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Back and Forth

posted Jun 22, 2011, 3:57 PM by Mary Powell   [ updated Jun 22, 2011, 4:13 PM ]
Just like with spinning, weaving is a repetitive motion. So, I weave, and weave, and weave.

 Every three or four inches, I unwind a little warp off the back and roll the fabric up on the cloth beam (down near my knees). While this does interrupt the rhythm of the work, it also interrupts the repetitive nature of the activity and helps protect against injuries. Even so, I try not to weave for more than half an hour without stretching and rotating joints. Since I have the attention span of a grasshopper, it's usually not a problem.
Since this isn't very exciting in photo form, here are some gratuitous pictures of cute sheep:
These are Old English Southdowns, also known as Babydolls. They are another heritage breed that made it to America fairly early. They were originally bred to mow the grass in orchards, so they are less than two feet tall. These cuties are courtesy of  Bluegrass Babydolls in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.