Be Glad You Weave

Sometimes when you are showing nonweavers a project or they are watching you weave in public, they make comments about how long it must take to weave a scarf, a towel, or a shawl, about how patient you must be, and how they couldn’t possibly be that patient. If you are at all like me, you want to say, “Are you kidding?” I’m at my happiest when I’ve got 1,000 ends to sley and thread. I love to see a disorganized warp become organized on my loom. I like to throw the shuttle and see the cloth develop and see my ideas become reality. I’m so glad I weave.


The result of my idea of using embroidery floss for placemats. Photo credit: George Boe

I try not to be too smug about the fact that I’ve found something special in the world that so perfectly satisfies so many parts of me. To be honest, I’m really happy that my life isn’t just about going out for lunch but also about weave structures, color, design, fiber, creating, and exploring the world of weaving. Someone recently asked me why I decided to make a career out of weaving, and I realized I never intended for weaving to become my career but instead it snuck up on me from various directions; before I knew it, weaving wasn’t just taking up space in my house, it was also taking up space in my head. My sizable physical stash of yarn doesn’t hold a candle to the size of the stash of weaving ideas that keep me comforted and occupied when I’m not near a loom.


Unfortunately, these cones represent a very small portion of my actual stash. Credit: George Boe

We are all at different points in our weaving “careers.” I know I won’t always be the editor of Handwoven, but I know I will always be a weaver. Wherever you are on your own weaving path, I hope you embrace weaving for the gift that it is, now and in your future. Be glad you weave.

Weave well,

Featured Image: I know Jan Barbieri, the weaver of these napkins and I know she is glad she weaves! Colorful Shadow-Weave Napkins, Handwoven September/October 2018, by Jan Barbieri

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  1. Anonymous at 1:40 pm July 18, 2018

    “Miss Susan” THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!
    Weaving isn’t my main art/craft. I’m all over the place with different media-including drawing, writing, sometimes music. I simply create or image creations when I can’t do the actual art/craft. But, this is seen by way too many people in my life as odd, even useless. Pretty much my whole 57 years. I hope things are changing. I hope future generations will get to be both “educated” and artisans/crafters.
    Thanks again, what you wrote is an encouragement to many.

  2. Anonymous at 6:54 am July 19, 2018

    Being new-ish to weaving (18 months), I didn’t realize others felt the same way. I’ve been working fiber crafts since the early 70’s. When I took up weaving, I felt like all my artistic and analytical skills came together in a perfect clap of inspiration. I have never felt so calm and energized as when I design a piece and then see it through all the steps. It’s my zen meditation. When I weave, I can’t think about all the problems in the world, all I can think about it counting out the warp threads, following the sleying pattern, then losing myself in the beat of the weft. It’s glorious. So very glad to have found my artistic tribe. <3

  3. Anonymous at 8:33 am July 19, 2018

    Oh boy, if I had a dollar for every time I was doing a weaving demo and someone said, “That looks like it’d be really tedious”. Yes folks, I want to spend money and hours of my time voluntarily doing something tedious! They also want to know why I do something like that when I could go to Walmart and get whatever item it is I’m working on cheaper. Funny how they never say things like that to the quilters or woodcarvers or painters. I like puzzles (but then I’ve had people tell me those are tedious as well), figuring out how things fit together. I like taking yarn, a loom, an idea and fitting them together to make something that didn’t exist before. It’s amazing, and a connection with the past that might be lost if we hand weavers don’t keep at it. I guess as long as we understand that’s what matters.

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