19.1.14

my first weaving sample

I'm learning something completely new to me: weaving (or rag weaving?).
My first sample, undoubtedly full of mistakes.
I have a second hand booklet for the beginner weaver dated 1971, 
the technical vocabulary is a bit daunting. 
Trial and error, guessing and improvising, that's the way I'm learning. 
Like in everything, practice makes the master.
My background is in fine art, more specifically painting. 
I've been struggling to go back to painting in the past 15 years, 
maybe because that's not my media. 
Perhaps I found a new way to express my creativity, 
surely it makes me happy when I do it.
So, this is my first weaving sample.

*on my instagram the wip









26 comments:

trees and what not said...

i love it, the colours are pretty perfect

Dasac said...

Beautiful!!

Margie Oomen said...

Lve

eau de nil said...

alessandra!!
this is genius.
x

la casita said...

thank you all!
Xenia, :D you dear xx

Silvia Calavera said...

MARAVILLOSO!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I've been thinking about experimenting with weaving. You are off to a fabulous start.

Gisa im Haus Nummer 5 said...


Beautiful and very interesting.
<3Greetings from Gisa. :)

Caroline said...

wow i love it! are you taking a class or teaching yourself?

barbara said...

luminoso e bellissimo! [i difetti, se ci sono, non si vedono]

la casita said...

thank you all!

Hello Caroline, thank you :-)
I'm self taught.

Barbara, grazie, si, si ci sono i difetti! un'occhio esperto li vede subito: il selvedge e' tirato, il triangolo grigio e' mollo e la cima un po' incasinata...col tempo si impara...
ciao ;-)

minamoka said...

I'm impressed! I think it's beautiful despite some small mistakes - they make it look very charming. I just purchased a weaving frame on ebay because I was interested to try it, too, but haven't started yet. Great start!

Fay Oberdorf said...

I adore it! It is such a great start!
My wish is to study textile design at the art academy next year. So i hope to learn weaving very soon :).
Are you learning it all by yourself?

la casita said...

oh that's great, go for it! I think I'm done with schools, I've done my 4+4 years of Art studies in art school and Fine Art Academy. It took me a while to get rid of those teaching and the rigidity of Italian old academic methods. So yes, I'm learning by myself, wouldn't mind a workshop somewhere with someone I admire...will see. @Fay Oberdorf

Haafner said...

Wow. It's lovely! Great job!

rebecca said...

this is really great.

i love when someone says a particular work they do makes them most happy even when it's not the medium in which they were trained. i have a fine arts background as well, but feel so much more like i'm a self-taught artist with the ability to find schools and teachers to guide and support me when i need it. i don't know what my medium is academically speaking - sculpture? fiber? all i know is clay is my thing right now… makes me happy to create with it, and i feel most inspired to make in clay. really, i will use whatever i need to to create what i can, and that is how i know i am an artist.

this is a lovely piece. since you feel happy making in this way, i hope you get to do it some more!

Cosynest said...

I love it ! Magnifique !

Bohemian girl said...

I like it a lot, lot, lot! In fact, I want it.

la casita said...

Once again, thank you all! :)

Elizabeth McMurtry said...

This is so, so beautiful! As with everything you make, your choice of color and composition is so... right.

I have been daydreaming of learning weaving, too! I love that you use an old book - my sewing machine is from the 70s, too :) What loom did you use? Did you buy a little tabletop loom to start? I am so interested if you would be willing to share.

la casita said...

Hello Elizabeth, I have an inexpensive lap loom, though humble and simple can give you already nice results. I have this book called "Rug weaving for beginners" by M.Seagrott published by Studio Vista London in 1971, when I needed to understand more I browsed on internet. If you have already embroidery, knitting and crochet skills that might help. In fact when I couldn't find any info I just followed my instinct. I believe that these crafts ( and probably art and so on) are accomplished partly by technique and partly by the ability to find your own ways. As long as they work it's fine. I apply the same principles to the other crafts above mentioned, I never stick religiously to rules and patterns, I just find my way. Hope this helps, more than that I have nothing else to say, apart that only experience works really and you can achieve that by making and making and making ;-)
Good luck and have fun! Thank you.

Louise said...

This is just wonderful. It has reminded me how much I loved weaving on my A level textiles course, making little looms out of string and pencils and sellotape and cardboard! Yours looks 100 times more accomplished, though :)

at swim-two-birds said...

wow! it's lovely!!
I have the same lap loom, found in the thrift; it looks so simple, but don't know how it works;
silly me :)
I'm waiting for more!

la casita said...

Thank you Louise :-)
Renilde, for you is like to drink a glass of water! thank you!!! ;^)

www.finelittleday.com said...

Looks great!

la casita said...

Thank you Elisabeth! :-)