How Weaving Found Me: SweetGeorgia Yarns’s Felicia Lo on Curiosity and Craft

6 July 2022
By Felicia Lo
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Whenever I see my two young kids playing around my weaving looms, throwing a shuttle, or trying to beat a weft, I wonder how much of this will stick. How much of this will be memorable to them when they are grown?

My first exposure to weaving was a plastic Fisher Price toy loom that I had as a kid. It was remarkably sophisticated for a toy loom. It had a lever that I could flip to change a shed to weave plain weave—basically like a frame loom with a heddle bar. I recall warping it up with some white acrylic yarn and weaving enough cloth to make a small purse. Feeling satisfied with my new-found weaving skills, I put the loom away under my bed where I kept all my other experimental crafts, like a latch hook rug kit of a tiger face, fun fur I had collected to sew Beatrix Potter-inspired stuffed animals, and a small yarn stash.

“You Need to Learn To Weave”

One craft lead to another and for many years, through elementary and high school, I knit and sewed my own clothes. After years of knitting with whatever leftover yarn had been destashed to me, in my mid-twenties I started to get curious about the yarn I was knitting with. Exploring the construction and composition of knitting yarn made me interested in spinning my own yarn, so I joined the spinning class at Place des Arts, an arts education space in Coquitlam, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. The class was held over ten weeks in a small room that was packed full of weaving looms and spinning wheels. I distinctly remember my spinning teacher giving me a gentle nudge during one of our evening sessions and saying, “You need to learn to weave.” Surrounded by these magical and mysterious floor looms week after week, I finally let my curiosity take over, and I signed up for a weaving class.

Featured and second images by Greta Cornejo, all other images by Felicia Lo.

About Felicia Lo

Obsessed with colour and craft, my journey through knitting, sewing, spinning, dyeing, and the fibre arts have led me to weaving. I’m the founder of SweetGeorgia Yarns and the School of SweetGeorgia. You’ll also find me talking about making time to make things here on YouTube. Through Lo Meets Loom, I explore weaving from both personal and professional perspectives. I’ve been learning to weave since 2006 and started on a Leclerc Dorothy table loom. Soon after, I wove a blanket on a Leclerc Nilus jack loom and a rug on a Leclerc Fanny counterbalance loom. Working on these humble projects has brought me a joy that I have been trying to articulate and share ever since. Today, I weave on two Louet Spring countermarche looms, a Schacht Baby Wolf jack loom in cherry, a Leclerc 45″ Mira and a Leclerc 27″ Fanny counterbalance looms to explore interactions of hand-dyed yarn in handwoven cloth and teach all of these skills and crafts at the School of SweetGeorgia.

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