I’ve just finished reading an interesting post on the Argoknot Blog which has got me thinking about life and my weaving.
Weaving is something that I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember, well almost! I remember vividly the day my sister came home from school with a small piece of hand weaving she had done and remember wanting to go to that same school so that I could learn to weave. I must have been about 8 years old, maybe even younger, I know we left that house the Christmas afte my 8th birthday and that Christmas I got a small rigid heddle loom as a present.
I seem to have been weaving eversince and can’t imagine what my life would be like without it.
In the post on the Argoknot Blog Karl Paulnack talks about how the Greeks understood the meaning of music:
“The first people to understand how music really works were the ancient Greeks. And this is going to fascinate you: the Greeks said that music and astronomy were two sides of the same coin. Astronomy was seen as the study of relationships between observable, permanent, external objects, and music was seen as the study of relationships between invisible, internal, hidden objects. Music has a way of finding the big, invisible moving pieces inside our hearts and souls and helping us figure out the position of things inside us.”
Well that’s how I feel about weaving. It’s been the one constant in my life that has glued it together. The one constant that has helped in major times of trouble. It keeps me going when life is tough, calms me when I’m stressed, gives me purpose when I’ve lost the way.
So how can weaving be like music, well all I can say is that it has a rhythm, just like music and the better the weaver you become, the more the rhythm is aparent. There’s a rhythm t0 the threading of each pattern, a rhythm to the treadling, whether you’ve got 6 treadles to press with your feet or one that drives a computer, a rhythm to throwing your shuttle and beating the weft into position.
I know of number of musicians who are weavers, so there must be something in this, maybe they will be able to answer that better than me, a meer music lover who can play the descant recorder and used to be able to play the piano, but it was the weaving that came first for me, not the music!