Just Smile and Weave!

Weaving is making a comeback in a big way! Several creative DIY and style bloggers have been talking about it, there are various online tutorials, and of course, Pinterest is a hotspot for weaving inspiration. I made my first woven wall hanging a month ago and since then, I’ve been weaving almost every day, experimenting and developing my personal style as I go! The words “woven wall hanging” may conjure up some image of a horrendous shaggy monster made with various shades of brown, orange and puke green yarn, hanging in your great-aunt’s basement or some cheap motel (see exhibit A). However, the new generation of weavers is shaking things up!

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Exhibit A: From a 1977 pattern book called Weaving – A Weaver’s Garden!

Weaving gurus Maryanne Moodie, Meghan Bogden Shimek and Judit Just are some of my favourite contemporary textile artists taking the design world by storm! They each have their own unique style and their designs are just so much fun, I can’t help but smile when I see them!

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Left to right: Maryanne Moodie – Meghan Shimek – Judit Just

My interests have evolved over the years, but creativity has always been important to me. I get antsy if I go for too long without doing something creative! I’ve tried everything from writing to music to photography and even jewelry design. In fact, I sell handcrafted jewelry at local stores and on my Etsy shop, www.JulesMadeShop.etsy.com. The other day, I thought I’d show some of my weavings (pictured below) to the owners of Victoire, an amazing shop here in Ottawa that has been carrying my jewelry line for some time now. Their response was so positive that I’ve now got a request for 25 to 35 wall hangings by the end of April!

Woven Wall Hangings - Productively Procrastinating Blog

Woven Wall Hangings - Productively Procrastinating Blog

This is going to be so much fun! I’m totally up for the challenge! I’m calling it Project Smile and Weave! I plan to finish one woven wall hanging every single day of the month of April. That’s 30 in 30 days! I’ll be posting my progress to Instagram and writing regular updates on this blog. Stay tuned for more weaving and other productive procrastination!

Have a good one! 🙂

Julie

 

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