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.
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 .