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another anniversary

September 28, 2019

an anniversary, CHEERS, a toast to blogland!

September, nine years ago, when I started this blog, I had no idea where it would take me

the things I would learn or the hundreds of pictures taken

I have become much more comfortable on the computer – the technical advances over 9 years are significant

what will another 9 years look like?

I very much doubt I’ll still be blogging

one of the greatest pleasures of blogging is the people you meet

shared ideas, fibre/textile stories

unfortunately, many/most of those people have fallen by the wayside

so many have moved to Facebook and other social media abandoning their blogging “friends’

I miss their comments

thank you to those who are still hanging in

and the blog platforms have made it difficult to leave comments – boo to them

but there are new friends and new comments

hugs and a big “thank you” to them

the summer has drifted away and I spent those warm days dyeing and weaving on the tapestry and backstrap looms

the floor loom has been neglected, it has never been so idle in the 40+ years I’ve been weaving

now it is time to get back to my old friend

finish the shifu weaving and get a new warp on the loom

I love to hear from you, it makes blogging worthwhile, so please say “hello”

20 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2019 1:25 am

    Happy blog anniversary!
    I’m still reading blogs and I really love reading yours. And I’m also trying to keep blogging but it’s getting hard. It seems that everybody is on fb and so on. I miss the good old times 😉


    • October 1, 2019 7:57 am

      Francoise – I too miss the good old days, Facebook isn’t appealing. I’m trying to keep up the blogging but it is difficult sometimes, it takes time and effort and as I get older the incentive isn’t always there. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to say “hello”.


  2. September 30, 2019 3:43 am

    Nine years! What a commitment!. I’m so glad you’re here–I remember that, when I first wanted to weave, you actually offered to try and teach me, long distance! That was so generous. And I have learned a lot from your posts, especially about curiosity and trying new things. Glad to hear you’re back to your floor loom, though–it missed you.


    • September 30, 2019 8:38 am

      Kerry – and I remember that you started weaving on an old loom you bought at a garage sale – you’ve come a long way weaving beautiful work. It is funny to look back at old blogs, I don’t even remember some of the weaving.


  3. Blandina permalink
    September 29, 2019 10:27 pm

    Hallo Jean! I might not comment but I read every post that you write. And congratulations for your tenacity in keeping the blog alive!


    • September 30, 2019 8:41 am

      Hi Blandina – wonderful to hear from you, hope you are well and have dozens of grandchildren. Time for a trip to Japan?


  4. September 29, 2019 3:40 pm

    happy anniversary, jean! i always read your posts through my reader account, so then i get lazy about posting comments because it requires a few more clicks to get to your actual site. i have gotten lazy blogging as well but learn SO MUCH from yours. i agree that it’s a different experience from the “instant” social media and i prefer the pace and thoughtfulness of blogging (which is hilarious to consider now, because at the time it seemed instant). i’m always amazed by how busy you are with all of your deep and varied interests. there are few people who really do the work, the research, the testing, and survive the failures to develop a true body of knowledge. i still carry around your shifu samples to my classes and your tea towels in my kitchen are my FAVORITE.


    • September 29, 2019 4:54 pm

      Aimee – really nice to hear from you, I know from your blog that you are incredibly busy, it makes me tired just reading about your travels and all the shows you participate in. The tech world is moving too fast for me and Facebook is definitely not my thing. I wonder how people are going to relate to one another in 10-20 years. Textiles have taught me more about the world, history, geography and people and their cultures than I ever learned in school. continuing to learn is what keeps me going. If it wasn’t for blogging we never would have met 🙂


  5. September 29, 2019 8:00 am

    Happy Blogiversary, dear Jean! I’m always happy to hear what you’ve accomplished. You’re so inspiring!


    • September 29, 2019 9:43 am

      Louisa – nice to hear from you, I was wondering if you were ok, you haven’t posted for awhile. Busy in the garden??


      • September 29, 2019 9:45 am

        We were away for nearly 3 weeks and still cleaning up and drying off! Hope to post about the trip very soon.


      • September 29, 2019 10:17 am

        Louisa – happy to hear all is well, hope you had a great time. 🙂


  6. vdbolyard permalink
    September 28, 2019 6:36 pm

    hello hello, and i have had so little time to be around the blogs lately, but i always try to peek in here. hugs to you jean!


    • September 28, 2019 11:01 pm

      Velma – hugs back, hope all is well. Don’t work too hard, take some time to smell the autumn air.


  7. September 28, 2019 1:37 pm

    Hello! Happy Anniversary…I would miss you if you disappeared!


  8. September 28, 2019 1:35 pm

    I do agree with you. Bloggers who first drew me to the idea of blogging myself have either ceased to write or have gone over to Instagram. I hope I will still have blogging friends when I pass your milestone, because I draw encouragement, honest criticism, appreciation, inspiration and warmth from them, and I need those voices in my life and my own work. Many happy returns of the blogging day; may your voice never be silent and your warp never be empty.


    • September 28, 2019 4:04 pm

      Kate – I agree, I too value the comments, they give me a window into the working thoughts of creative people. They inspire me and give me a reason to keep creating. I hope to keep sharing my thoughts – for as long as they keep coming! My extended holiday from the floor loom kind of scared me – I realized how much it gives me focus.

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      • tasewoolf permalink
        September 28, 2019 10:34 pm

        Happy anniversary!

        I too am sad at the decline of blogging. It’s wonderful to read and see someone’s thought process and progress, and often very inspiring.

        I do enjoy Instagram but it’s not the same; more of a snapshot. I wonder if in part it is because some have felt less inclined to share the detail as their art had become their livelihood, so sharing for free appears counterintuitive.


      • September 29, 2019 9:47 am

        Tase – I think it is just the change in social media options, people seem to be more interested in the quick and easy than in the exchange of ideas and personal contact. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment.


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