Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Posted by Peg in South Carolina

Laying Season – from Susan Johnson’s “Avalanche Looms.”  I started reading this post because I thought the opening photos of her linen transparency were amazingly beautiful.  The title of the post did nothing for me.  At least at first.  But those photos.  Exquisite weaving. 

I continued to read the post and it is a wonderful read.  It is poignant history and courage.  And the conclusion she reaches in her final paragraph has shown me something about my own weaving and the desire to put all my eggs in one basket and yet the fear of doing just that.

The Slow Movement – from Stacey’s blog “The Loom Room.” This is an interesting post addressing the problem of speeding through life.  Anyone who enjoys it might like to read an old blog post of mine written about two years ago, called Slow Weaving.

I’m not alone, however, in my immersion in slow weaving.  Check out Tim’s pursuit of drawloom weaving on his blog, The Hawthorne Works. See the wedding project that Tien is undertaking on her blog. Look at this post by Susan to see slow weaving as meticulous attention to detail. And Meg is weaving at 160 epi!  That’s perilously close to three times the epi that I regularly weave at.

A Personal Look Back – from Susan’s blog “Thrums.” How many of us, I wonder, can even recall the first thing we wove, let alone still have it, let alone having woven something so wonderfully simple for our first piece?  Susan encourages the rest of us to share our own weaving history.

I probably will not honor Susan’s request.  Not because it isn’t a good request.  But because I am so involved in today and yesterday is so far away.  Perhaps someday when I am feeling a bit nostalgic?

To Read” was written by Margaret Carpenter for Talking about Weaving and was originally posted on April 20, 2009. ©2009 Margaret Carpenter aka Peg in South Carolina


Susan said...

Thanks for the recommend Peg!
I hadn't planned to write about my first project until I discovered my old runner. It just got me thinking...

I'm much happier being where I am today and going forward from here. While those were heady times, I was filled with confusion, excitement and had no focus.

I'm calmer, focused and know what I like to weave.... and looking forward to using my skills and fine tuning things.

But sometimes you have to look back to see just how far you have come.

:) Susan

Peg in South Carolina said...

Susan, thank you for talking about this. I think I find myself now in a similar place.

Susan in Avalanche said...

Peg, thank you for wading in to my post "Laying Season" This story never seems to let me go, so I keep trying to apply it. History is hard to get hold of.
I so appreciate your comments.