I’m having a quiet day. I need it. I’m sitting spinning and writing blog posts in my head. I do that a lot! Trouble is i forget them later… So…
Why do i need a quiet day I hear you ask?
Yesterday Lovely Husband took me up to Clevedon to pick up the loom accessories I had ordered from the Spinning Weal shop. We thought the motorway would be ok but what should have taken an hour took two due to congestion and it was similar on the return trip. I was ready and prepared to don my headphones when I entered the store but it was so quiet (being lunch time) that I didn’t. I was fine chatting with David about yarn and guilds until suddenly there was chatter behind me as I stood at the check out. I was concentrating on paying and putting my card away and couldn’t get my headphones out. I really wanted to ask them if they would please stop chattering until my transaction had finished, but you can’t do that, can you?! It wasn’t just that though, it was mostly the lengthy journey, the stop starting etc , it messes with my sensory processing. I arrived home overwhelmed and desperately needing quiet and calm, which i got. Went to bed very tired and aware that my anxiety levels were high. But I’m unable to judge how high. I had one hour of sleep. So today is a quiet day. I’m content spinning.
This is rather a bright orange that I’m plying. I shall over dye most of it to tone it down.
I find it’s pointless worrying about not sleeping so i keep my mind busy usually by reading. Last night I searched and read blogs. That’s how I come to reblog Jasper’s blog post. I find it hard to articulate how I feel or what I think if it’s about myself. I’ve read so many wonderfully written blog posts in the last week or so about other’s experience on the autism spectrum or about someone’s life with sensory processing disorder that have touched me and I’ve thought, yes, that’s my experience too, that I am going to reblog these posts I find. Hey, it will be yet another collection! I love collections 😃
Here’s my hanks of handspun yarn hanging from the beam above my head left to finish drying.
Thanks for dropping by xx
Gosh, two posts in one day!
This afternoon I set the loom up using Stylecraft Special DK in plum and Stylcraft Alpaca DK in orchid. The orchid colour is a lavender pinky colour that doesn’t show up too clearly in the image above. I’ve missed warp spaces evenly across the reed and matching that by inserting spaces in the weft. I’m hoping the weave will loosen up in the spaces when it’s taken off the loom. All going well I maybe able to show you tomorrow.
I called David, co-owner of the Spinning Weal shop in Clevedon who supplied my loom, asking if he can supply a second heddle kit and two reeds… yes, I’m to collect them next week. It will mean I can do more than tabby weaving.
Bye for now xx
My old tablet broke down suddenly so I’ve lost some stuff unfortunately. Thankfully Lovely Husband has bought me this shiny, new to me, reconditioned device. To celebrate I’m having a sit down moment while I let you lovely people know 🙂
Thank you to my new followers for following me 🙂 I don’t feel so alone on this bloggy journey now!
I mentioned a fibre fest…
I’ve had a frozen shoulder and as it slowly thaws I’m able to return to pursuits like spinning and weaving. There is fibre everywhere as I cannot spin and weave fast enough as I make up for lost time. I want to post some pictures but when I opened WordPress on this new device it said it had a new editor so I clicked on it and now I don’t know how to get back to the old one. I think it’s called Aztec. Apparently it’s not fully set up yet… oops. Tech stuff sends my stress levels through the stratosphere. So… I’ll try and sort things out and maybe another picture post will appear soon…hopefully 🙂
Here’s a couple of images. It’s taken me a while to discover how to upload them. And the save button has disappeared… ???
The yarn was spun on my trusty old Pipi Wendy which I have had for nearly 40 years. I’ve only had my 32″ Ashford rigid heddle loom for a year but I wouldn’t do without it now.
Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again soon xxxx
I’m currently reframing my art practice.
As I see it, before my diagnosis I was trying to be the person everyone else wanted me to be so if I wasn’t being my true self then it appears that my theoretical framework and indeed my art were also an effort to please.
So here I am now, five years post diagnosis, enjoying textiles and the odd bit of drawing wondering how to develop it further. The old rusty framework is still there but a new set of values and influences need to be darned in. As I can’t get out much most of my viewing of others work comes via books, the internet, and handling old textiles that I’ve collected. It’s the theoretical stuff I’m getting into at the moment.
I hadn’t thought much about the difficulties I was having until a friend said to me that I was experiencing disablement. I found a gem of a book, ‘Why are you pretending to be normal’ by Phil Friend and Dave Rees that is about the language we use. This is not an academic book, it’s not meant to be. It is a widely accessible for most readers. I’m in the process of taking what it suggests on board. In the meantime I’ve started to ponder how much the sensory impairments I have impact on my art/craft practice. I’m dipping into texts on phenomenology, postmodernism, poststructualism, feminism and disability theory…and it’s making sense!
It’s important to me to understand why I do what I do so these new developments are exciting.
Bye for now 🙂
This post was previously posted by me on my former blog earlier today.