Mary and Anni disagree
It is unlikely that any sole opinion exclusively meets the needs of our craft. Some of our most noted weavers had disagreements.
In Weaver, Vol. 6 No. 3, Mary Atwater wrote, "The reasons for weaving are as various as the needs, gratifications and abilities of the weavers, but I believe they boil down to this: essentially we weave because we like to do it …" Mary wrote this in response to a statement in an article called Handweaving Today by Anni Albers in the magazine Weaver. Mary objected to Anni's reasons for "handweaving today" that included sampling in preparation for automated weaving.
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