Weaving Practice

I have an oil painting on the easel, which I am letting dry so that I can do the next layer. I have an oil painting almost ready to be varnished and sent to its new home. So, I decided to dust off the ol’ loom and do a practice piece. What a nightmare. I wanted to use yarn that I didn’t really like and didn’t have any other use for, but I think that was a mistake. It made things very difficult. It is not good weaving yarn: weak, stretchy, and too fluffy, at least for me. So, even though I put on about 12 feet of warp, I cut it off well short of that, because I couldn’t take the fight with the yarn anymore. Of course, I understand that a small part of the fight was my lack of skill, but that yarn is yucky! LOL! It looks nice, though, and is soft.

I have about ten pounds, more or less, of cotton sliver (washed, combed, and carded cotton ready for spinning) that I have had for almost 25 years. I need to learn how to spin cotton on my wheel. When I bought it I also bought a drop spindle to spin it on. I did actually use the drop spindle for a little while, but it is a very slow process. When I spin, I want some significant yardage and quickly. Spinning cotton on the wheel is very different from spinning wool. Wool is easy. Well, I need to learn to do it, so I guess now is as good a time as any. Actually, 20 years ago is better. LOL!


“Creativity takes courage.”   – Henri Matisse

One thought on “Weaving Practice

  1. It looks real pretty I think. I admire your patience.

    I need your advice. I am thinking about doing a watercolor for each family member and so I am trying to copy an instagram post by Grace, our 18 year old granddaughter. See below. Is this possible? Wouldn’t have to be exact, just so she will recognize. What do you think about what I have done so far? Suggestions? Screenshot_20201022-134800.png

    On Mon, Oct 26, 2020, 4:09 PM exists to create art which reflects the beauty and the glory of God, to use art to comfort and encourage people, and to inspire others to pursue the arts. wrote:

    > virginiacmccoy posted: ” I have an oil painting on the easel, which I am > letting dry so that I can do the next layer. I have an oil painting almost > ready to be varnished and sent to its new home. So, I decided to dust off > the ol’ loom and do a practice piece. What a nightmare” >

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