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what’s next?

August 10, 2018

it’s hot and my brain is not fully functional

the last small bit of the rag warp

folded double and sewn into a pot holder/hot mat

it gave me the idea for the next warp

sometimes ideas are hard to come by

several years ago I wove dozens of these using up thrums

if you weave a lot the thrums tend to add up – in a tangled mess

what to do with them?

weave a few for the next studio tour

folded double and finished with handmade bias binding

that uses up fabric scraps too

using several threads together, they are a good thickness

and you don’t have to worry about the selvedges as they get covered

I’m always asking myself “what’s next?”

how do you decide what to weave/make next?

do you start with an idea, a colour, materials/yarns, a finished article(s) or a fantastic new pattern?

do you ever get stuck or do you have a list and never enough time to try it all

I often get out the books

and play with yarns and colours

write a rough plan on index cards

and start


7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2018 2:15 am

    My ‘what next’ varies between a custom order request, that requires something different from my usual (often then sends me off on a tangent!), a self imposed boundary created because I want to use only leftovers or reuse items, or I have a tool / technique I want to use, to a book I keep by the sofa, and sketch (badly!) ideas into, ready for when I have the time and inclination for some experiments. Love your textiles. Thanks.


    • August 12, 2018 8:09 am

      Dawn – thanks for replying with your ideas, it’s always helpful to know how others approach a “problem”. I too have a binder full of drawings, magazine pictures, yarns etc. some of them years old. I have also found it useful to list past projects, colour schemes, weaving patterns that were exceptional. It is always fun to rework them.


      • August 12, 2018 8:13 am

        yes. I often find that one project springboards into another!


      • August 12, 2018 10:58 am

        Dawn – it’s interesting that, although we work in very different materials and techniques, we find inspiration in similar ways.


  2. August 11, 2018 3:17 am

    I do keep a list but I haven’t been weaving nearly long enough to ever struggle with what to weave next. I doubt I’ll live long enough, as a late-start weaver, to get to that point!


    • August 11, 2018 8:03 am

      Kerry – you have woven a lot of beautiful work in a short time. No doubt there are great things in future years.


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