Thursday, February 14, 2008

Confessions of a Novice Weaver – Introduction

Over the next weeks, Melissa Ludden, from our marketing deptment here at Schacht, will share her reflections, thoughts, and...confessions about learning to weave. Here's her first installment.

Confession #1

I am not really a new weaver. Back in the late 70’s, I made some really rockin’ potholders on one of those square, plastic looms that came with loops of colorful, stretchy nylon. I’m quite certain they were not safe to use, but were cherished by my mother nonetheless…I think.

Working here at Schacht, it’s impossible not to get caught up in the enthusiasm when it comes to weaving and spinning. We are all here because of our love for these crafts, and while I am a decent spinner, I decided that it was high time that I learned to weave. So I signed myself up for an eight week course at Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins, my local knitting/spinning/weaving establishment, and began counting the days until class started.

Confession #2

Before I started working at Schacht, I didn’t think that weaving was very hip, though I did have an interest in the craft from a historical perspective. This might not sound so nice, but I hadn’t seen many examples of modern weaving that I found inspiring. I have since discovered that this is really due to poor observation skills on my part and a general lack of exposure to the craft. Now I find myself looking at every bit of fabric around me, marveling at the construction and translating what is most likely a brief term of exertion by a machine into the hours and detail and material required for a human to create the same item.

Over the next eight weeks, I plan to share my experiences as a new weaver, and hopefully inspire some of you to pick up your shuttles and start creating. Next week…warping the loom.

--Melissa Ludden

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