Creating Again: Finally

Pieces on Blue Runner
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I haven’t created anything since before my trip to Japan in May. In June I had a knee replacement-so finally, I got into my studio yesterday to play around. I’ve been wanting to use scraps of my sheer fabric, but not sure what I would do. I played around, wanting to show how transparent the pieces are. I pinned them up on my wall where my blue table runner was hanging to see what my composition was like. It really looked good on the runner, so I sewed the pieces in place with a few tiny stitches. I had to use the thread I wove them with because sewing thread was too heavy.

I have loved this runner for a long time-finally it can be shown. (It did win a competition many years ago and was in an international show.)

It’s woven with two linen warps used together as one in a dense, warp faced twill. I ironed it very flat using a rolling pin on a breadboard when it was damp from the washing machine. This took me a while as, for some reason, it felt a lot wetter than what my clothes usually feel when I get them out of the dryer. I don’t know a lot about washing machines, but I hoped that this wasn’t a sign of it breaking because I hadn’t taken my friend’s advice when she told me about getting a home warranty plan with a site like and I didn’t want my decision to fall back on me. Thankfully, it didn’t take me too much longer to iron it flat, and yes, I am definitely thinking about getting a home warranty plan because I don’t want to give myself such a scare ever again. I think you can see the flattened threads when you click to enlarge. I was inspired by Lia Cook’s flattened textiles she made years ago. I think I made this in 1982. (Yikes! That’s over 30 years ago!) It was to be for my mother-in-law but I knew she wouldn’t appreciate it so I never gave it to her!

8 thoughts on “Creating Again: Finally”

  1. That is simply beautiful! I am new to weaving and only have a knitter’s loom… I will never achieve your degree of skill and don’t even plan to try, but there’s a lot of joy just in the simple weaving of natural yarns into a crude piece of fabric that has its own sort of rough beauty. Thank you for your inspiring blog!

  2. I have enjoyed your trip to Japan… thank you for sharing your experience with us.
    My best regards for your surgical recovery! Would you have any advise for another weaver waiting for a knee replacement? Knees are trickier than hips I hear and I have already done a hip.
    I’m soldiering on till my date is announced…. slower, but still weaving!
    All the best, Susan

    • I think get the knee done as soon as you can–if you are old enough. Otherwise, the doctors all said to wait as long as possible. I am 72 so decided to do it before the whole knee deteriorated. I only needed a partial replacement as a result.

      • Thank you Peggy..
        Half my knee is gone already and apparently they will do a full replacement due to my arthritis lupus. I think its best to get it done before it gets too painful. I’m 57 and had my hip done at 45. Yes, too young for all this but I drew the short straw for bad arthritis in my family…

        Regards, Susan

  3. I am new to weaving as well. 🙂 How do you do a double warp? That is intriguing. It is such a beautiful piece. You mother-in -law really missed out on this one. 🙂

    Thanks so much for writing your books. You have taught me how to weave and made it so exciting. I just love the illustrations and can really follow the process! You are sooo talented. Thank you for your gift to all of us new want-to-be weavers.

    • I like to be the one to teach a person about double weave. It’s in my book, Weaving for Beginners. Perhaps you already have it. I made it for beginners and included things you will run into as you progress. It’s available on the website. It’s my favorite techniques–actually there are many techniques associated with the concept. See my Ruffles, for instance.

    • Check out my book, Weaving for Beginners. It’s my favorite weave lately. I love to be the one to introduce the technique.


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