Traditional loom-felt lessons in Greece
Handmade creations & Loom – felt seminars in Zagorochoria, Greece
According to the Greek myths Athena and Arachne had a weaving contest. Arachne claimed to be a better weaver than Athena and thus infuriated her. Not only did she boast of her achievements but in her weaved textile she illustrated Zeus, Athena’s father, in his love affairs.
Athena tore the textile to shreds and Arachne hung herself. Athena, in an act of mercy, transformed the rope into a web and Arachne into a spider. So, Arachne would continue to weave but would no longer be a threat to Athena’s eminence.
Weaving is done by intersecting the longitudinal threads, the warp, i.e. “that which is thrown across”, with the transverse threads, the weft, i.e. “that which is woven”.
The major components of the loom are the:
- warp beam
- harnesses or shafts (as few as two, four is common, sixteen not unheard of)
- reed and takeup roll
In the loom, yarn processing includes shedding, picking, battening and taking-up operations. These are the principal motions.
For a seminar in loom weaving and artistic felt creation you can visit Lena that will teach you her art in the ideal and inspirational environment of the traditional stone villages of the Zagoria Region, in the Eco Region of Pindus in Northern Greece.