It was at Stonehill I had a chance to taste of the weaver's joy just a little bit. As a rug hooker I often said in my next life I hoped to be a weaver. I consider Rug hooking, a form of free hand weaving, creating a beautiful surface without linear constraints. It is akin to other off the loom weaving.
Any and all of the textile crafts, spinning, dying, knitting, weaving, quilting and of course rug hooking have always appealed to me. Any can be a life time pursuit. I learned to crochet when I was 16, making sweaters and caps and vests and purses all of wool yarn, I have never been interested in crocheting with string.
From Stonehill I bought yarn and borrowed a simple triangle loom and wove several shawls. I am trying to see if I can do that again. I ordered more than a dozen skeins of beautiful colors but when they came yesterday I was disappointed that over half of the yarn is much finer than I anticipated. I do have the option to return it right away, but I will try one skein to see if I can weave with two strands enjoyably or not. I have collected two groups of color, one purple and one bittersweet. The roving you see needs to become lumpy art yarn, which may or may not happen. I have a number of skeins left over from past projects.
In the center of this picture you can see the commercially woven plaid I am inspired to take off from.
I may remove the camel colored one or keep it as a highlight.
With these strange days of confinement because of covid, I am entertaining myself with different textile projects. One is to finish a hooked rug of the Texas flag, to be used as a wall hanging for my great grandson who loves history. Last evening I finished dressing a tiny wax faced doll, English about 1840. This type of doll is called a Mad Alice!
Just about every level surface in my house has a project in progress on it. Stay safe, e