I thought about titling this post "Waxing and waning" to show the periodicity of my blogging, but then realised that would be misrepresentative. The moon finishes its cycles in a month, whereas WordPress tells me I haven't blogged in well over a year. Hence the reference to another periodic celestial object. My last post but … Continue reading More like a comet
The whole of June was dry. In terms of rains in Mumbai as well as words from me on this blog. The rains have finally arrived here with a vengeance and I decided to come back and talk. My stash is in a garage, corrugated cardboard wrapped and clingfilmed. I spent one month working on … Continue reading Dry spell
...is how much I wove during my training at the Weavers' Service Centre. And this is how it looks. I haven't decided yet what I will do with it. My greatest learning was the tie-up and actual weaving on a floor loom. In the middle, I thought for sure I'd been cured of any desire … Continue reading 10 m in 30 days
Weaving training during the day. Work in the evenings and late night. Meeting and setting up meetings with old friends. Watching Mighty Raju: Rio Calling directed by one of those old friends. Concert by Malladi Brothers. Calluses on feet from treadling floor loom. Catching up on reading.
I finally got to weave at the centre, but I spent the best part of several days just sitting and watching while the oldest employee fiddled with the cords on the treadles and lamms that were being set into the frame of what had been a jacquard loom. I am very bad at sitting doing … Continue reading Real time and reality checks
This evening I met some of my oldest friends, at very short notice. The weather during the day here is hot, but in the evenings it turns cool and cloudy. We even had pre-monsoon showers a couple of days ago. I met my girl classmates at the weekend over a lunch so protracted it almost … Continue reading And friends
Actually I haven't done any weaving yet at the centre. Today I studied a book in Telugu that teaches theory. It's a very different feeling to be doing a craft that actually has terminology in my mother tongue. I copied down a glossary. Proof that weaving goes back a longer time than knitting or crochet … Continue reading Hands on
It is such a comfort to be able to talk in my own language to the people at the Weavers' Centre. Even though all my terminology comes from the Internet and is therefore in English, unlike my previous hobbies of knitting and crochet, there is a much stronger tradition of weaving in this part of … Continue reading Language
I visited the government's Weavers' Service Centre yesterday and hope to go for a two week or longer course, which they hold for a very affordable fee. This photo shows a stall the Centre had at the National Handloom Expo I went to in January. An ikat warp was being wound on the loom. I … Continue reading Weaving hopes
Some time ago I wove with some gifted yarn (yarn gifted to me, not that it was exceptionally talented :p) I was trying a new technique on my table loom (Ashford, 8H, 24") and found that the yarn was turning my loom pink. But I got a feel of the technique (overshot), and I turned … Continue reading A cushy life
I decided to see if having an app would make me blog better. In the past year or more I've become obsessed with weaving, helped along by some ennui in knitting and crochet, plus an odd sort of pain in my left forefinger, the one that tensions the yarn when I crochet. Which served as … Continue reading I, er, iOS.
In my last post but one I was talking about slippery slopes, wasn't I? And left you without explaining what I meant. I was referring to this stole I made. I had some balls of rayon that Jaishree gifted me, which were sources of amazement to me primarily because of the fact that they stayed … Continue reading And down she goes