Fabrics fascinate me and I love the idea of making my own. Michelle is so enthusiastic about her craft that it's difficult not to be swept along. When she said she was selling this loom (don't worry, the amount of looms she owns runs into double figures!) I had visions of my own weavery in France, hidden amongst the streets of a medieval town....
Now the first thing I said was "it looks very complicated" but Michelle & Andrew (who I had taken along) both chorused "no!" Andrew can look at equipment and know instinctively how it works. I on the other hand have to read the manual several times and take copious notes.
|The bit that sets the pattern|
But I think I could learn if this was the end result.
The studio, in fact the whole house, was full of gorgeous yarns. Michelle and her daughter will often dye wool to get the right shade. I was in heaven as I was free to touch everything. Yarn can be made from all sorts of stuff. I expected the kevlar (used for bullet proof vests) to be rough but it was soft, as was that made from crab shells!
|Hand dyed skeins|
|I could have this as art|
|Would suit my sitting room|
|Wrapped up against the cold with a single malt|
|Reminds me of sunset over water|
Michelle was kind enough to let us have a go on her teaching loom. She said I produced a nice tight weave, I think she was politely saying I was a bit violent when I pulled the 'thingy' back.
She does teach weaving. I'm very tempted.
|Andrew on the beginners loom|
Until next time