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Weave like a jellyfish….

September 9, 2016

Jack Johnson has a famous song with the lyrics “When you move like a jellyfish, rhythm don’t mean nothing. You go with the flow.  You don’t stop.”  I love that line, and for a while I claimed it as a motto.  That was quite a while ago – long before I owned a loom, or even dreamed I would ever be a weaver.


These lyrics came back to mind recently when I received a study group assignment this year.  I just joined the study group, and I was really looking forward to getting to know a new circle of weavers.   The group assigned 4 traits to each weaver, and the assignment is to make something using these 4 assignments.  To allow some flexibility, the rules allow you to substitute one of the qualities with something different, but only one.  My assigned traits: black, split-complementary color scheme , waffle weave, and a favorite place.   


Right off the bat, I had questions.  What is a split-complementary color theme for black?  Hmm, don’t know.  But I was excited – I’ve been wanting to make some waffle weave towels, so this could be the reason for me to get it on the loom.   But, this is a four-harness study group.  I wanted to do a deeper waffle for my towels….  Maybe that’s the element I will swap out?


Favorite place? That was a quick decision for me. I grew up near a dam on the Thornapple River, and I have many happy memories around that dam. I was able to find photographs of the dam from the bridge that I crossed over every day. River, waterfall – sounds like a wall hanging to me!I’m not sure how I’ll go about this yet, but I am taking Jack’s advice. I’m going to weave like a jellyfish. I’ll go wherever this river takes me.



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