Farmgirl School

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -Tolkien

The loom and its parts have been with me for years now but I could not make any sense of any of it until yesterday when I took my first weaving class. What a great day! I learned what a heddle and shuttle was and how my loom works. I made a pretty, southwestern wall hanging that I finished last night and hung from an interesting stick. I cannot wait to start the next project!

Doug thought it would be a good idea for me to learn a new skill that would take me through the winter and hopefully bypass those winter blues. The ladies of old spent their winters in front of the fire spinning, weaving, and creating clothes, bedspreads, quilts, towels, socks, shawls, and pants. Lots of work to do and those women started with the sheep themselves and ended with a wardrobe. From fleece to fabric. It all amazes me. I wonder if the folks two or three generations ago knew how sacred their many crafts and skills were and how lost they would become.

I have had two spinning wheels, carders, a drop spindle, and had sheep and alpacas- all for brief times. We would move, I would feel like I couldn’t get the skill down, and I would sell them. (Not the sheep, I didn’t want to give up the sheep!) We plan on getting sheep next spring. I plan on getting a spinning wheel. And I plan on making a beautiful garment from fleece, to washing, to natural dying, to spinning, to weaving.

Our local yarn store in the next town over (which my husband always jokes is aptly named, “Yarned and Dangerous”) offers classes and that is how I found Diane. She is a great teacher. She plans on taking spinning classes at the shop. I would like to as well. I love fiber arts and have always been fascinated. Find yourself a local place that does classes and learn a new skill! Not only does it feel great to learn something new, you can also help revive lost arts.

7 thoughts on “Learning to Weave

  1. Alphe says:

    That looks fun! I’d love to try some old-school crafts like weaving, kiln sculpting, bookbinding and so on, but they often require fancy equipment and my apartment is already way too full of crafting supplies.

    1. Farmgirl says:

      I know! I always want a smaller house (our house is pretty small already) but then I want more homesteading stuff! I would love to learn book binding. My favorite cookbook has fallen apart.

  2. Like many of the homesteading arts, making your own textiles is also ethically considerate. My husband and I were just explaining to our daughter how much of US clothing is manufactured overseas where cheap labor can be exploited. (She had asked where clothing ultimately comes from.) You can be proud of your handiwork in many ways.

    1. Farmgirl says:

      I was going to include that in my post ( not to mention the footprint) but opted to keep it simple. You are absolutely right!

  3. Weaving does look fun 🙂
    I’ve done it very small scale but found it very relaxing 🙂

    1. Farmgirl says:

      I found it wonderfully meditative and creative. I will try to start a piece tomorrow before I forget how!

      1. Good idea! That’s always the danger, is not getting back to something soon

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