Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Best Laid Plans

Yes, today is my First Blogiversary and I planned (only in my mind) to roll out my new improved blog. I do have several new ideas to implement, but they will come in dribs and drabs instead of a big splash. Weaving in general is about structure, and my goal is to add a little structure to Weaving Spirit.

Tomorrow I leave to teach a 3-day workshop on Whidbey Island on Turned Weft Ikat. As I was putting together my show and tell, I unearthed the hanging pictured above. My mother had it hanging in her home for about 20 years and then relegated it to the closet. I came upon it last year when I was helping her clean out said closet. I wove it in 1962 while I was a student at RISD. The assignment was, of course, ikat. My fascination with circles was evident. I easily spent 100 hours tying and untying half inch segments of warp. It was most painful, and I was never pleased with the results. I sure learned a lot though. One of the things I learned is that I didn't ever want to do this process again.

Of course, one should never say never. The memory of those 100 hours was burned into my consciousness, however, and when I returned to ikat in the mid 70's, I had figured out an easier way.

Thank You
I will take a moment here to thank all the people who have visited my blog this past year and the many people brave enough to make a comment. Blogging has brought me more satisfaction than I could have ever imagined. My special thanks to Sara Lamb for mentioning me in her blog in the winter of '06. It was this mention that sent me to her blog (my first blog experience) and the rest is history. I look forward to another year of blogging: the ever widening spiral of creativity .

8 comments:

Sara said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I hate that tying groups of threads thing too, I avoid it with painted warps. But I have never even tried circles, I am not that patient :)

All the best,
Sara

Peg in South Carolina said...

Congratulations! I very much enjoy your blog. And Sara had an essay in her blog about why weavers should blog. That was one of the things that convinced me to start one. And like you, I have unexpectedly found blogging to give me great satisfaction.

Laritza said...

Congratulations! One year! All your posts are inspiring and instructive. Wishing you many more years of happy blogging.

Christine said...

Happy Blogiversary! I can't wait to see what the new year will bring.

Leigh said...

Happy Blogiversary Bonnie! Congratulations on your first year. You have a great blog and I love to come visit.

Valerie said...

Thank YOU for the inspiration I've received from your blog! Because of you and Twyla Tharp (that should set you wondering!) I've been showing up at the loom for short segments each day for the past week. I hadn't sat at the looms in months because there wasn't time to weave a whole yard.

*I'm reading and applying this

Cynthia said...

Happy Anniversary a little late. I have really enjoyed reading your blog this past year and look forward to what's to come.

Meg in Nelson said...

Happy birthday, Bonnie's Blog!