All weaving is a meditation

I am ready to throw the shuttle…after a peace-filled day of winding the last chain of warp and finally Knowing how it is supposed to go.

40 ends of purple were supposed to come together with 160 ends of black, but I wasn’t sure how.

Sometimes I’ve rolled dice to tell me how many ends of each color make up a stripe.  Other times I’ve used a a progression that evenly faded one color into the next. Today, I tried something new.  This is a gradual fade, based on the Fibonacci series. It’s actually two Fibonacci series going in opposite directions.

Life is like that sometimes, going in opposite directions at the same time. Meditation is like that, too, especially the part about where the colors merge into a natural and wonderful progression.  Wonderful moment, this present moment.

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Sleying, threading the heddles and beaming on went very quickly.  Isn’t that the way it is–Knowing how to go can be more difficult than just going.

Hand spun and hand knit

I simply had to rummage the closets and pull out all the items I wrote about yesterday. Memory is a fickle thing. There are actually four hats that I spun and knit, and there must have been a fifth one  because I know there was a white beret at one time, and the bluish-green one had escaped memory.

Berets are a good hat style for me, because I can bundle up all my waist-length hair inside.

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Hand spun and home made

What if…I could spin enough fiber into yarn, and then weave and sew, or knit, most of my clothing and household textiles…

If not today, then soon. Spinning the yarn is the weakest part of the plan. I’m not that fast at spinning fine, plain yarn. Weaving and sewing don’t daunt me.

Since my time is still constrained by work for a few more years, it is going to be a slow transition. Weaving and sewing first, then more and more hand spun. I don’t know if I will ever choose to spin cotton and linen for towels or curtains, but I certainly will weave them.

What do I have so far?

Hand spun and home made:
–three berets

Some hand spun and home made:
–coat
–table runner

Home made with purchased yarn
–table runner
–two tote bags
–shrug
–three pairs of socks
–fingerless gloves
–two shawls
–countless scarves

I can see that I need skirts and tunics. Good. My current weaving project is fabric for a tunic. There’s a fair bit of hand spun in it.