There has been an unseen framework behind my recent posts. Odd as it may seem, too much fabric, a visit to a fellow weaver and lace collector, natural dyeing and possibly even accordion playing are linked together in this great Web. The common factor is the wonderful news that I am being gifted a 60" Glimakra loom!
I sold my 36" Leclerc a few years ago and have regretted it ever since. Flora, one of the senior ladies of the island, and a fine spinner and all round textile enthusiast, decided her loom should be used rather than packed away - so she has given it to me. A few small strings are attached, the most important one being that the first items off the loom shall be rugs for Flora's house. She has asked Marie-Ange and I to collaborate on this project. I'm really looking forward to working with Marie-Ange and I think we're both hoping to learn from each other.
I am also thrilled because I will be able to transform some of the fabric spilling out of the cupboards and closets into some beautiful and practical rag rugs. I hope to begin a study of saki-ori (Japanese weaving with rags) as well.
My large collection of plant dyed yarns will become blankets - one of my favourite ways to use odd lots of yarn is to doubleweave plaid mixed warp blankets. Yeah! More cupboards emptied out. I love how weaving quickly uses up LOTS of yarn.
And to celebrate stash-busting, warmth, comfort, and friendship, I just might play the accordion.