Sunday, October 12, 2008

Invention is the Mother of Necessity

Last December, I wove this commissioned shawl of bamboo and recycled cashmere. Dara, pictured above, insisted I make the shawl extra long 93"---so I did.

Dara came back to me some time later and told me the shawl was too long and would I mind cutting it. I said NO I would not cut it, but asked her to give back to me and I would figure out something. I remembered in the back of my mind having seen a picture of something called a Mobi-Q and discovered a kit for one at Cotton Clouds.
This unique Mobi-Q design (by Margo Carr of California) is a hybrid of a Q-shawl and a Mobius strip. Unlike most shawls, the Mobi-Q needs little attention to keep on the body!

I can't tell you how surprised I was to discover the shawl as woven was exactly the right length and width.

I am so thrilled with this "garment" (so much more than a shawl) I can't wait to make one for myself.

Sometimes one has to go backwards to go forward.

As I just commented on Meg's blog the answer to the question "For Whom Do I Weave".

I try to find that place within myself that interweaves with that place within the recipient of the cloth. For me, the cloth is the external expression of an internal process.


Peg in South Carolina said...

Beautiful! I can see why you now want to make one for yourself.

Leigh said...

How clever! That's my kind of shawl.

I like your answer to Meg's question. Quite a bit more philosophical than mine.

Meg said...

I just love the way you stand when you pause, Bonnie. Priceless.

Can you expand more on the "internal process" part, please? What do you mean? For example???


Cate Rose said...

Very cool, Bonnie. And good save!