What’s your New Year Weaving Resolution?
We here at Mirrix Looms want to wish you the happiest New Year! New Year beginnings always remind us to slow down, re-think where we have been and certainly show us where we are headed. It is also a time to focus on change … What do we want to leave behind and what do we want to take into the new year with us?
My 2017 resolution or wish is to spend even more time at my Tapestry Looms. I am passionate about my weaving life! I know that I do not stand alone in that feeling; I know it because you are here reading this Mirrix Blog! I don’t want to just whip something out, hurry and get it woven … I want to spend quality time at the loom understanding this amazing weaving process even more and become more confident in my designing abilities. I think that is what brought me back to Tapestry, it is an art that requires quiet, patience and understanding of fibers and design. It teaches us to be still, to ask “what if???” and slow us down. I believe that is the magic of the Tapestry Weaving process. I have watched the video “A Weaverly Path” by Sylvia Heyden many times recently and one quote she states that has stuck with me is “Tapestry is a process, every weaver has to do the work ~ it takes a whole lifetime.” My goodness that sums up how I feel so perfectly, it was as if she was speaking directly to me!
(Here is was just playing with a linen warp, and using some of my own handspuns!) I wanted to see how my own yarns would work in tapestry, sometimes we just need to play!
I was grateful for 2016 because it brought me back to my Tapestry Weaving in a very big way! I took lots of classes, both online and in an actual class workshop. In all my learning experiences, I found that Mirrix Looms were well represented! I wove outside of my “comfort zone” and my weaving brought me to many new friendships, both here at Mirrix Looms and at ATA … The American Tapestry Alliance. Claudia and Elena are passionate about teaching the world to weave, they provide excellent weaving products and resources for the beginning and experienced weaver. I am so proud to a part of their team this year! I was even able to participate in a few of their weaving challenges! (Of course … The Eccentric Weave Eyeglass Case was my favorite project … since my day job is an Optician!
I must say there is quite a weaving network out there for Tapestry Weavers! Just look at Social Media … Tapestry Weaving is well represented on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. How I love seeing what other weavers are working on and their finished products! I am inspired daily by the talents and weaving motivation that is out there!
So I ask you at the beginning of this brand new year … when you were jotting down your dreams, your wishes and your personal goals, did you include anything about your Tapestry Weaving? If you did, we would love to hear about them, for we all learn from each other. Will you take a new class this year? Travel to a workshop somewhere this year? What do you want to create? Will you try something totally new this year? Begin a weaving blog of your accomplishments? Find a weaving pen pal? Buy a new loom or accessory? Share weaving with a friend who wants to learn? I encourage you to set at least one weaving resolution this year and stick with it! Look for opportunities to grow in your weaving life, you won’t be disappointed!
May your new year be filled with creativity, fun times, learning and lots and lots of weaving!