To start off the year 2013 what follows here is a lineup of photos from Peru of how we (Apolonia from Apulaya and I) proceeded when we started up my last weaving project about 10 days prior to my return to Canada.
It was a relaxing and yet very exciting time. I had spent the weekend putting extra twist into some of my naturally dyed yarns from Chinchero and I had played with my colour pencils, as well as thought about which of the patterns I had previously woven on narrow bands would be the ones to put together to attempt a wider piece of weaving.
Anais came to join us, she even gave me a hand for a few minutes rolling the balls of yarn back and forth. It is in her hands and mind, she has watched her grandmother prepare warps and weave so many times. She has not yet woven a band, but .... she will, sooooon!
The cross, so beautiful between the two sticks in the ground - the only back draw to making a warp like this is ... if you are not limber enough in your hips and legs you might get a bit sore and fidget a bit while you are working on getting it all together.
The sheep skins are lovely they keep the dampness and potential coolness off your butt and adds a bit of softness between your knees and Pachamama (Mother Earth) as you focus on the task at hand.
Fingers picking up/making string heddles - I was excited to be doing this particular piece because it was a wider warp and that meant incorporating a heddle stick = something which I hadn't worked with before and thus.... a new challenge.
One would have thought that looping a string around every other warp thread would be 'easy' - and well, it is easy, but ... never the less it is also easy to accidentally pick up the 'wrong' warp end or get them twisted or.... there is ample ground for learning experiences which need a little bit of correction and thus an insightful repetition of the action just performed.
And the birds were singing and the dog(s) came around to help out and lend a paw!
Then the actual weaving began, one pick at a time, slowly meticulously and with absolute concentration.
The first little bit has been done - a zigzag river pattern on each side of the star - and progress was slow - the trick is to memorize the pattern and so it flows effortlessly from your fingertips (a real Andean weaver does this) I am as ever thankful that I had pen and paper, not to mention the colour pencils, for those were/are tools of need for me still - perhaps one day I will be able to have it all in my 'internal confuser' on top of my shoulders.
Happy New Year!
Wishing everyone lots of exciting and successful projects of all kinds for 2013.