Does your Weaving take Priority?
I have returned to Tapestry Weaving a year and a half ago, after a very long stay away. Much to my regret, the time slipped away while I was busy weaving 8Harness weaves, teaching weaving and selling my handwoven scarves. I had dipped into other art forms, all of which took me away from my Tapestry Weaving Journey!
When I returned to this beautiful art form, I purchased my second Mirrix loom (The 22″ Zach) and stocked my library full of only Tapestry books. I realized so much of my time and money had been wasted. I was even re-purchasing Tapestry books I had owned twenty years previously and wanted in my weaving library again. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many new and wonderful books had come on to the market in regards to a new generation of Tapestry Weavers!
Whenever we do something creative, we definitely want to do it well, right? Placing our fingers in too many “creative pots” keeps us from concentrating and doing anything well. Since I have returned to my Tapestry looms, I have become totally absorbed in the process. Perhaps because I went away from this amazing art form, I have become super excited to return to the loom and spend time in Tapestry Weaving, and all that comes with it. Yarns and tools delight me, and my collection is slowing growing! Color and texture excite the weaver for sure.
I want my Tapestry weaving to take priority in my life. I admire so many talented Tapestry artists that I see who inspire me each and everyday. (I am envious of the amount of time they get to spend at their looms weaving each day!) With the gift of Social Media we are connected even closer. How fun it is to get to observe artists and their woven works on the loom. I personally want my weaving to become a lifestyle for me and it slowly is becoming that way. I look forward to spending time at my looms, sketching out cartoons for future Tapestries, I love planning out my next project, warping the loom (my favorite part of the weaving process) and spending hours and hours of quiet time watching my Tapestry grow and develop on the loom.
Tapestry weaving is a calming art. It teaches us to slow ourselves down, to listen to our inner voices and at times answers questions that are dwelling deep down inside. It is unlike any other weave form for sure. I know I am not alone in loving this art form; for there are many who love it as much as I do. Tapestry weaving has been handed down from generation to generation, how I love reading about Tapestry history. I also own a hundred year old Dryad Loom from Leicester, England and I always wonder who originally had my loom, what did she weave on it, what is the actual history of my precious studio friend. I wonder will I ever know?
I hope that your Tapestry weaving will be a priority in your life. Spend time at the loom and allow your woven cloth to speak to you. Enjoy the quietness of creating something, touching the fibers, designing a work of art. Connect with other Tapestry artists, however that is possible. I belong to the ATA (American Tapestry Alliance), because I wanted to connect with weavers around the country, learn about workshops, and be inspired by the works of this amazing organization. Mirrix looms supports ATA as well, we are all in this together!
For me personally, I am glad that I have come full circle and returned to my Tapestry weaving. I have learned to carve out weaving time in the studio, because it is important to me. Yes, for me, it is taking priority of my time. How about you? We would love to hear your comments, weaving stories and insights.
In closing … I looked up the meaning of Priority, the dictionary states: Something that is more important than other things and that needs to be done or dealt with first. The condition of being more important than something or someone.
Hmmmmmm … I think that states it quiet clearly, don’t you. Happy Weaving! If you have put it aside, I encourage you to return to your Tapestry Loom … the magic is waiting for you.
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