I’m winding warp. By the time the day is out, I will have 7 more bundles like this, all for a set of towels.
Winding warp is kind of boring, kind of repetitious, kind of mundane, but without it no weaving can be done.
When my mind wanders as I wind, I think of possibilities.
Because winding warp is all about possibilities and all about anticipation.
In this warp I see Christmas, of course, and winter. Snow and brisk winds and the cozy fires of home.
I see strong fabric where there is now simply thread.
I see useful objects that will please people who have values like mine, who value function and form and the imprint of the human hand.
I see hours spent watching the cloth grow, watching candy cane stripes wend through white, fresh and crisp and pleasing.
Through the occasional stress and struggles and bad news of daily life, I see making and becoming and creating.
So, I will go wind warp.