My First-Ever Weaving Project

August 10, 2017

Hi there, Kelsey again. Last month, Susan and I headed down to Massachusetts to represent the Woolery at the NEWS—New England Weavers Seminar. I’ve never been to a fiber festival before so I was eager to be among these “fiber folks” and see what they’re all about.  

I observed that fiber folks are never idle. While other shopkeepers might browse their phones when business is slow, these people keep their hands busy. From felters to knitters to weavers to spinners, everyone was there. It was quite a sight to behold. I felt funny just reading my book in front of them!

But, my book was soon over. As I perused the vendors, my fingers itched for a new craft. So I chose some sparkly yarn from Madison Wool’s table and took out a rigid heddle loom. How hard could it be?

Turns out, pretty challenging! Although it’s not hard per se, there are many steps and precision is key. Susan showed me what to do and I began carefully threading the yarn through the little holes. I was doing quite well, when halfway through, she gasped. I had made a mistake! There was no way to fix it but to take it out completely and start over.

Pulling out all the yarn was a two-person job because we had to make sure that it didn’t tangle.  We let it drop lightly to the floor on each side. Finally we were done. I re-started.

Three hours later, I had my first woven scarf! The simple weave looks even cooler because the multi-colored yarn created its own design (in weaving terms that’s called “self-striping”). I’m so proud of my work and can’t believe how the time flew by. You might say I’m hooked (ha ha). Next stop: scarf number two. Practice and patience make perfect!

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