New Year, New Weaving

  Deflected Doubleweave Scarf
  Will this silk scarf be my first
project of 2014?  

The new year is in full swing, I have (most) of my holiday decorations put away, and I’ve lately started thinking about what I hope to accomplish in 2014. Normally I’m not one for new year’s resolutions; I’m far too easily distracted by each new discovery to stay focused on any one specific goal. For example, I’ve promised for the past five years that I’ll finally try my hand at sourdough, but then as I look up instructions for a starter, I get distracted by other recipes and instead bake ciabatta, bagels, and laffa.  


Still, there's something about the chilly calm of January that encourages introspection and musings on the future. This year I’ve decided to make my resolutions more general: I want to make more time for reading, I really should bake more, and I plan on dusting off shafts 5—8 to try out some new weave structures. So far, after nearly two years with my 8-shaft loom, I have woven exactly one project using all eight shafts, and thus far all my projects have been twill.


While there is so much to love about twill (The drape! The versatility! It’s easy to remember the treadling!), I think the time has come to branch out. In 2013 I wove thousands of diamonds, chevrons, and flowers—and quite honestly I'd be happy to spend 2014 weaving thousands more. Lately, though, I've been longing to try something new. Maybe it's all the projects that have arrived for the next issue of Handwoven, or perhaps it's all the Best of Handwoven eBooks I've read in the past few months, whatever the reason, I'm itching to take my weaving to the next level.


Maybe I’ll weave the deflected doubleweave scarf from the Best of Handwoven: Weaving with Silk eBook, or perhaps I’ll work on an overshot sampler so I can start designing some elegant curtains for my kitchen.


My stash is bursting at the seams thanks to my favorite yarn shop’s after Christmas sale, I’ve made a list of general “things to weave,” and I’ve marked about ten different drafts in A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns. In fact, I’ve been dreaming of weaving some pinwheel napkins to match my china. Maybe I’ll start designing some this weekend. Then again, I could also use a scarf that will match my new coat.  


Whatever I end up weaving, I know just sitting at my loom will make me happy. I can’t think of a better way to start off the new year. 

 

Christina Garton

 

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