|Woven potholders for my husband for Christmas - purple = Elderberries, bright and light yellows are goldenrod and dark yellowish brown is Sumac.|
My second visit from my looms former owner came while I was going through many of the tools and extraneous items that came with it. I spread everything out on the floor and cataloged what I had so I could absorb the enormity of it. If you go here you can see some in depth pictures of what I did that day. One thing I came across was a tiny shuttle, not more than 3" long. It had Christmas colored yarn wrapped around it and a bit of gold thread so it could be hung as a tree ornament. There was a tag with the cute name the former owner had come up with to sell his wares. While looking at this I started to get teary eyed. A song came on called "Eye to Eye" about a father-son relationship and I swear I felt the presence of the man whose things these used to be.
|A third visit from the former owner came when I sat down to my first weaving- I worked for 7 hrs straight!!|
What I love about all of this is that it flies in the face of the 'throw away' generation. The thinking that once something is not needed, it's as good as trash. Call me a trash compactor if you'd like and call me a garbage disposal if you must but I believe we do disrespect to ourselves and to others when we don't recognize a gift and accept it. The items are nice but it's the stories that come with them that are the true gift.