I've started playing again and that's a healthy sign, I think. I spent October doing very little, a few sketches (I love sketching my cats), peaceful walks along country roads and quite a lot of reading. But it was only yesterday that I actually sat down to begin a project.
I had been meaning to make a simple, tiny loom for a long time. About a week ago, during one of my walks, I came upon this piece of wood that was just laying there, beside the road, waiting for me to pick it up. So I did.
I thought I could make a series of woven pendants and maybe a few tiny pouches. I can't be very specific, because my ideas usually take on life after I start working on them. The actual size of the weaving surface here is 10 x 15 cms (4 x 6 inches). As you can see, I hammered small nails in the wood, 0.5 cms apart.
Then I wound a length of crochet thread around the nails, going up and down and finally tying both ends to the lower edge nails.
I got carried away a bit taking pictures, because I was so happy with my makeshift loom! At the beginning I thought the piece of wood was much longer than necessary but when I started weaving I realised the extra length makes it easier to hold.
And then I started weaving, using a long embroidery needle as a shuttle. I even improvised a heddle of sorts with a stick I'd used to stir a pot of white acrylic.
Et voilà! My first finished pendant. It will hang from a strip of white leather, as you can see here. There are still a couple of problems to solve and I really have no idea how to go about it, since I've never tried jewellery before. At least not since my school craft days. I'd like to fasten the loops to the leather cord somehow, to hold the pendant in place and I still haven't figured out how to do that. Any ideas?
I am also wondering wether I should add some weight to the lower part of the pendant, so it will lay flat on the chest. Should I, really? And what kind of weight?
The long threads jotting out on all sides seemed fun, I still like them but they can be trimmed off easily. I'll sleep on it and see what happens.
This silly little pendant was just a first experiment. I'll make more, try different threads and colours, I think I'll even try weaving with silk ribbons and who knows what else may come up in the process.
I'm having fun again, a simple, naïve kind of fun and the longer the distance from this past terrible summer, the better I feel. Picking up strength. It's just as well, because this year's Art Market will open on 6 December and there's a lot to do.