Try 3 of 1 yarn and 6 of another, or 2 and 1 or 7 and 2 or 2 and 3. Tie a knot
near one end. Sometimes my husband photographs some of the pieces for my web
page, but I refuse to become attached to them because I'm much more interested
in the doing than the done. Watch some of Sister Wendy's videos. Look some more.
Hang your sphere by its last loop on a nail over an archway.
And never stop
thinking and learning. Keep looping and knotting, occasionally stopping to look
at your shape and judge where you need to loop next. Then pull a loop and also
pull it through another loop.Cut a piece of yarn about a foot long. Yarn can be
as playful as any toy you've ever had.mustsee. Now cut 3 lengths of each yarn,
combining 1 of each yarn into each braiding strand, and make a braid. Look at it
from all directions. Is the sky the same blue every day? How is it different
from 9am to high noon to 6pm? Are all gray skies the same? What about grass--is
it uniformly green?
And is a tree the same color up close as when you're ten
feet away? Look. Shake it. But those pretty things and that admiration will
become addictive, and the longer you use other people's designs, the harder
it'll be to create on your own. Now cut 3 more lengths of each yarn, but keep
all 3 of one color together to form a braiding strand, and make a braid. Then
make a knot at the end of the braid. And start really looking at your world.
Learn about composition and design. Hang it from a nail. As you keep going,
you'll be making a loose, loopy, spherical shape. Pull and knot a few more
loops. Cut about a 2-foot length of each. Tie the two ends together. And I'm
going to throw away all the sheets that I'm writing on once I type everything
into my computer. Eventually you'll figure out how to make useful things if you
want to, because you'll be developing technical skill and design intuition with
each experiment that you toss in the trash. This is the second time I've tried
to write this paragraph--the other one has scratches out and squiggles and a big
X through it. Find another artist. So go ahead--start playing! ***** If I could
give one piece of advice to people beginning to use yarn, this is it: stay away
from patterns. Just keep trying. How do the twists look? What are the
similarities and differences, both among the twists and between the twists and
the braids? Which do you prefer? This is an experiment you can perform again and
again, using all sorts of yarns in all sorts of combinations. Find an artist
whose work you like and study that work. ***** Find a skein of yarn you like.
Swirl it around. My dance weavings are spontaneous--I don't measure the slits, I
don't choose the threads ahead of time, and I don't know where I'm going until I
tie on a thread and start dancing. I think it's just inertia, a continuation of
the split (turning into a gulf) between art and craft. Look at your braids.
***** The biggest problem in the yarn world today is the lack of education in
art. Jiggle it. The people who write patterns are highly skilled, sophisticated
designers, and your early (and middle and late-middle) experiments will look
crude and clumsy compared to their work. Knot it around its bottom. And another.
Even more, because it doesn't put any limits on your imagination.
course, I start having such a good time that I make two or three in one sitting!
***** Find 3 yarns that look good together. And it's cheap. Hold it at eye
level. You'll find books about art theory and technique, as well as those
beautiful collections of artwork. It all depends on what you want--if you want
to make pretty things that other people admire, then patterns will help you.
Occasionally a gifted amateur will break through with some original work, but
mainly it's the same old, same old, rutted, constricted way. Pull a loop through
it and knot that around its bottom. How are they similar? How are they
different? Do you prefer 3 lengths or 9? Do you prefer combining the colors or
keeping them separate? Do this experiment again, but twist the yarns instead of
braiding them. If, however, you want to use your yarn like a painter uses paint,
you need to develop the courage to be crude and clumsy and to make useless
things that you throw away. Tie another one near the middle. Swing the loop
around your fingers. The great pioneers of Hippiedom--Magdalena Abakanowicz,
Lenore Tawney, Ed Rossbach--all went to art school and have remained actively
involved with art and artists throughout their lives. Admire it for a day or
two. And another. So how do you go about educating yourself? For starters, go
through the shelves in the 700's section of your library. Make a loop at one end
and then knot the loop around its bottom. When you have a shape you like, make
one last loop and knot it, then cut the yarn from the skein. But--BUT--the
experiments will be YOURS, while other people's patterns will not. I cut slits
in the vertical ends of fusible
a piece of watercolor paper, warp with pearl cotton #8, tie a
length of embroidery thread to a warp, and go looping and knotting across the
page. I use my yarn just as lightly--I make something, fool with it a bit, maybe
even admire it, and then toss it out. I rarely spend more than fifteen minutes
on a weaving, but it takes me weeks or months to store up enough confidence to
make one. http: yarn-and-fabric. Pull and knot a few more, then pull through
another loop and knot. ***** Every so often I feel loose enough to dance with my
yarn. It's easier for everyone to depend on a few leaders to make the patterns
for the rest of us to follow. Then take it down and make another one. Keeping us
ignorant could be a conspiracy on the part of the yarn establishment (whatever
that might be) to keep us servile and dependent, but I doubt it. Lay the knot on
the edge of a table, put a heavy book on it, and braid the yarns until you have
about 1-1 2 inches left. I've taught myself to use yarn the way I use
paper.info. For about two bucks you can get half a pound of a bright, wiry
acrylic. Tie them together at one end, leaving about a 1-inch fringe. Question