Sampler Surprise

The pictures in the book didn't excite me, the assignment didn't call to me, and I didn't like the look of the plain weave.

But I forced myself to keep working on my sampler, and I'm so glad that I did! Because I really like the basket weave! And it turns out, I even like black and white yarn in some patterns. :)

Next up, I'm supposed to repeat this with two colors in the weft. Then, finally, I repeat the whole sequence a couple more times, with a tighter sett and then a looser sett. I'm curious to see the impact of changing the sett.

When I was younger, if something didn't appeal to me, I would have just skipped it. Now however, I am smart enough to realize that maybe the author of the book - you know, the woman who has taught thousands of beginners how to weave in person and who has written the (apparently) definitive book on learning to weave - just maybe she knows what she is doing and it might be worth my while to follow her instructions... ;)

There are some advantages of age... :)

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Geodyne said...

I do love the look of this.

Perhaps sometimes we don't always know what's best for us!

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Peg in South Carolina said...

I just found your blog so I don't know what book you are using. But it does sound wonderful. You are learning a lot, including some advantages of maturity. By the way, I am a long time sewer, though, with children gone, and myself not really needing more clothes (grin!), I do less sewing. I had started weaving in part to weave yardage. I've done a bit, but am more interested in other things.

Geodyne said...

Gwen, I've left you a little surprise in my blog, here.

Leigh said...

I could so relate to this post! It's the times when I force myself to try something I'm not enthusiastic about, that I discover some real gems.

The exercises sound so useful. Knowledge based on experience is so much more long lasting than things we simple look up in a book.