Fiber and textiles have always been of interest to me but this specific area has just been creeping up on me from all corners. My weekly trips to the Flea Market with my new beau have brought textiles from Oaxaca and Peru right into my hands. The bright colors, the rawness of the fibers and the indigenous patterns, I'm smitten for sure... The picture on the left shows Mixtec woven skirts from Oaxaca.
I'm not alone in this new obsession, my craft mentor Mama Hughes just got back from a trip to a Navajo reservation in Arizona where she learned their method of looming and weaving. Thus began a pin board of 120 year old Navajo Textiles (Follow me on Pinterest if you don't already!). The picture on the right is an example of Navajo weaving from the 1890's.
Then Mama Hughes shows me tablet weaving, and I was almost instantly hooked. It looks easy enough and kind of reminds me of computer programming so I started making my own set of tablets, also out of playing cards as seen on the left. The first pattern I want to try is one of the diagonal patterns used by the egyptians as seen here below.
I'm hoping not to lose my nerve on the tablet weaving project. I have a tendency to get craft paralysis if I think something will be a complete failure, I won't even attempt it. It's a silly perfectionist thing that I'm trying to break myself of. I'll let you know how it goes. :)