Off the loom last night. These will be towels I think, though it remains to be seen how they will feel and drape after they are washed. The reading I’ve done on the subject seems to focus on giving the yardage a good solid wash and hard press to help to finish the cloth. There are some interesting lessons in this so far. I had to add a supplemental warp to make the purple patterned extended twill come out balanced, which was pretty straight forward. I also had to fix a couple of errant warp threads which stuck together and created a long float or two – actually not too hard either. The two sides of the cloth, the variegated and the patterned don’t really work that well together, though because the colours are matched they don’t actually clash, it is just two different styles – one kind of regal and one a fun texture. No matter, they will work together in this context. And it does beg the question, who am I trying to please here? We had a show and tell at our Guild meeting not too long ago, and one person impressed me immensely. She didn’t seem fazed by all the experience in the room, and showed her newly created project, the first on a multi shaft loom, with obvious joy. It was infectious, and seemed completely free of that self-effacing, intimidated or perhaps competitive vibe that one sees sometimes in a group dynamic.
The other thing that impressed me was the support shown to everyone who participated in the show and tell at the meeting. For whatever reason the group was “open” and seemed to just enjoy one another’s accomplishments. That is how it is meant to work I think. There are a lot of benefits to joining a guild. Quite frankly I wanted to find out a way to learn from other people and that is certainly becoming the case, as soon as I started to ease up on my natural reserve. I would say “shy” but that’s not quite it. One has to reach out a bit, meet people at least part of the way. It seems to be part of the work. Maybe that woman’s openness and joy in her creation rubbed off on others and helped make the meeting what it was. It seems that way.
I am always going on about the great outdoors but there is a real benefit to living in an urban setting. One of those benefits is an accessible guild. (There are actually several in my immediate area, for knitting, for weaving and spinning, and for all I know for all sorts of other crafts.) Above is my city, taken from Crescent Beach about a half hour drive from my house.