There is a saying that life is short, but the days and nights are long. How is it that we can feel like some days will never end, but in a blink of an eye we are rolling into a new season, a new year, a new decade? Time, and how we spend it, is an intricate web of perspectives. Dare I say it, just like weaving.
I spent most of last year embroiled in a study group with the Yarnworker patrons, diving deep into how structure works on the rigid-heddle loom. This was an invaluable exercise as I zero in on a first draft on a new guide on this subject. I simply would have written a terrible book without the persistence, curiosity, and encouragement of the Yarnworker Patreon community. They helped me refine my language, simplify concepts, and discover new ways of thinking, while trying to make a complicated subject of which I am by no means a master, as digestible as possible.
There is nothing new about these interlacements. There are endless new ways to apply and explain them and that is where the thrill is. All these structures exist as part of natural law and weavers before us have had the same joy of plucking them from the universe and making magic on their looms. Once you begin to see the underlying relationships between loom, yarn, and structure, you will wonder why you didn’t see them before. To get to that state takes some persistance—weave, repeat. This may not be your cup of tea, but most of us want the opportunity to at least see what all the fuss is about.
I want to thank the patrons for their patience during this particular study group. With another good three or four weeks of writing, I should have the guide ready to begin its journey to the tech editor, designer, copy editor, proofer, reviewers, and the like. If I’m very lucky it will be ready before Convergence. If not, I’ll be close and have moved on back to the weave-alongs.
In the meantime, I’ve been working on a new site where one password rules them all and anticipating the return of the weave-alongs. The patrons and I are ready for some palate cleansers. For the first part of the year, we will spend some time exploring a new space and tackling some one-heddle-and-a-stick projects, working up to clasped warp in more than one heddle. The latter will most likely be the first public weave-along of the year. I’m testing out these new patterns with my students at New Mexico Tech. I love this balance of in-person semester-long learning with online gatherings.
I also have some collaborations with Gist and Cotton Clouds in the works once I get past these big hurdles of the New Year.
As the doings of the world swirl around us, to have this thing called weaving to focus on is a gift. I hope 2024 has much in store for your loom. And, as I often say, if you can’t get to your loom as often as you would like, weaving in your head counts.