My first weaving project that isn’t class related. I am making my first set of kitchen towels. They are made from unmercerized organic cotton using a “Waffle” weave pattern. Actually there will be four towels all threaded the same. The difference in texture will be in how the treadles are tied up. It’s all about which threads get lifted and in what order. Weaving isn’t just the back and forth of yarn that you are likely most accustomed to seeing. A good 80% is in the design, the warping process and then getting all those threads on the loom without turning it into a rat’s nest. These are just about ready to go. 493 threads all in their own individual heddles. This is such a fun hobby. I’m eager to keep going (Of course, tomorrow I’m going to be on the tractor mowing for 5 hours, so maybe I’ll get it all wound and tensioned). One thing for certain is that one does not rush the set up. It leads to mistakes, which leads to cussing, which leads to…..
Why are you making your own placemats, towels, kitchen towels, blankets and napkins? Why not just go to Bed Bath and Beyond? For the very same reason that we grow our own food, make our own soaps, butter, electricity, dry clothes on a line and live mostly off grid. It’s also why we have non-traditional means to cook. My question back: Why do you go to Walmart, the Supermarket, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond and make no attempt to be more self-sufficient?
My answer: We are not some baby birds in a Shitty nest waiting for the momma bird to come puke pre- chewed crap down our throats.
My son was my farm hand over the summer. After the projects were completed his final task was to make a fly over video with the drone. It shows the new fence, the new barn, the goats and donkeys as well as all the other critters. He leaves for college this week and dad is feeling melancholy. Somehow it feels very final. I get choked up every time I watch it. Be sure to watch past the credits to get the whole thing.