I am still obsessing over weavings. I made another much smaller, but also more complicated weaving: a coaster for my mug at work.
For those who don’t know me, I am a tea lover. I usually start my day with 2 cups of flavored black tea from one of my favorite local shops: Cherie Anne’s. Then, throughout my work day, I drink mug after mug of hot herbal tea. See the owl cookie jar in the picture above? It’s filled with tea bags. Since I don’t like water, this is the best way to make sure I drink enough each day.
I purposely made this coaster with darker colors so that drips of tea will be less noticeable. At first I wished I had used black for my warp yarn (the white yarn that I weaved the other colors through), but I’m starting to dig the little splash of white as well as the unplanned white fringe.
I stuck to the plan I mentioned in my last weaving post – I only used 2 colors, and I tried making a shape. As it turns out, making a shape was difficult! Although, I probably wouldn’t be making this claim if I had started with an actual plan.
True story: I dove into this with no plan other than “I want to make a shape!” I figured I would just do a diamond, but shortly after starting I decided to do a diagonal stripe instead. Once I got the hang of the stripe (after MANY un-weavings), I changed it to a zig-zag. I also wasted a lot of time (and patience) convinced that I could weave an entire row of 2 colors at once. Not true. I now accept that you weave your shape and then you fill in the other areas. That’s not the “easy” way (although it is easy), it’s the right way.
I’m very happy with my new coaster. I’m also happy that I now know how to weave shapes. I think I’m officially ready to tackle our powder room wall hanging! Now I just need to find the time…