Friday, January 31, 2014

My anthem for 2014



To be humble to be kind,
It is a giving of the peace in your mind,
To a stranger to a friend,
To give in such a way that has no end,
We are love, we are one,
we are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are peace, we are war,
we are how we treat each other, and nothing more.


To be bold, to be brave,
It is a thinking that the heart can still be saved,
And the darkness can come quick,
And the danger's in the anger and the holding on to it.
We are love, we are one,
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are peace, we are war,
We are how we treat each other, and nothing more.

And tell me what is that you’ll see
A world that’s full of endless possibilities,
And heroes don’t look like they used to,
They look like you do,
We are love, we are one,
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are peace, we are war,
We are how we treat each other, and nothing more.
We are how we treat each other , nothing more.
We are how we treat each other.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

I have to start somewhere....

The first post of 2014.....where to begin?

The weaving has begun with a simple warp on the workshop loom in preparation for a workshop next week with JoAnn Bachelder.  The link is to the guild registration page.  Although the registration deadline was Dec. 15, I bet you could get in if you contact them.
It's a three shaft weave workshop.   I chose brown and white as my contrasting colors...not very interesting, hence no photo's.

Since my last post, I had a birthday.  One of my gifts was Inge Dam's book:
She is an amazing weaver and now I would also say author.  The book not only shows her beautiful fabrics, but clear illustrations on how to do what she does, along with tips and tricks for success.  I am smitten.

Another book for the new year is Textiles: The Whole Story by Beverly Gordon.
I have long enjoyed Beverly Gordon's earlier book Shaker Textile Arts.  This title is much more dense in covering the history of textiles over many cultures.  It's a perfect book for curling up with during the arctic vortex we've been experiencing over the past week....if you are a textile junkie.  It's due to come out in paperback soon.  I hope they don't thrift on the photographs and illustrations in the new version.

And the last textile book is Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World by Giorgio Riello (I gave you the Amazon link so you can go do the "look inside" thing.):
The author takes an academic look at cotton and the role it has played in global history and economics beginning with the cultivation of cotton in India in the year 1000 AD.  It's a book that causes me to respect those cones of 8/2 cotton and the bag of Tubular Spectrum yarn from the Lunatic fringe in the cupboard, and the jeans that I am inevitably wearing while reading this book.  We keep seeing news reports of how environmentally unfriendly cotton is......Let's hope that new practices will keep us weavers in cotton for many years to come.

And the last title I've acquired is a bittersweet one for me.  It wasn't a birthday gift, but something I just bought for myself:
This is the first chapter book I ever owned.  It  is the same edition I was given by my oldest brother(13 years older than me).  I think he purchased it while on a trip to visit Miami University where he had a scholarship to play for the Hurricanes way back in the late 1950's.  He passed away on Jan. 2 after a valiant struggle with COPD.

There are others in my family who have a great resentment of my early and continuing love for books, but not Dale.  I have benefited greatly from his encouragement and pride in my accomplishments.  He was a character...and a hero...and we all miss him terribly.