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January 13, 2011

–the first question when I cut off a weaving is “what next?”

A dear friend, and Master Weaver, Anke Keizer-Bles, gave me the Finnish weaving book “Pellavasta Kudottua”. Of course it is all in Finnish and the drafts are written in a manner that is not familiar. It was given to Anke by her good friend Virginia Atherton. In the front is an inscription from Virginia–and a copy of her obituary–and an inscription from Anke to me.

A copy of “Shuttle Craft”, August-September 1958, came with the book. It has a review, in English, written by the American weaver Harriet Tidball.

Also, there  is a handwritten translation of some of the Finnish technical language, on several pages are notes written by both  Harriet and Anke and a beautiful sample, handwoven in linen by Anke.

I will remove the tape. It has left permanent marks on both the textile and the paper.

So–to carry on the tradition, I will weave a simple 4 harness plaited twill in linen. But first I worked it out on my software to be certain I understood the draft. Linen isn’t something I want to mess around with.

While I’m weaving I’ll think about who I might pass the book on to  and hopefully what they will add. I’ll be sure to add a sample.

May disappear for a couple of days while I wind the warp and dress the loom.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. erna vahrmeijer permalink
    November 6, 2011 10:29 am

    By chance I saw your website and read Anke’s name. In Holland she was my neighbour and we went to weaving course together ! I am very pleased to hear she was a good weaver !
    Will you please give her my dearest regards? I hope to hear from her .
    Kind regards, Erna Vahrmeijer


  2. Evelyn Oldroyd permalink
    January 19, 2011 9:12 am

    Hi Jean! I love old weaving books as well – they are difficult to decipher. I bought a loom from Anke years ago and received some beautiful linen from her as well. She does beautiful weavings. Thanks for visiting my blog 😉


    • January 19, 2011 10:22 am

      hi Evelyn–Anke isn’t weaving any more. We walk at Willows beach and go to guild together (she doesn’t drive now and her husband passed away last year) She is a very special person.


  3. arlene permalink
    January 13, 2011 10:27 pm

    What an honour. There is no other person more deserving to receive this weaving history book than you. Now that you have this book don’t forget about your life outside of the studio.


  4. January 13, 2011 5:57 pm

    What a treasure you have received. I look forward to seeing your plaited twill!


  5. January 13, 2011 3:53 pm

    and in time the treasure this book already is will multiply. beautiful, jean.


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