[Before you start reading this, the bold and italics parts below are from my guide Seth where I am channeling in the article.]
I strive for clarity of thought. I’m not sure how to get there, but I trust the efforts I take will eventually work or, at least help me to improve. I suppose nobody can have a complete clarity of thought, but you’ve read pieces where a writer can cut through the blather, the mists of confusion to the glowing heart of the matter. They might not do it all the time, but they do hit the heart every once in a while.
I want to be that writer. With an economy of words (People in Spirit started laughing. I believe there were a bunch of them.) Now, I’ve lost my train of thought. Quiet. Quiet. Wait for it. There.
There is it. I can tell because chills just ran over my scalp. Tears stung in my eyes. Just what that clarity of thought involves right now, I can’t say. I’m just having a moment.
You know what? It doesn’t matter. It’s like when you are weaving. You want to be aware that you aren’t pulling the weft, the yarn or thread that goes back and forth across the piece too tight, because then you get an hourglass shape where the middle is much tighter and smaller than the top where you started. Once begun with a too tight tension, it is difficult to form the piece back into its perfectly rectangular shape. So, that’s one thing you want to be aware of when you are weaving. You also want to be careful to tamp down the threads as you pass your shuttle loaded with thread back and forth. If you don’t do that with the same even tension, you’re going to be looking at holes in your place mat or whatever you are making.
I make my own shuttles out of paint sticks from the hardware store. You carve deep smiley faces into each end and sand it, so it is smooth. Cheaper than buying a new one to the tune of $15 or more.
I have a few looms. One was a child’s toy I got at a yard sale once. Another was a $500 loom I bought used. That one I never did get warped, and I ended up gifting it to a friend years later. It took up as much room as a living room chair in our…