I'm obsessed. Officially. Up to this point in my life, knitting has been my passion, when it comes to hobbies, and even for work (I owned a knitting store in the 80's). My thoughts in my down time are often about the next project or design - the next FABRIC!!!! Don't ask me how this happened at this stage in my life, weaving threatens to take over knitting.
All I can say is that for the last 6 months, a good part of my design/knitwork has been related to the linen stitch. Several people have commented about how much that stitch looks like weaving. So I'm guessing I've been drawn to the process for longer than that. I swim everyday with a lovely Swiss woman who is a weaver, and when I showed her my work, she commented that I should try weaving and that there is even a guild in town that gives lessons to beginners. At first the dates didn't work for me, even though I was interested, but due to a change in our vacation plans everything suddenly clicked. And guess what? There was one stop still left - it definitely had my name on it.
There were 7 classes - 1 per week, 3 hours a night. From the very first throw of the shuttle, I was in love. Every part of the process intrigues me. Classes finished last week. I completed my requisite acrylic steel wool-like scarf, along with another student's piece, who had missed a class. I have bought many, many books; I've scoured through journals on everything from patterns to techniques; I've researched purchasing a new vs. old loom. I'm hooked.
I own my own loom. It's a 32" 4 harness table model, with treadles which can be adapted to an 8 harness. I've joined the Guild, and I've warped my first floor loom at the guild - a 4 harness, 6 treadle baby, with the help of my swimming buddy. The warp is a gorgeous reddy/purple called Plum, by Sundara Yarns in the Fingering Merino Cashmere base. I had 3 balls, and used 2 for the warp. There will be 3 scarves when I'm done. The first one is finished - the weft is Black over Violet FMC. The second scarf on the same warp has a different pattern but same threading. It uses Yellow Heirloom Tomato FMC. I haven't yet decided what colour to combine for the 3rd scarf. Here's some photos of my work to date.