Echo and Iris weaving, with Joan Pont
From Joan –
I learned to weave when I was twelve. I had an extremely patient and wonderful neighbor, Irene Sherwin. I would walk down to her house and weave on her 8 harness Gilmore loom. I also made a thousand (by my inaccurate memory) hippy-type belts with card weaving during the 60’s. Then college, medical school, work and family occupied 24 of my 24 daily hours and I did not weave until 1996. Pam McCosker said, “Mill Valley Weaving and Yarn shop was closing because of retirement, swing by and get the loom and some yarn, because you told me you used to weave.”
Since Pam always had the best suggestions, I did what I was told and bought the loom, random leftover single skeins of yarn and the book, Warping All By Yourself, by Cay Garrett, because I did not have my mentor Irene by my side. The next day, I trundled off to work, with everything still in the back of my car. I met a new patient who was a master weaver and longtime TWG member, Yvonne Beller. Instead of asking her if she worked or was retired, I asked her a new question that I had never asked before (I am a slow learner). I asked, “What do you do for fun?”
She explained cautiously and slowly, as if speaking to someone with poor understanding of English, that she was a handweaver. I interrupted her immediately, “I just bought a loom yesterday and haven’t touched one in 24 years. She replied, “Then you must come to the Tamalpais Weavers Guild. We meet the third Monday of the month at 7 pm.” I showed up and restarted my weaving hobby then and there. I think if I hadn’t met Yvonne that day, the loom would still be in the back of my car to this day!
I alternate between trying something new with each project, and ironing out the details with a new technique. Full disclosure: I did not manage to get to the Echo and Iris workshop and so everything discussed at this workshop will be my struggling for understanding of this fun new world by book learning, Pinterest envy, and trial and error. Here we go!