Sunday, March 18, 2012
A Weaver is Born
I told DD Christina that I thought this would be the visit to see if Alexia was tall enough to weave, so she arrived full of antici-
pation. The first thing she wanted to do was weave. I'm so glad we had the open/closed shed discussion because she was able to try both and chose closed shed.
I started her on plain weave, simply because I had those treadles tied up and she could start right away - she was rearing at the gate. I had direct tie-up for the workshop so stopped her and changed to standard. She wove twill for a couple of inches and then we decided to try point twill, but she said she couldn't remember it - could I write it down. She has her very first treaddling pattern to follow.
stood how to find out where she was in the pattern in case she wanted to undo a mistake, which most times was a loop at the selvedge. She told me she thought weaving was so much easier than knitting. In knitting, if you make a mistake you have to tear out the whole row and reknit every stitch. In weaving, if you make a mistake you open up the shed, return the shuttle until you've found the problem and then weave again. I do love to knit but I can see her point.
vision. She brought Harry Potter movies and thought we should watch them this afternoon in a marathon. She's learning that we might have other priorities, like watching our NCAA teams lose. She decided to weave some more and when she quit for dinner, the pink is how much she wove since she started.