Now I am finding myself as a beginner again, except with yarn. I seriously don't know what I'm doing! But I'm having a great time learning. I'm approaching this much like I did with clay. With clay, I took a class, then got some books and did a lot of reading, then just jumped in and started trying things. Now I'm doing that with weaving. Reading A LOT, trying a lot of things to see what works, what I like, what I don't like. I spent the weekend weaving quite a bit and trying different yarns and patterns.
I know, weavers, stop laughing at me now!
Gerry gave me this great pattern book for Christmas. Rather than do plain weave until I know what I'm doing, I went straight to the back of the book and found a "point threading over 8, 10 and 12; 2/2 twill" that looked pretty cool. This could be written in Russian as well and I would understand what it means about as much as I understand it in English, which is not at all. But I got my other book, Learning to Weave and at least figured out the pattern draft and the treadle tie up and what I was supposed to do, sort of. Anyway, it worked, I got a nice table runner out of it!
One of the other things I'm doing is experimenting with yarns to see what I like. I know I don't care so much for the $7.99 wool at Micheals. I know I DO like the more expensive hemp that I got today..... yum! It feels sooooo nice.
So far, I like hemp (big surprise, right?). I would like to grow hemp and spin it and weave it. Also, Cindy at Handstories blog sent me some photos of some very pretty yarn she is spinning and I want to try that as well. Lots of testing right now to se what fits. I put on a very long warp so I am just weaving whatever I have, making samplers. So much fun! I like the learning!