Been reading through Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler and have been quite impressed–she covers a broad range of topics and gives exercises to illustrate each of them. One could easily spend a year studying out of this book, at the end of which one would have learned a great deal about weaving.
It’s clear to me that weaving is much like cooking–you can follow established recipes if you want to be safe, or you can strike out on your own. Learning to Weave is not unlike Cookwise in that it doesn’t just give you recipes, it explains what’s going on, food-chemistry-wise, so you can make your own adaptations. It’s fascinating.
I may warp up the loom and do one or two pattern exercises/samples before the yarns arrive (scheduled to come in on Friday)–haven’t decided yet–going down to Custom Handweavers today to look at their yarns and pick up a reed hook, maybe some back issues of Handwoven to read.
So today’s tasks include getting dowels for my warping board (I got it free from a friend but it’s missing the pegs), buying yarns/reed hook/whatever, going to an open studio art show being put on by a pair of friends, Lena’s going-away party, and getting a replacement marble slab for chocolate-making.
Whew! It’s going to be a busy day.
Tomorrow promises to be more relaxed, though–the only two items on the agenda are working a bit more on the book, and doing a long ride. I may warp up the loom, may not.