Since I started #weaverwednesday a few short weeks ago, I’ve been thinking of all the weavers who have laid tracks for those of us who have stumbled upon the weavers way. I first met Sara Lamb when I was working on the SOAR staff back in the early aughts. She was the first one to show me how velvet was woven. It was one of those moments that makes your heart skip a beat. Plus, you have to love a weaver who has Lamb for a last name. (SOAR was Spin-Off’s now defunked autumn retreat, that has been partially reborn as Yarn Fest.)
Sara is widely known for her cut-pile work, her beautiful handspun, hand-dyed silk woven in simple structures, and her love of the bag. She has written for PLY, Piecework, Spin-Off, and Handwoven magazines and is the author of three books, Woven Treasures: One-of-a-Kind Bags with Folk-Weaving Techniques, Spin to Weave, and The Practical Spinners Guide: Silk; and the instructor in two video workshops Spinning Silk and Spin to Weave.
An early blogging pioneer, she embraced the practice as a way of increasing the amount of weaving knowledge in the world. She recently celebrated her tenth anniversary as a blogger with this post. I asked Sara if she would stop by the Yarnworker blog for Weaver Wednesday to answer a few questions about her weaving life, particularly her relatively recently found admiration for the rigid-heddle loom.
When did you discover the rigid-heddle loom?
Most of the techniques in the book are worked in front of the rigid-heddle where you are pulling on the threads a lot. Any tips for maintaining your tension and selvedges?
Where do you weave?
What’s on your loom now?
Any new publishing projects?