Should you weave everyday?
The internet and social media is full of advice and opinion on what to do, what not to do and if you are doing it – you’re probably not doing it right.Â The news is overwhelmingly full of opinion and solutions based on narrow personal observations. Â So how could I possibly qualify to answer “should you weave everyday?”
I also have a personal world with personal observations that I could inflict on you all. But I can see how variable and different people are in their approach to everything. Â I think you do something everyday because you want to (or you have to). You’re drawn to it and it gives you a ‘spark’. Some people are more goal centred and disciplined in their approach to weaving, and others like to dabble and slowly meld into the world of creating textiles. Â It works all ways. Â Weaving isn’t a chore (at least for most of us)…its a time away from other things to enjoy and savour. Â If this isn’t how it feels, a break or looking to doing something different on the loom may re-ignite your resolve.
I had a few warpers in the studio of late. This step in weaving gets you designing your own fabric from the beginning and can be a mesmerizing and relaxing process. Certainly a rewarding one. Especially if you are warping for a saori style cloth.
I’ve also had some weavers in the studio as groups or couples, enjoying a few hours or Â a day away from the usual. Sometimes doubling up as a celebration. What better way to spend some time with people than enjoying colour and entwining. Â I think it’s better than Scrabble because you get to take a cloth home. Â Groups can spark and trigger your own ideasÂ so weaving with others is relaxing and rewarding.
Maybe you would like a ‘kicker’ to weave with. Â This has to be something connected with our senses. For example a piece of music can make a basis for a woven cloth. Â Music has dynamics, tone and colour. It’s a feeling created in you and felt with our hearing. Â This approach isn’t for everyone, and natural images are probably the most often used for inspiration. Another one is our sense of taste. Â Can we create a beetroot cloth?? One cloth I’m not going to make is a green bean one as I don’t like the taste…but then that might make the best cloth of all.
Should you weave everyday? Â Maybe. Â Some days I just daydream about it, and that’s nice too.