Rainbow’s End

It took me four years to go from winding this rainbow warp to cutting this last length of fabric off the loom. I am not the same weaver I was when I began. I am not even the same person.

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Rainbow’s End is the resting point between life’s many journeys. As a weaver, my journey has been toward Saori free style weaving, a place outside the rule books, the place where instinct is all you need. As a person, it’s been a journey from a desperate need for absolutes, back toward a softer world of possibilities.

Rainbow’s End is the image of this transformation. The warp, with its regular stripes, is where I began. The weft, intuitive, yet made from mostly that same thread, is where I am today. My now empty loom is where I will begin my next journey.

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It took courage to plunge my smooth weaving into a tub of hot water. I was right to trust my instincts. The wool inlays are fine. The tightly spun worsted singles, steam-finished, didn’t shrink as much as the cotton. Don’t believe everything they tell you. Sometimes you have to take a chance.

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Amber cat says, “Chances. I take them.”

4 thoughts on “Rainbow’s End

  1. I always like to hear about a project that takes some one else a long time, because my projects tend to go through long cycles as well.

    The rainbow runner looks great on that beautiful table & chairs, with the accents of glass!! Nice! I really like the combination of the structured rainbow warp and the freestyle Saori weft!!

    It’s great that you’re finding your own distinct weaving voice and not getting too caught up in what other weavers think of as exemplary. That’s pretty much what we’re all called to do I think.

    Weave on!

    Sue

  2. Thanks for sharing the story of your journey to the freedom of Saori freestyle weaving. I love the way you’ve used the colour gamp colours to interplay in a whole new way. The wool accents really add to the overall look.

    Can’t wait to see what you create next!

    Happy Weaving,
    Terri

  3. I made this project a favorite as soon as I saw it on Weavolution. I’m just learning about saori, and I like it a lot despite the fact that it doesn’t mesh with my current weaving focus. (Production contract work.)

    This piece just has a life and liveliness that’s tangible. It’s hard to imagine someone being in a glum mood while this runner graces the table.

    Be well!
    Blossom

    PS: Thanks for posting the link to your blog on Weavolution. I didn’t think to click through your profile when I saw your work over there.

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