The Student Inspires the Teacher
I planned to make this table runner
Handwoven magazine Jan/Feb 2014
for our Cherished Neighbor Liz
BUT I thought I’d better check
to see if she liked it first
SO I figured out a sneaky way
to work it into a conversation.
I casually showed her the picture
to get her opinion on the project,
BUT to my surprise, she said she would love
to learn to weave sometime,
SO I offered to give her lessons
(with the understanding that she would most likely
end up the subject of a blog post).
I went to the yarn store to get four more skeins
of the sari ribbon
BUT I just couldn’t choose
SO I bought eleven!
The pattern in the magazine used silk warp
BUT I thought that was too expensive
(after all, I had just spent a lot of money on the weft!)
SO I used black 10/2 cotton instead,
doubled in the warp for extra strength,
single for the weft so as not to overpower
the silk colors.
I wove mine first, to be sure everything would go smoothly
for the lesson. I used some of the more muted colors,
and it came out pretty well!
Liz came over for her lesson.
I thought I would have her weave just
a few inches of tabby,
and probably, like all new weavers,
she would have some trouble with tension and selvedges —
BUT she would soon get the hang of it,
and would want to pull that faulty part out
before going on to the “real” project
SO I started her off with some just scrap yarn —
5/2 yellow and then red cotton.
I had visions of dispensing lots of weaving wisdom
and calling her “grasshopper”
while she slowly achieved the basic skills.
BUT she got the hang of it very quickly, and
every shot looked consistent from the start!
SO I missed out on any opportunity
to utter pithy and sage proverbs.
It was time to advance into the main project —
one shot of thin cotton weft alternating with
one row of sari ribbon. I had thought she would choose
“safe” colors since this was her first project
BUT she went with jewel tones.
She didn’t want to unweave a single precious row
of the tabby section she had done in red,
SO she decided to continue the red thread
into the pick-and-pick section with the sari ribbon.
I secretly thought the red cotton
would be too thick and bright
to go well with the jewel-toned
BUT it was her project after all
SO I let her try it.
It was FABULOUS!
Poof! There went my dream of myself as the Wise Weaver.
I couldn’t believe that I had not even thought
to try such a colorful combination!
It looked so good just on the loom
that I had selfish thoughts about leaving it there forever
just to improve the looks of the loom.
BUT there is always another warp,
SO I summoned up my better self,
helped her finish it,
and even let her take it home. 🙂
After just a few more lessons
that little loom itself may follow her home,
and then I’ll have room for the big loom in the house!