Saturday, March 15, 2014

16/31 -Weft, Warp, and the Shed - Weaving Update

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            Here's a photo of accomplishment this past week, not as much as I would like, but a lot of trial and error, passing the "shuttle" stick back and forth through the "shed" (the space between the "weft" strings). Up and down, up and down the lines go as the weaving builds and I imagine what it will become. In my mind's eye, it will not be a usual weaving of bars of color, or a pattern, but this time I am thinking of spring, and will attempt a spring picture. I can cut out the black at the bottom, but thought the picture should have a bottom starting line for the picture to sit upon. 



           First, I'm weaving in the grass and may add diverse color, but for now, dandelions! I hope you can see them, and there will be more. The weaving does slow me down. I can concentrate on it, but allow my thoughts to "fly away" wherever I wish. It's good to be relatively still, and let my mind "wander", my one little word for the year. I am still and quiet, my thoughts are not. 

weaving tomorrows
the mind lurches into new corners
smooths the weft of yesterday 
Linda Baie (c)All Rights Reserved

40 comments:

  1. What beautiful work you do! I enjoyed the haiku/

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  2. The usual weaving of
    bars of color
    bands of sunlight
    banquets of stories
    slipped through my fingers this morning -
    this rainbow on the run
    and me, the weaver, just sitting here, waiting
    for it to return,
    as I know it always will.

    -Kevin
    PS -- Lifting a line to make a poem.

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    1. Thanks Kevin, a beautiful poem reply to begin Sunday. Hope your day is a good one.

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  3. I'm pretty sure I know why my daughter isn't doing any weaving! Lovely poem and amazing that you have found your way through the maze of directions and materials! I am going to have to get her loom and try it now.

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    1. I think your daughter is a wee bit busy right now, and about to be flung into more busy-ness! I hope you do, Donna. We can then travel along together!

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  4. Impressive progress, Linda! And I love your haiku and the idea of "weaving tomorrows," just as we do in our writing.

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    1. Thanks, I did think of that too, Catherine!

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  5. I am loving watching this unfold. The green is beautiful , perfect for this time of year.

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    1. Thanks Carol! Just as I wrote at the beginning, it's lovely to have a new kind of project to 'sit' with.

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  6. You have me pondering "weaving tomorrows" in relation to other forms of creativity. Thanks for the inspiration this morning.

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    1. Thanks, it can be that, especially now since we're in the middle of the SOLC!

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  7. Weaving tomorrows! Love this Linda! I am inspired by you today!

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    1. Thanks Amy, hope your day is a good one!

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  8. I love how your slice includes explanation, reflection and rhythm. I like the image of smoothing the weft of yesterday. I think that finding something that stills your body but lets your thoughts wander is so great- this is why I like knitting.

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    1. Thanks! I've often wished I had learned to knit a long time ago. I started taking lessons once, and sadly, we moved to another town, so I had to stop and never returned to it. I know it would be lovely to choose a new pattern to try.

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  9. Love the way you incorporated the weaving terms into the haiku. You take challenges to a new height.

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    1. Thank you Elsie. Just read your scarf post, another thing to weave?

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  10. I can see the dandelions peaking though your ode to spring !

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    1. Thanks Julieanne, Great! More will 'bloom' soon!

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  11. A wonderful way to weave your thoughts through your loom. This is beautiful - if you can't have spring weather, this project will bring lots of wonderful spring-filled moments.

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    1. That's the idea, Judy! Surely spring is just around the corner! Thank you!

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  12. YOur weaving is amazing and I too can see spring emerging from you wafting!

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    1. Thanks Anita-it's very nice out today, but snow on Tuesday-That's March I guess!

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  13. the weft of yesterday...
    I do love that! What a beautiful green, Linda - yo are on your way to a lovely finished product.

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    1. Thanks Tara! It's fun to do something different!

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  14. What a lovely meadow you have started! Haow did you get the dots of dandilions in there?

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    1. Thanks Lee Ann-Used small pieces of yellow yarn tied off at the back!

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  15. Looking good! You sure have a lot more patience than I.

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    1. You figured it out! Thanks for coming by! Nice surprise! You may enjoy sitting still once in a while!

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  16. Wow! How very cool. Seeing your tapestry and reading your writing made me think of Joan Erikson, wife of Erik Erikson. A few years back I read a memoir called A Walk on the Beach by Joan Anderson who met Joan Erikson. In this book, I read about Joan Erikson's thoughts about the tapestry of life. Here is a link with an excerpt from something she wrote, if you're interested: http://books.google.com/books?id=1b_jiAsYa8UC&pg=PA82&lpg=PA82&dq=joan's+life+cycle+tapestry&source=bl&ots=Ttlks8g3GU&sig=SiYGN2SndRoZoCe4UwvFNIfetuY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=504mU-LdEuep2gXhzoCYAQ&ved=0CDsQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=joan's%20life%20cycle%20tapestry&f=false.

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    1. Wow, Maya, thanks for the link. It sounds good!

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  17. It seems to me that a wonderful picture book could live in the threads of your weaving, Linda! Thanks for keeping us updated on your progress. I don't see any upside down chairs!

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    1. No-the chairs are put away, Melanie! Hopefully by next time, I'll have a warp board! Thanks for the idea!

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  18. Beautiful! I'm finding that I have to be relatively still, too, in order to savor. Enjoy your wandering and weaving.

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    1. Thanks Ramona-just sent another text! Hope it helps!

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  19. Love the colour of your weaving! You've come a long way. Great haiku as well Linda. Something like weaving can be relaxing at times.

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    1. Thanks Beverley, it is relaxing I agree.

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  20. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece, Linda!

    I loved it, especially, "I am still and quiet, my thoughts are not."

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