Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Each Shining Hour


My mother has always wanted to learn to weave, and a couple of years ago she got a loom for Christmas. But she has never set it up, not (apparently) being the type of person who is going to learn to set up a loom from an instructional video.

Enter Eve.

Who has turned out to be a true powerhouse neighbor, with her exquisite taste in vintage buttons, willingness to come over and cheer me up with homemade Croatian bread, and boundless store of weaving experience.


Mom brought her loom here, and yesterday Eve showed her and Clara how to get started. Which *seems* to have little to do with weaving, and lots to do with some tricky calculations on paper, and then making a lot of bundles of thread. But then the fun begins, and you start putting the threads on the loom.


I can tell that this is not a skill that I have room in my brain for right now, but Clara is on fire, and Eve is going to loan her a small loom. And Mom is able to sit up in her back brace and make it happen. Improving each shining hour.

15 comments:

Linda said...

That is so wonderful! In the midst of all the difficulties, a new activity, a new blessing. God bless you and you all your family.

michelle said...

Please, oh, please share more photos from/of the loom. Weaving is something I've always wanted to try. =)

Mod Girl said...

Fascinating! And, a great way to help pass the time as she recovers. What a delightful skill for Clara to be exposed to and learning as well. Aren't powerhouse neighbor's wonderful? Mine gave my screaming, squirming toddler a much needed haircut earlier this week!

Tilly said...

My grandmother has a loom at her house and we've been making dish towels as long as our feet have been able to reach the pedals! I would suggest giving it a try once things are "up and running"...once you get the trick of it (which happens with surprising speed), it's *so* therapeutic!!

Candace said...

What a blessing to have such a neighbor. I am so glad that your mother has a creative and rewarding activity to occupy her during her recovery.

I love the picture of the hand beginning to feed the thread, such a warm picture.

Anonymous said...

blessed. praying for you so this was an encouragement to see : )

deb meyers

Gina said...

How great is that!! I'm so happy for your Mom and Clara, and you looking on at such a blessing.

Mrs. Darling said...

What a worthwhile thing to do. It will be such fun for them!

Julian said...

you never know what small miracle God will sent your way each day, that will end up to be a huge blessing.
Christina

Karen said...

You've always inspired me to "tackle" learning something new, Anna. I have no doubt that when things get back to normal for you all, that you'll give it a try. How great that your mother is doing well enough to work at this!
Continuing prayers for you and yours.

Anonymous said...

That is so exciting! I have always wanted a loom and to learn to weave- since I was a 10yo girl scout and saw someone else doing it. I second the request for more pictures and updates on the progress. Blessings to your family for the love you're extending to your mon & nanny(that's what we called my grandma too!)
Polly

Dove Knits said...

Weaving is so much fun! It seems really complicated the first couple of times you warp the loom, but it clicks pretty quickly. How wonderful that your mom has weaving and Eve to help her recover!

Maiden of the King said...

How wonderful that your mother and Clara can do this together! By the way, the pictures are just lovely -- the effect of the light is quite calming. Can't wait to see some finished projects from the loom!

Yours in Christ,
Shannon

AmeliaB said...

How wonderful! I've always wanted to learn too. :-) Happy Learning Clara and Anna's Mom. :-) What a wonderful neighbor!

Amelia

TNS said...

You said it well, "not a skill that I have room in my brain for right now." I have felt that but never gave words to it.

Very exciting for your Mother and Daughter, inspiring for us.

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