Today is my birthday, so it’s as good a time as ever to start this thing. To give you some background: I started kindergarten during the Eisenhower administration (who’s that, you say!), I live in Memphis, and I am a professional weaver and weaving instructor. First thought as I woke up this morning was trying to remember the name of a tune that kept playing in my head. I finally realized that it was Glenn Miller’s Moonlight Serenade. So it really is the beginning of the end. My husband’s first words to me today were “Well you’re still alive!” and I responded by telling him that I had to check today’s obituaries first to see if this was some kind of cruel hoax of an afterlife. Well, at least I’m not dependent on a laxative yet, and I have all but three of my original teeth.
So as a birthday gift to myself and to share with you, here is a slide show of my current weaving project — a bamboo kimono woven in an 8 harness shadow weave adapted from Marian Powell’s 1000 (+) Patterns in 4, 6 and 8 Harness Shadow Weaves. Warp and weft are Bambu 7 available from Woodland Woolworks. The kimono will be part of an exhibit scheduled for February 2009 at the Shainberg Gallery of the Memphis Jewish Community Center.
The kimono pattern is based on one in Anita Mayer’s book, Clothing from the Hands that Weave. At a later point in the weaving, I will weave a collar in a different pattern alongside the body of the kimono fabric. I will post the continuation of this project and some other projects I am working on. So please do check back. In the meantime, Happy Birthday to all of us who have made it this far!
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