Weaving is a process that requires meditative focus. I find myself weaving until that focus is elsewhere…then, I must stop…or I find myself spending far too much time undoing what I have done.
Weaving reminds me to stay in that moment where the shuttle skids through the shaft and threads are placed with the right tension. What results is a cloth that reflects all those collected moments.
Weaving cannot be done quickly or in haste. When you pick up a piece of handwoven fabric, remember that time stood still in the moments that those threads were crossed and stacked. You can feel that energy in the cloth. It is one of the wonderful gifts you acquire when you wear or use handwoven fabric.
Lately, I have been playing meditative music to help me with that focus. There is more flow to the rhythm and as a result the fabric reflects that flow. I am learning to observe my attention and what is required to stay with the weave.