In rereading my journals for Very Grateful, I noted that I often wrote about my desire to take up a craft. I tried painting and multi-media art but neither interest nor talent was there. I was successful with the few quilts I made, but I didn’t stick with it. Why? I think it had to do with the lack of simplicity I felt about the materials, workspace, and time commitment involved. To quilt one needs myriad accessories and fabric, fabric, fabric; to quilt one needs a permanent workspace (a room); to quilt one needs extended periods of time. It is that last need, extended periods of time, that I lack. Oh, I have the time, but I don’t want to take it. I want to be able to carry my craft with me, to work for a short amount of time, and then to stash it away.
I can do just that with my 3.5 pound ridge heddle loom, which even came with a handy carrying bag. This afternoon I sat outside and wove for forty-five minutes. Then I put it out of sight and the house was immediately tidy—well kind of.
That’s my simple weaving life right now. Even if I rent loom space at A Place to Weave, my house will stay tidy—that is unless I complicate everything and find my dining room taken over by a 4, 8, or 16 harness loom! I don’t think that will happen!!