Weaving While Watching the Royal Wedding
Luckily, I’m not on the list of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 600 closest friends and family, which means that rather than having to fly to London, put on nylons, and wear a hat on May 19th, I get to watch the royal wedding on television with the rest of the hopeless romantics. I plan to weave as the endless stream of dignitaries and celebrities makes its way into the chapel, and then I’ll finish projects during the actual ceremony.
I have a plaid scarf on my rigid-heddle loom and a thinner version of the Rainbow Shawl that was featured in Little Looms 2017 on my 8-shaft floor loom. On my 24-shaft loom, I’m just about to start weaving some twill and plain-weave towels for the Convergence towel exchange, based on some towels in the Winning Towels eBook. This all adds up to a lot of mindless shuttle throwing when you get right down to it, and unlike many weavers who consider weaving as “dessert,” for me, sometimes it’s more like doing the dishes after dessert. Perhaps there’s some pleasure in washing dishes and having a clean kitchen, but making the dinner is more fun.
Just as I often put on dance music when it’s time to clean the kitchen, when I weave, I often put on the television. It turns out that once you know the characters’ voices, most television is easy to follow without watching closely. That holds for most sitcoms, police dramas, and even some movies. It won’t work for the entire royal wedding, but I’m pretty sure it will work for the blah, blah, blah beforehand. Once things start to get interesting, such as the entrance of the flower girl and page boy (Princess Charlotte and Prince George), I’m going to switch to handstitching the hems on towels and twisting fringe on a scarf. That should get me through the ceremony.
Weaving and watching a royal wedding can go together, but you have to plan for it. Keep the weaving simple so you don’t have to concentrate on shuttle management or color changes and instead can glance up to see the Spice Girls make their way to their seats; and keep a backlog of finishing work for when the couple is saying “I do.”
I’m already over not being invited to the royal wedding because I have a plan, and frankly, I don’t look good in hats.
Featured Image: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, November 27, 2017: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images
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