For the love of yarn!
I love creating something from nothing. Using my very own hands to create something that is unique to me by me. It's an exceptionally satisfying process.
I've had to learn how to spin natural fibers into yarn using a top whorl spindle. It's a very soothing and meditative process. I could sit for hours just spinning piles and piles of lovely, soft clouds of wool into a yarn that I can then use on my loom.
I've also learned how to create my own loom using a recycled frame from one of my old canvases. Simply rip off the canvas, and hammer in some nails, and voila, instant frame loom.
So you can see, from start to finish, you can create something that is truly unique, and made by you from scratch. The process is just so damn satisfying. It truly fascinates me.
What captivates me even more is that I'm learning processes that have been used since the beginning of time. Ancient, trusty and true techniques, but creating things that are new and modern. How about that for alluring.
I find going into a wool store is just as exciting as walking into an art store. Full of colour, and texture, and possibility... so much possibility it makes your head spin. My favorites in Toronto are bar none, Romney Wool, and Lettuce Knit. If you can't find it here, you won't find it anywhere.
I've currently rented a schacht rigid heddle loom to experiment on, and to see if it's a loom I'd like to purchase. More on this on my next blog post.