©2022 Michael Raven

seeking a unique skill
i am (sadly) still
a jack of all trades
master of none

I’m getting decent at weaving on a rigid heddle loom. Not great and I am by no means an expert, although I am still in the learning stages. I’m not sure I want to get into complex weave patterns, but I might develop an interest in those, eventually. Right now, I’m happy working on my basic technique over and over when it comes to the rigid heddle loom and not terribly interested in learning how to do tweeds or houndstooth patterns (for example). Those seem like high-maintenance, low-reward weaving patterns. Like I said, I may change my attitude over time and I really should try to at least sample some of those techniques.

Right now, I have my eye on adding an inkle loom to my collection to make borders and bands for the pieces I am working on. I have to figure out the “how” of the thing works, but I suspect I might have to come up with my own patterns after I figure it out, as I am not finding the patterns I want online or in books. There are plenty of fancy designs out there, just very few in the Celtic/Norse look that I would want to achieve. This gives me an opportunity to develop a skill like what I eventually ended up with when I was crafting shots of expresso, which is about the only skill I’ve had when I felt I was approaching “master” talent levels before I decided I was tired of being a poor barista. I want to reclaim that sense of accomplishment I had with the espresso, and playing around with weaving seems like a good space to work within (although I don’t know if I’d ever aspire or be able to reach “master” status, nor do I need to — I just want to feel like a skilled craftsperson).

I’m still deciding on the extra loom. It’s quite a bit of cash for something that seems like it could go terribly wrong very quickly.

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