On the weekend I had the pleasure of joining the group, Renaissance Women, to learn a new craft to me, but one that has been mastered for years!
We spent the afternoon in Leola’s Studio at Whippletree Junction learning how to dry felt, wet felt, paint and paper weave, and how to weave a rag rug! Now I have to say, I’ve had time to reflect, and if I was to do the dry weave project again, I would approach it so differently. You should have seen some of the incredible creations of the others.
And if you ever thought wet weaving to create those felt balls was easy… well, can I just say, patience is a must in order to succeed! I have a more sophisticated respect for the art behind their creation now that I’ve given it a try.
Here’s my little wet weave ball…
Tell me you can see a red heart, not just a blob! And I thought I’d get 3 balls done. Who was I kidding?
The really cool thing Leola did was have each of us weave a section of the same rag rug as we tried our hand at working the loom. I love that this rug is symbolic of a group of women working together to learn crafts from the past in an effort to keep the art of them alive! I was very grateful to be a part of this, and that the DIYer in me was fed with learning something creative and old, but new
At the end of the day all our names were thrown into a draw for one lucky winner to receive this very rug! And the crazy thing I still can’t believe is somehow my name was pulled out of the hat! Not a rabbit, but my name!
I was blown away, super excited, and a little in shock.
Isn’t it hard to believe this rug was created by the hands of over a dozen women? 13 sets of creative hands working on one project. I love how cheerful it is, the colours and variations, the solo chevron stretching toward the middle… I think it speaks to the sharing, caring, cooperative nature of the group.
The rug had to be cut off the loom, and most of the ends still have to be knotted and trimmed. Leola patiently showed me how to knot off the ends, and now finishing the rest is up to me!
A special thank you to Leola for her patience and guidance while never losing her wit! To Heather, founding member of Duncan’s Renaissance Women for inviting me in, and to each woman in the group for making me feel welcome.
For a collection of photos from the afternoon, you will find an album on Renaissance Women’s FB page. You can even ‘Like’ the page if you like!
Thanks for stopping by!
Photographs by Sheila Zeller