My Weaving Ways (Winter 2018)

I’ve just realized that I have not written anything about weaving since mid-November!

That’s kind of crazy, really, since I weave almost every day and miss it when I can’t. I love weaving and when I’m not weaving I’m usually thinking about it, reading about it, wishing I could spend more time at it.

I guess I haven’t written about it for a few reasons.

Some of what I’ve woven hasn’t seemed that noteworthy. I wove a lot for two craft shows we participated in and, while the things I made were pretty and well crafted, they weren’t difficult or technically impressive, by standards of accomplished weavers.

Sometimes I’ve thought about a post about weaving but would think, “Oh, I’ll finish this project first and then I’ll write about it.” But then, I’d finish and immediately start a new project and the cycle would begin again.

Sometimes I’ve thought about a post about weaving but, honestly, resisted writing one more post that is nothing more than, “Hey, look at what I made!” That’s not really what I ever intended this blog to be, simply, a place for me to talk about myself and do a perpetual show-and-tell.

So, why am I’m finally writing the show-and-tell, catch-up-on-weaving post?

Well, since I spend SO much of my time at it, if I don’t write about weaving I’m not sure what else to write about. And I do want to stay in touch with you, through the blog, and I do want the blog to reflect where I am in my own “loving hands at home” world.

So, here goes nothing:

I’ve made a few scarves and have more on a loom right now.

I made several sets of these chunky placemats and similar coasters. These have been very popular and I should really make more . . .

I made a zillion coasters because Don wound a warp for coasters before he hurt his ankle. I decided to do the weaving, to free up the loom. He said the warp would make 15 coasters . . .  but 36 coasters later, I finally got them off the loom!

And I’ve made a LOT of towels. I continue to like making towels best of all.

There! After waiting so long to do this, I have to admit it’s kind of fun to see all the weaving in one place. Thanks for indulging me . . . it’s great to have friends with whom to share!

80 thoughts on “My Weaving Ways (Winter 2018)

  1. You have been busy producing beautiful pieces – applause from this reader. Love the color combinations. I was at a quilt show last week, and there was a lovely wall hanging that used a tea table sized linen as the center piece. If you ever run across a square tea table sized lacy one, would you let me know so I can buy it on your Etsy shop?

  2. All so lovely…inspiring! Green with envy in the northwest and kicking myself when I had the chance to purchase a loom last fall at a great price. I’ll stick with hand quilting and genealogy for a little while longer 🙂 Enjoyed the post!

  3. Please do a show and tell once a month Kerry! I could look at the colors and patterns every day for a month and still see something new every time. They are beautiful, and make me happy as I imagine you weaving and creating. ♥️

  4. I agree that looking at your BEAUTIFUL handiwork and imagining you making even MORE makes me very happy. Such a tremendous variety of woven creations!!! I wonder if part of what I/we find so satisfying about them is that they are a reminder (conscious and unconscious) of the amazing web of life on planet earth — that our human lives are all woven together with plant lives (they breath out what we breathe in… and vice versa) and other animal lives (pollinating bees and hummingbirds and bats) and bacterial lives and mushroom/decomposer lives, etc. etc. I also would be delighted if your blog was simply “a place for (you) to talk about (your)self and do a perpetual show-and-tell.”

    • What a supportive comment, Will–thank you so much! I like your thoughts about the web of life–I could spend all day, expanding on the metaphor of weaving and life! And re: my blog as a perpetual show and tell–I can’t let that happening. I was brought up, as a writer, to try and be reader-focused as much as possible. But it’s nice to know that my readers/friends are happy with the show-and-tell sometimes!

  5. Kerry, I never get tired of seeing the lovely things you create! And it’s nice to have a place (blog) to look back on and see what you’very been up to over the years. Looking at those scarves made me wonder if you’ll be making light weight summer shawls.

    • Thanks, Susan! That’s exactly what I tell myself when I do one of the “about me” posts–that the blog will be something I can refer to, as time goes by. I’ve never made a shawl! I mean, I could, since it’s really just a wider scarf. but I hadn’t really thought about it. Hmmmm . . .

