From a very young age, I've loved hand-crafted things. I'll admit that I always dreamed of being an artist myself and dabbled in all sorts of forms (you name, I tried it). The thing is, I'm a bit too structured in my approach to art -- it's not that I think one has to be messy or purely spontaneous to create art, but I do think one needs to allow abandon to be part of the process. I guess that's where fiber arts comes in for me. While we can play around with textures and colors and size, we still need to follow a particular path that will help lead us to the finished object, whether it's one that we wear or one that we play with. After all, toys as much as cardigans require proper construction, right? So, my knitting is satisfying a deep need to use my hands and to make art.
One fiber art that I've dreamed of trying but haven't had the chance to (yet) is hand weaving. It's a process that I know I would absolutely love, but I also know that it's a practice which requires ample space, time, and great patience.
I've been an admirer of AnnieKnits' handwoven scarves/shawls for quite some time, and the other day, I had the chance to purchase one of her gorgeous handwoven items on sale.
This scarf was woven from a blend of silk and cotton. The weight and drape is perfect as it holds up when looped around my neck or pulled across my shoulders. It was a huge splurge, and I feel a bit decadent for having treated myself but it's worth every single penny. After all, being a hand-knitter, I know what it takes to create something, and I am quite in awe at the beauty of Anne-Marie's incredible work. I'll be wearing my scarf with deep pleasure for years to come.