At the beginning of the year most of my crafting time was taken up with preparing for the rigid heddle workshop. Which went well and had great feedback.
I attended the Rug Weaving workshop with Gerlinde Binning, which was fun and covered many kinds of weaving.
A high pressure cooker and copper tubing enabled me to distil lavender oil. then eucalyptus.
I gave myself rsi using the circular knitting machine to make possum pouches and charity beanies.
Some refashioning happened: a scarf added to a cardigan, old caftans turned into shorts and a top, a dress turned into a skirt.
A trip overseas cancelled. The first lockdown. A tea towel warp finished.
Lots and lots and lots of fabric strip preparation ready for weaving rag rugs
A shadow weave jacket project that failed, but also stitched doubleweave dishcloths that succeeded.
My last (maybe literally) book was published and the publicity shifted to live video.
So did socialising. I tried temari during the first Sweary Stitchers Zoom Sessions.
So did the 4-shaft certificate course. In many ways, it was better that way. With everything else cancelled I put my creative time into exploring the subjects we covered beyond the class requirements, really expanding my knowledge of lace and doubleweave in particular.
I finished the Country Rug:
And I wove the Little Fluffy Clouds fabric. The weaving yarns were culled. I bought an old 16 shaft table loom that I decided I would remake.
I bought a much newer 16 shaft Leclerc Voyageur loom, bring my loom count to double digits. The second lockdown started.
The pain in my thumb was diagnosed as de Quervain’s tenosynovitis and I had to wear a splint for six weeks.
I wove my first deflected doubleweave piece, using the warp I painted at one of Kay’s classes.
And I wove the Seta Soie Silk into twill fabric for a top.
Finally I was ready to warp up and weave two more flannelette rag rugs.
I sewed two pairs of pants, one from an old hemp sheet and the other from a tablecloth. The hemp one will be dyed.
I sold the Voyageur and Osbourne looms. Back to single digits!
The splint came off ready to do a Echo and Jin workshop.
I was also working out the draft for the Decoded Dishcloths.
The second lockdown slowly came to an end, mostly.
I did a Deflected Doubleweave as Collapse workshop.
Another stash cull, only this time the knitting yarns.
I finished the Decoded Dishcloths.
I began the year with the intention of it being all about weaving education, from my own to moving into teaching. While I was successful at expanding upon my own knowledge and experience, I eventually set aside ambitions of teaching on a regular basis. It wasn’t the pandemic, which would have only put things off or directed me to teaching online, but a handful of situations and comments that chipped way at my resolve and certainty. By the end of the year I concluded that if such things made me doubt myself so deeply, then I wasn’t cut out for it. I don’t need another source of stress in my life. I’ll stick to what I’m good at.