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Just the process, ma’am.

I’m beginning to think that that’s what I love the most: the process of making something. Having a finished, useful object is nice too, and a bonus if I can get it, but what I really enjoy is the process and seeing something come together as a fabric. There’s a rhythm I get into with weaving. Lay in a shot, change sheds, beat, lay in a shot, change sheds, beat…if you’re quick enough, you can dance to it! Or do each step along with music!

With beading, it was all about the finished object. It was about design. And yes, it was and continues to be fun for me. But with weaving, knitting, crocheting, if I’m really unsure of what I want to do, I can just keep going until I have a scarf or a blanket or potholder or washcloth or towel. Or a bag. Bags are always good! You can never have too many bags.

Now I find myself wanting to try nalebinding. I’m discovering that I’m curious about almost all the fiber arts, or maybe it’s just an excuse to buy another wonderful wooden tool. Yes, my favorite Etsy store, Ampstrike, sells plum wood nalebinding needles. How did you know?

I think it is just as much about the tools as it is the process of making something. There’s something about the feel of well-crafted wood. It’s smooth and satiny feeling, and almost feels soft. If you’ve ever kept a tumbled worry stone in your pocket, you know what I’m talking about. Wood can feel the same way, if done right.

Maybe I’m overanalyzing things. Maybe I should just say that I love what I do and not try to figure out the “whithertos and whyfores” and just enjoy it!

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