  6. Historian 200 years in the future — “I would so love to investigate the handcraft activities of past societies — you’d think with all our internet archive resources I could find something — oh wait, here’s someone who talked about her weaving, but she says, ‘I didn’t want to do a perpetual show and tell.’ Why not? WHYYYY?”
    Like your other commenters, I would be perfectly happy to see you say, “Look what I made!” Even though I am jealous of how much you accomplish! There is something so satisfying in seeing something handmade. Look at any food magazine and notice how they always place handmade or vintage textiles in the picture to make the food look more delicious.
    Also, when you listen to all this advice and post your future work, could you please add a sentence or two about what fiber you used, and where the draft came from?
    And if your blog theme will allow, could you add the ability for your readers to “like” other people’s comments? I agree with so many of them! 🙂

    • Well, your comment certainly made me feel better about this kind of post! Thanks, Gwen! I will do my best to remember to include the technical details of the weaving in the future, for sure. If you have any questions about things you’ve seen in this post, let me know. And I just looked at the settings for my theme and don’t see an option to enable “likes” on comments–sorry!

  7. I’m agreeing with many of the comments I have read here too Kerry – it is always so uplifting to enter your world, see your creations and follow your thoughts. You yourself are a joy in my blogging life and I love to read your posts – no matter what you are making! Those towels are beautiful and there are some colour combinations there I particularly love ❤ Is it just me or are you getting bolder with your colour choices?

    • Thank you, Pauline–you folks have been very reassuring! And, yes, I am trying very hard to be a little bolder with colors–it’s fun! They don’t all work but, weirdly, the ones I like least still seem to sell!

  8. Do you actually sell the scarves and linens? I went to your Etsy shop to have a look but didn’t see any of these items there. Or have they already sold?

    • I do sell many of these things but in a different Etsy shop. I didn’t include the link–I hate to let people think I’m pushing sales on them! Some things I pictured have sold already but you can find the shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WovenTogetherCrafts

      PS If you ever did see something you wanted, know that the shipping to Europe would probably be far less than what I’ve listed. I do that to protect myself and return shipping overages to the buyer.

      • Thank you! I’ll have a look, and I thought if I found something I could have it shipped to my hosts’ address while I’m in the Boston area in June!

  9. My heart breathes a sigh of great contentment,my mind filled with wonder,and my eyes are dancing with the beauty of your handiwork ,I have been blessed! Thank you!

  10. WOW!!!! That’s a lot of weaving, Kerry. No wonder you didn’t have time to write about it. I don’t think there is a piece I don’t like. The scarves and gorgeous but then you are impressive with all the rest as well. To bad you’ve spent the winter sitting on your hand with nothing to show for it.:) Holy cow!

    • Thank you, Marlene! There are, honestly, days when I think, “I should write a blog post. Nah, I want to weave!” As you know blogging takes a lot of time and sometimes we need to make choices.

  11. I agree with Margaret. Please share as often as you can; it’s always good to see your beautiful pieces. I do understand what you mean though, about how to use the blog. I think about it often. Then I remind myself that for me it’s as much about capturing what’s going on in life for me as it is about having something worthwhile to say. I’m never bored when I read your posts – such a creative life in another part of the world can’t help but be interesting 🙂

    • That’s very reassuring, Sandra–both to know you enjoy these posts and that you worry about the same issues. I keep a daily journal that is “just for me” so I don’t need the blog so much to tell me what was going on in my life. Maybe that’s another reason I think my posts should be reader-focused. But then I realize how much I enjoy reading others’ posts about their personal lives and that makes me feel more willing to share!

      • Exactly Kerry. I also keep a private journal (and no one should be subjected to reading that!) I suppose the blog is a more creative way of capturing this time in my life.
        Hopefully for all us bloggers, there’s pleasure in creating our posts and pleasure in reading those of others 🙂

    • Oh, poor Don. He actually got a knitted toe cover when he was wearing a walking cast a couple months ago! Apparently there’s a charity that makes them. I had to darn it a few times, darn it.

  12. J & D > Your weaving has style! We have the same problem, that the things we do most get posted about least – some not at all. There’s a line of reasoning which runs like this : well, if what I’ve been making this morning is worth posting about, then surely the same is true of any other morning’s/afternoon’s work … and very soon the blog would be as predictable and unremarkable as … So, inevitably, we don’t post at all – or at least on that subject. This is a mistake. We believe our readers don’t expect all (or even any) of our posts to be extraordinary. They want them to be interesting, authentic, unique. And so do we! So, we try to post a little about pretty much everything going on in our lives (though not always contemporaneously). – which makes for a blog that, read over a period of time, becomes ever more varied, and unique. The biggest hindrance to our posting is the need (these days) for photos of everything: it’s not just the photo taking, but the editing, management of storage … That prerequisite is all the more onerous when the post is about memories or local history or whatever that come to thought when weaving : because weaving is much more than yarn, machinery, technique, design, finished work. Weaving ALWAYS has a back story – or two.

