Back in April my weaving teacher started me on a small table loom, and over the past few weeks I've completed two pieces. These tiny sample pieces measure just 5" x 7", but each took me about 3 hours to weave. I have a newfound respect for Navajo rugs like this one:
Just looking at it boggles my mind. I'm only in the very beginning stages of learning how this type of weaving is done, but I've absorbed enough to know how much patience and skill goes into hand weaving a rug of this type. Similar style rugs sold in the stores these days are not hand done. Most are woven by a machine programmed by a computer. That doesn't make them less beautiful, in fact they are quite perfectly done, but it does mean that no one person spent weeks on end painstakingly warping the loom, weaving the thread through each row, and breaking their back while keeping track of a complicated pattern. But I digress.
Here are a few more shots of my first sampler being woven:
In the meantime I am planning my next project, a set of runners for our dining (and by dining I mean picnic) tables at the wedding. I found an old dish towel at the thrift store with a blue stripe border that is simple and lovely (see below), and I would like to reproduce the design on my runners. I'll use a white cotton yarn for the warp and include three simple stripes bordering each edge in a cornflower blue. The weft thread will also be white. Stay tuned for that project next!