

You might have noticed that my blogging efforts kind of fell apart this year… well, that’s a lot to do with the fact that my weaving slowed right down in the latter part of the year. Why? I think it’s called weaving fatigue.

I made something like 6 scarves in month and a half and that was clearly too much for my weaving brain.

The biggest problem with this weaving fatigue was that it hit while I had a project on the loom. This was terrible because, not only did that project stare at me accusingly from the loom each day, but it also meant I couldn’t get excited about anything new without finishing it.

It made me realise that I might need two looms to avoid this problem in future! Not that I’m rushing out to buy another one just yet, but I’m thinking about it.

Of course I should have anticipated this fatigue issue, because it happens with my fiction writing too! I love being a creature of predictable patterns…

What happens when I’m not weaving…

So, it’s been a bit quiet on the weaving front for… well… 3 months. The main reason being that I’ve been putting all my non-bill-paying-job energy into working on my fiction. Three novellas and a short novel have been taking up all my time. That and watching some trashy TV shows!

This is always a challenge for my crafts… I spend a lot of time writing because it’s a time-consuming thing, but that often pushes my other creative pursuits to the back of the queue.

Of course, there was probably also an element of weave-fatigue by the time I got through the Christmas presents. I’d been weaving very solidly for 6 months by then! So, a break was probably needed.

Now I am ready to weave again. I have some lovely soft cotton I want to test out on the tablet weaving side of things and I have balls of yarn bouncing up and down wanting to be made into scarfs. I also have a backlog of posts for this blog that I’ve sketched out longhand (I write longhand a lot) which need typing.

I just need to find a rhythm that allows weaving and writing to co-exist!

I love blogging communities!

So I got nominated for a Liebster Award liebster-awardby Orange Smoothy Knits. Very cool!

Sadly I don’t have enough fellow craft bloggers to nominate to meet the requirements, but that’s okay. I’m still buzzed to have had From This Cloth’s name put in the virtual hat.

Maybe some time in the future when I’ve accrued a few more weaver/knitter blogger peeps…

Still, I can happily answer the questions, because it’s just fun!

1. What is your dream vacation?

Stay in one of those villas in the Maldives that has a glass bottom so you watch the fish from your lounge room.

2. What is your favorite method of creating (knitting, crocheting, weaving, something else)?

Well, until I began weaving I’d have said knitting. I think weaving may turn out to really be “my craft”.

3. What creative achievement are you most proud of?

Hmm… many moons ago I knitted a long winter coat and I still wear and love it… but I am also a novelist and I think my current novel is my proudest achievement.

4. If you had a superpower, which one would it be?

Super strength… because it’s just so handy!

5. What does a perfect day look like to you?

Cold and sunny with clear blue sky and a few puffy clouds. Me, wearing a snuggly jumper and doing something creative with a cup of coffee and some chocolate on hand.

6. If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be?

Assuming we ever do get to this point – I’d love to see the day humans stop going to war.

7. How did you get into the blogging world?

Writers tend to blog so I came to it through that. I have… um… a couple of blogs (should I admit to that?)

8. If money wasn’t an issue, where in the world would you live?

Paris. I love Paris.

9. What is your favorite show and why?

TV show? That’s a hard one. Probably the original Dr Who during the J.Pertwee/T. Baker years.

10. If you could recommend just one place in your country to a tourist, what would it be?

Kakadu National Park.  Amazing.

11. Do you have pets?

I have no pets currently, but there will be puppies at some point! Probably a rescue and then a little pup too. Some variety of small breed so I can get them to the vet in a carrier (no car).