Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Weaving resolutions

Hello, friends. It is hard to believe that 2013 is almost at an end. While working at the loom this week, I found myself thinking ahead to next year and pondering some of the things I'd like to learn and to do.

But first, here's a photo. I'm working on some bespoke table napkins this week. There is a huck lace border on each end and a lot of tabby weaving (hence the pondering mentioned above):

Mercerized cotton table napkins (10/2 cotton) with huck lace borders

Have any of my weaving friends completed the Handweaver's Guild of America "Certificate of Excellence" program? I'm really thinking about attempting this in 2014. I think that I could learn a lot by having a "weaving syllabus" and would be interested in having my work evaluated. From what I have read so far, it is not a casual undertaking. I became a member of HGA this week (step 1) and will order the course materials soon (step 2). Then we will see. I'll keep ya' posted.

As far as what I'd like to learn how to do in 2014 -- independent of the HGA certification process -- I'm itching to try needle felting and to learn diversified plain weave. I like the idea of adding color and design to my handwoven fabric and learning how to needle felt seems like a fun way to accomplish this. And the diversified plain weave bug has bitten me after reading an old issue of "Handwoven" magazine that featured a few projects using this technique. It looks very interesting.

So these are some "weaving resolutions" for 2014. Of course, it would be lovely to train for another half-marathon and to build a cold frame for the garden and to grow fingerling potatoes and to read a few more Dickens novels. I think I'll concentrate on the needle felting and the potatoes - just for starters.

What are your plans for 2014? Weaving or otherwise? Do tell!
Be well,


Emily McCumber said...

I'm going to study tapestry weaving in the new year! I'm very excited as the techniques are so different.

Nutfield Weaver said...

How fun is that, Emily?! Tapestry weaving sounds wonderful. I hope that you enjoy it! Be well, Kate K.

kathleen said...

I plan to try shibori weaving next year. When the weather is warmer I will put on an indigo pot and dye ,dye, dye.
Happy New Year .

Nutfield Weaver said...

Shibori! Lovely, Kathleen & thank you for sharing. There really is no end to the techniques and structures that we can explore as weavers. Isn't that great? Happy holidays! Kate

Rachel Berry said...

I would like to try tablet weaving next year and also try to weave the tablecloth for my kitchen table that has been in the pipeline for ages. Happy weaving in 2014!

Nutfield Weaver said...

Ooooh, pretty, Rachel. A tablecloth would be a wonderful project! And tablet weaving is something I know absolutely NOTHING about. There is always something new to learn. Happy New Year & thank you for popping in!