Weaving with a standard yarn (or the yarn you have on hand) is a fine thing. But handspinners can take it one step further: they can decide what properties their yarn should have and design the fabric around it.
As a new weaver, sometimes it feels difficult to move from “beginner” to “intermediate.” I’ve pretty much mastered warping my loom and I can fix a broken warp thread in just a minute without panicking. I can tell the difference between most of the major weave structures and am fairly comfortable designing my own projects. So how do I get from this level of comfortable beginner (advanced beginner?) to intermediate weaver?
In the newest issue of Handwoven, May/June 2015, there are plenty of great stories about how the different projects came to be.
Though it is still very much spring in much of the Northern Hemisphere, my little bit of Southern New Mexico has been enjoying summer for the past month or so and will probably be entering into the season of ultra-summer sometime in June. (Southern New Mexico has six distinct seasons: Autumn, Winter, Spring, Windy, Summer, and Ultra-Summer.) This time of year I tend to have the same sorts of weaving-related thoughts on my mind.