“You see, when weaving a blanket, an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out” Martha Graham ~ Dancer / Choreographer
This photo above, was RUDE Girl’s inspiration to give weaving a go. I could make my own wooden loom but that takes time away from other things that I enjoy more. I therefore decided to start my over and under weaving journey , by making a RUDE cardboard loom. It measures 54 cm W x 115 cm L, which is the length of my studio table – photo below.
Whilst it may look very rude, it gave me great satisfaction crafting it to my specifications from a cardboard box. It did not take too long to make the loom. It cost zilch. And best of all, it reflects back at me what I am seeing in this blog post’s top photo. Something makeshift, something so simple, yet effective, and something that defies rampant consumerism and instant gratification.
I am not an avid knitter and have a large bag of wool to reuse. I am going to use some of it in creating my fabric. For what intended use? I am not sure yet. Actually, it’s just therapeutic being in the flow and not thinking too hard about what I am creating the fabric for. It’s simply wonderful to be engaging in this craft for the very first time.
RUDE Boy was a bit amazed when he realised what I had been talking about doing for the past few weeks. And that I had made my own loom from cardboard! Gosh, it’s nothing new to many, I know, but to him it was. He had never seen the likes of it. At the end of the day, just before we went to sleep, he praised my first-time weaving efforts, and resourceful loom making skills.
“Each person has his own safe place – running, painting, swimming, fishing, weaving, gardening. The activity itself is less important than the act of drawing on your own resources” Barbara Gordon ~ Author
Beat The Man and weave your own path through life!