  13. Oh, my gosh! Wonderful! Do not ever hesitate to show us what you have woven. Yes, applause from this reader, too.

  14. Lovely collection, I like seeing the different colours and patterns. I think I could really watch someone weaving, whilst drinking a cup of tea. I think it would be such a soothing thing to see.

  15. Wow, have you ever been productive! “Pretty and well-crafted” are the hallmarks of good handweaving, and it’s a delight to see what you are creating. Please keep sharing–your work is impressive!

  16. It is always such a pleasure and an inspiration to see your beautiful work – never doubt how much we all want weaving updates! 🙂

  17. These are such beautiful things; I could look at them for ever! The colours are just so lovely. I want more of these show and tell posts!
    Did I miss hearing about your poor husband’s accident or have I forgotten! I hope he is recovering well.

    • Thanks, Clare! I think I’ve never really explained about Don’s issue, just referred to it tangentially. He has a tendon in his ankle that is pretty much shredded. The doctor thinks it’s been degenerative for quite awhile, maybe since he broke that leg about 10 years ago! Surgery in about a month, then the healing can begin . . .

  18. Absolutely nothing wrong with show and tell, especially when you are showing and telling about such beautiful things. Often, the people in our ‘real’ lives don’t really appreciate what we make as they don’t always understand the work that’s gone into things whether it’s clothing, quilts, woven beauties, etc. and sharing on our blogs with like-minded people can give us the encouragement to carry on with what we love doing. Well, if you need encouragement that is – I’d probably carry on regardless but you know what I mean.

    • You’re absolutely right about people in the “real world” not really getting it. Some do, at least partly, and others want to be supportive but it’s lovely to have people who can really relate, like you folks!

  19. Seeing those lovely twills, I can almost hear the rhythm of your treadling. I only wish I could run my hands over your lovely creations, too. Keep sharing, please. I finally got my loom up and running and have been a bit drunken with the joy of weaving again. Between weaving, spinning, and hunting for and restoring old wheels, this winter is flying by. As for blogging, I’d rather be weaving … but I must get a post done soon. In my case, I unabashedly blog for myself not for readers (that sounds awful, I know). It’s first-and-foremost a journal for me and my family to capture a slice of our life to look back on. I suspect that you will be happy that you included show-and-tell posts when you look back on them years from now, and may even wish that you had more! Happy weaving.

    • I love twills and could spend my whole life weaving them! I’m glad you got your loom going and I sure hope to see some of what you’re weaving, as you get ready to share. My time is less my own these days and I’ve had to choose more carefully how to use what I have available and, yes, I’d rather be weaving. But, then I start to miss my blog pals . . .

  20. I love seeing what you’ve been making – so many beautiful pieces! They look so intricate and complicated to me. I like show and tell, and I would like to read more details, or a little back story about what you’re doing, and your creative process. Your words are also well crafted, so I enjoy that part of your posts too.

    • What a very nice comment! I am going to try to do better in the future, with more info about what I’m weaving. I got enough feedback, from this post, that some people are interested so I’m feeing encouraged! Thanks!

  21. I would be really interested to read more about it. You may not think it’s technically special but for us non weavers it seems like magic! I’d love to see your set up and how you make patterns and what kind of yarn/thread you use.

    • I just wrote to someone else that I will try to do better, in the future, with giving more detail about what I’m weaving. It’s hard to find the right balance, when I know most readers aren’t ever going to weave! But it seems enough folks have real interest–so I’m encouraged!

  22. Thanks for sharing your “show and tell.” Even if you don’t find it impressive, or not technically difficult, most of us don’t know that and we still enjoy seeing your pieces, and hearing from you. However I know I find it hard balancing the work with the writing. I don’t find my own posts of work in process very interesting (the type of “look at what’s on my design wall!”, though that’s exactly what I posted a few minutes ago.) I also don’t enjoy taking pix, so I put off taking pix and discussing process until something is substantially done. Not sure that’s the right balance for my readers, or for me. ???? Don’t know… At any rate, I relate to your hesitation to post sometimes, even if weaving for you or quilting for me is pretty constantly in our brains.

  23. WordPress just ate my comment (how dare they). Should it show up, you’ll know this is a duplicate. As I was saying, ahem, I love your writing and your makes…every last one of them. I look forward to al your posts, so please, keep on keeping on. xo

  24. I love those dish towels. I have a lot cabin scarf with colors too close on my loom. I lack the motivation to finish it but cannot waste the Misty Alpaca.

    • Oh, go finish it! You may like it better because the colors are subtle. Sometimes I don’t like what I’m making until I get it off the loom and wet finished!

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