Growing a Tree: The Act of Weaving

I do most of my weaving late at night, after I've done homework and the dinner dishes. Sometimes I listen to music while I weave. Sometimes I talk to God and stay silent as I weave. Sometimes I put on a movie or listen to the traffic going by outside, as the sun sets and the streetlights pop on. It's very easy for me to get lost in the process and come to my senses hours later, when my back is protesting and my eyes are heavy. If I could weave all night, I probably would.

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The Making of a Weaving

Creating fiber art that is beautiful, meaningful, and made from quality materials is a passion of mine. Before, I wanted to use all recycled yarn, but it's not always in the best shape or the best smell or color. I took some time to think about the types of pieces I wanted to create, and what I would need to make them a reality, and then I invested in some gorgeous materials. Among them are flax, linen, cotton, wool, and hemp.

The Making of a Weaving

I also gathered driftwood and shells from the shore last weekend. I was able to find shells with holes in them - perfect for threading into the weaving for a bit of oceanic detailing. A friend told me that these shells have such perfect round holes in them because in the ocean, a crab will bore into the shell to get at the shellfish meat inside. Then when the shell washes ashore, it gets washed over and over again in the water until the edges of the hole are soft and rounded, and it looks as though the hole has always been there. 

My friend Liz built my largest loom for me - a simple frame, with beautifully fitted corners. I recently decided to add nails along all four edges to create tapestry weavings with neat hems and easier warping. 

The Making of a Weaving

This past week I worked on this piece every night until finishing it today. Sometimes I love my pieces, and sometimes I'm less than impressed with my work, but this particular piece was so beautiful to create. The cotton tassels, the contrast of the blue, and the thick white roving - it all came together so wonderfully.

The Making of a Weaving
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The Making of a Weaving

It's not often that the colors and textures come together so wonderfully, but the neutrals paired with the muted aquamarine wool and the pale wooden beads perfectly. This piece is available in my shop - see more details below.