My childhood fascination with making potholders during long car trips… my new-found love of all things fiber-y and textile-y… a deep-seated desire to simply create…All of these things contribute to my excitement about the upcoming weekend: I am going to learn how to weave!
The weekend workshop has been on the books for months, and tomorrow evening, my friend E and I will be going to The Mannings Handweaving School in rural Pennsylvania for a weekend of fiber education. Our class is small and very hands-on. We are staying on-site at the school’s housing and we definitely be steeped in the weaving – and the yarns. I am planning to leave extra room in the car for some “supplies” that I will be bringing home with me…
I do hope that my mind (and my hands) just click with weaving – I have a feeling that my desire to learn will just take over. When I am really into something, I spend great amounts of time researching it, and learning more about it. I did that for knitting, and I know weaving will be the same way.
I have been greatly inspired by the many weavers on Flickr and on several weblogs, namely The Daily Purl, Spin | Knit, sweetgeorgia, and IndiKnits. Although I don’t have a loom yet, and have not learned all of the terminology, it appeals to me in every way. I love the functionality of woven fabric and the textural qualities. I am drawn to the simplest of patterns, and this brings me hope: maybe I can actually produce something like this soon.
This weekend is going to be fabulous. I just know it.
…when you see me again, I will be a weaver…