There is a “We” in Weave

Although weaving is often a solitary activity one of the great joys of weaving for me is other weavers.  I feel so fortunate to have a avocation (bordering on a vocation) that offers both the deep satisfaction of intense, solitary focus and the lively, spirited back and forth that is inevitable when you put a group of similarly obsessed people together.Weaving & Spinning Week1

We had a very small, impromptu get-together this morning at a local cafe to celebrate Weaving and Spinning Week.  In the small group we had an eclectic mix of a multi-multi-shaft weaver,  an “obsessive” spinner (who routinely carries a multitude of drop spindles in her purse), a weaver who “confessed” to her tablet addiction (and I am not talking pills), a former director of a Fiber Arts Center, a weaver who simultaneously mourned her daughter’s departure for college while perking up at the thought of more space for looms and on and on.Weaving & Spinning Week2

It was mighty chilly, but all hands were kept warm with a variety of fiber chores. Spinning, twisting, weaving . . . And of course there was no chance for jaws to get cold between the tasty treats and the endless subjects for discussion.Weaving & Spinning Week3

In “solitary” weaving news, I finished the 20/2 wool dimity warp and sewed a repeat of the Marcy Tilton skirt.  I wore it to the conclave, and it kept me nice and warm.Dimity Skirt1

As you can see, the stripes have a seersucker-y effect because the weft weaves one block every pick and the other block every other pick.  This also effects the color, allowing the light stripe to not be too darkened by the dark weft, and the dark stripe to be intensified by the dark weft. I really love dimity.

As usual, the sewing is a little cludgy, but I love it anyway.

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The pockets are not lopsided – I am!

Beautiful hand-dyed silk scarf (sorry the pic isn’t bigger) by the Kangaroo Dyer. Thanks Gail.


  • October 11, 2013


    Lovelovelove the skirt, both fabric and pattern. As a baby weaver can you tell me more about it. And the pattern? I can’t sew but know folks who can…and congrats on being aspinnerated!

    • September 30, 2016

      Hello! I am very interested in exploring dimity. Would you send a pdf of the drafts (4H and 8H) to me? Thanks!

  • October 14, 2013

    Great garment. Isn’t it wonderful that we can weave contrasting fabric to add accents.

  • October 29, 2013

    Mikki Scott

    Hi Lisa,

    One of these days I”l rejoin the land of the living, esp., of the weavers. Busy with demands of getting my son into, and then off to, grad school, Scotland this past year, removed any time to participate in weaverly things so all the more reason to say “thank you” for your terrific web site. Its the next best thing to being there, and the graphics and discussions help me to stay in the mind set, eager to get back to planned projects. Anyway, kudos. Mikki