Stressing? Weave Your Stress Away!

Are the holidays stressing you out? Presents to buy, small talk to make, crowded stores, and well-meaning relatives demanding that you make some complicated recipe for the annual family get together because “it’s tradition”—it’s a lot to handle. And of course, the cat will not stay away from the tinsel. What is a person to do?

Have you tried weaving?

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“Silly humans. If they didn’t want me to eat the tinsel, why would they put it on the tree with all the cat toys?” Photo by Matthew Paul Argall

Now, I’m not a doctor; I’m just a simple editor who happens to have a baby who walks, so I know a few things about stress. When I feel overwhelmed by the holidays, I take to my loom and get lost in my weaving. My stress melts away, and it doesn’t matter that the baby pulled down the Christmas tree or that I promised to bake 3 dozen gingersnaps for my husband’s office—all that matters is the treadles at my feet and the swish of the beater.

Keep in mind, I’m not talking about weaving gifts for friends and family; I’m talking about weaving whatever you think sounds the most fun. Remember that cone of lime green cotton yarn you just had to have, even though it’s so much brighter than what you normally use? Or those perfectly soft skeins of cashmere you’ve been saving for just the right project? Now is the time to pull those off the studio shelf and put them to good use. Or maybe you don’t want to bother with the stress of planning a project from scratch—in that case, might I suggest a weaving kit? Get all the yarn you need as well as all the instructions to weave your stress away. From sweet little pin-loom angora goats to colorful 4-shaft Tintes Naturales towels, there really is something for everyone.

Next, choose your draft to fit the weaving experience you want. For example, you can go with some simple 4-shaft twill towels so you can listen to a podcast or audiobook as you go. You could also go in the other direction and try a shadow weave draft with long repeats that requires absolute concentration (and therefore no interruptions).

Again, I’m not a doctor, so I can’t give you a prescription, but I can give you permission. Permission to acknowledge that sometimes the holidays and all the expectations we put on ourselves can be stressful. Permission to say no to Cousin Dave when he asks you to please bake a buche de Noel that he saw on the Great British Baking Show because you’re such a good cook. I give you permission not to do all these things, and instead take to your loom, grab a shuttle, and start weaving something wonderful.

Happy Weaving!
Christina

Featured Image: Image Tintes Naturales towel: Stressed? Try weaving up some bright and beautiful towels in colors sure to make you smile


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