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A True Labour of Love....
It's not often we get a chance to read in between the warp and the weft and discover just what goes into making such a beautiful creation, so I'd like to introduce Olivia to you all.
Olivia is based down in Tasmania and in between the beckoning calls of her two young children she finds precious time to weave some magic into her life.
A self taught "you tube" educated weaver, with an 8 Shaft Jack Loom and additional help when needed from the generous local Weavers Guild.
Olivia found her inspiration in handwoven baby wraps, collected from around the world.
I remember I was given a beautiful merino baby wrap for my first child Molly and it was a very sad day when she no longer needed wrapping. Our Son Finn also made use of it and since then my sisters son also. It's amazing the quality that you get from a handmade labour of love.
I asked Olivia how she juggles weaving and children? "Well that's tricky. I try to weave when they have naps or are in bed of a night. I really enjoy it and it gives me some quiet time to myself. I do occasionally have small helping hands peering into the loom poking and trying to pull stuff apart. But it does take some good time management if I want to get things woven quickly."
You might think that you need years of experience to produce these sort of results - Olivia confessed she has only been weaving since March! "This particular project took about 2 weeks from start to finish."
If you are curious like me Olivia's next project involves some 35 cones of delicious Berry, Teal and Blue Mercerised cotton and a portable Katie Loom.....
so stay tuned to Olivia's next labour of love.
Thank you Olivia for sharing this inspirational piece with us.