Learning something new, something one has never done before is like learning a new language or becoming acquainted with a new culture. The experience requires one to allow themselves to feel vulnerable, be curious, and trust in the presented process. This is how I went into the first session of the 6-week beginner weaving class, where I was faced with words like heddles, warp, choke tie, weft, sley hooks, and more. Then I was shown how to make my first warp. The task was completed with help, as I made a few mistakes.
I suppose the process began before I signed up for the weaving class when I heard the inner whisper, “weaving.” I know this whisper well, for it has guided my life since I was young. I also know that when I listen and take the first step in the direction of the whisper, the way always unfolds smoothly and effortlessly.
This time it was no different. My first step was to find a class in Edmonton. A quick search on the internet produced 4 weaving centres. I took my time meandering through their website, seeing what they were offering and getting the feel of each centre. Yes, it’s possible to get a feeling for a company, centre and restaurant from the website. It’s about paying attention to how my body reacts to what I am reading and seeing. What pulls me or repels me? Do I feel open and welcome or tight and closed?
I resonated with one particular group. I felt welcomed as I read through each section of the website. From there, I decided to go to the centre and see for myself. Walking through the door, I was engulfed in a calm, gentle, inviting atmosphere. I knew I was in the right place. Kim McCollum, the co-owner of Gather Textiles, welcomed me, and it wasn’t long before we shared stories of our travels and love of all things woven. As I left, I knew this would be a great place to learn to weave. When I arrived home, I signup for the 6-week beginner class.
As with most of the journeys in my life, my inner guidance brings something to my attention then it’s up to me to take action.
Take action. I did! For the past 4 weeks, I have learned how to make a warp, dress a loom, and finally begin to weave. Each week the 2 1/2 hours have flown by, and I have stayed longer to try and complete the task. Twice, I have gone to the centre on a Sunday to finish something.
I am now envisioning a few creative ideas for future projects. But, I am getting ahead of myself; first, more practice is needed.
What about you? Is there something that has been calling you that you have been ignoring? Are you listening and taking that first step toward it?
Let me know. I would love to hear what is pulling at you.