Sunday, March 13, 2011

plain weave

what has happened, is happening still in japan is horrible.
i watched aghast the b.b.c. footage on my computer (i live without t.v.)
i have checked in with friends, and so far people i know are safe, and so are their loved ones.
but oh my, that is not the case for many. i am attending with all my heart.
i wanted to say something about plain.
plain weave.
an old blanket. two lengths pieced together.
white warp, white weft. weft a bit yellower.
i took this out last night to use.
i won't save it any longer. it needs to be used. 
beauty in use. 
you fiberartists will notice many things about this piece.
i haven't begun to discover them all. the weft is, i think, handspun wool.
i don't know for sure anything; the size i can measure.
i can't tell you what was in the mind of the woman 
who sewed these lengths together. 
and hemmed them.
i can't know 
of the wool shorn, washed, spun, woven 
into a modest blanket.
warm enough for the north country fall,
with a quilt or two, for winter.
plain weave.
beautiful.
my favorite.

14 comments:

fabriquefantastique said...

I also love those old homespun blankets...I wish there was more appreciation for them. I am very lucky to have several.

onesmallstitch said...

comfort! it touches the heart. looks like the weft may be singles (not plied)and that is what creates the diagonal patterning, called tracking, which is a bonus in my opinion. Enjoy, stay warm

Auntie Char said...

i want to snuggle right in and curl up!

no tv, Bravo!!!!

Velma said...

f, this one is warm and not so soft, just right.
j, tracking is a plus, the weft is singles, the warp is hard to see, even with magnification. i don't want to pull any threads to see better. the sewing is tidy and i love where the tracking has pulled in the selvages.
a.c, t.v.free for over 30 years, but i can still sing along with commercials from the 60s and 70s! wonder what brain space that could be used for?

ronnie said...

mmmmmmm yum! (I love how these pics make the blanket appear just like a landscape - hills, valleys, plains.... so pretty)

Velma said...

r, do you remember being a child and looking over your body under the covers? so like a landscape.

Cait Throop said...

I love plain weave...and Japan, so big I can't get my head around it and don't know where to put it--how to help, what to say...just awful...xo

iNdi@na said...

simplicity is good.
the whirled is acting strangely lately. am wondering what next.

Velma said...

cait and india, i get too itchy and wobbly thinking about this planet; i worry, and must change my mind to other things, like plain weave.

Fiona Dempster said...

Velma - this post is quiet, calming and nurturing. It reminds me how important simple, beautiful things are. I felt 'hugged' by this blanket as I looked at it and read your words - across the miles we can somehow let each other know we care.

neki desu said...

modesty weaving, i like that

Alice said...

It is anything but plain.

Deb G said...

I think this is incredibly beautiful...

Velma said...

fiona, neki, alice, and deb, i like your comments very much.

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