I like to think my interest in fibre art has been passed down to me from my great aunt. She lives in my moms tiny hometown in northern Italy and is blind in one eye. Her talent in knitting and crocheting is astounding. In fact, I learned to knit from her when I was 19 years old. I will always cherish that skill because it makes me feel connected to her while we are on opposite sides of the world.
A few months ago, I found a perfect opportunity to share that skill. My friend Amanda who works at the St. Albert Art Gallery was putting together fibre art workshops for kids and adults in order to complete a giant scarf that would be put up around the art gallery.
I volunteered one afternoon and shared my knowledge of knitting with whoever came by the gallery. At the same time, they had put out these small homemade looms for children to learn to weave. I always had the idea that looms were complicated, but these were the most basic looking looms and excitement ensued when I knew I could do this myself at home. I retired the knitting needles for awhile to practice weaving. Along the way I also discovered Macrame, which is a kind of textile-making that uses knotting instead of weaving, but that's for another day.
And so it began...