As you know, my dear Spencer has taken on the loom. He is an experimenter–and happily so. When he learned to knit, as you might remember, he told me emphatically “I don’t do patterns.” And his first woven cloth is a testament to this practice. It’s funky, cool, and goes its own way.
I find his approach very inspirational, particularly because I am often tethered to my notes and charts 🙂 Plus, I have NO idea about weaving patterns–which look very much like musical scores to me. But, Spencer surprised me the other evening and asked: “hey honey, do you know where I can get a simple pattern for the loom just to get things started? You know, to figure out how to use the treadles as they are set up?”
Whoa! I was on it . . . but since I knew nothing, I was not much help. Luckily, my guild mates came to the rescue again! I was hanging with Beth, Debbie and the gang and threw out Spencer’s question to them.Beth promptly pulled out The Handweaver’s Pattern Dictionary and gave me a quick lesson I won’t soon forget!
Here are my notes (or weaving papers, as i like to call them), which were then transferred back to Spencer and now adorn our loom. Maybe someday, I’ll be able to put this all into words, but for now, a few sketches like these are making all of the difference. Oh, and I promptly threw some weaving books on my wishlist because wouldn’t you know it? Our local library doesn’t have much by way of instruction either.
Now, Spencer is patterning it up!