I was in too much pain to stand or sit to paint. I have a herniated disk that causes great pains to run down my right leg and at the height of my injury, I took up weaving because I could do it laying down. I have continued weaving even after I was able to paint again and I find it a very relaxing artistic endeavor.
The process begins with choosing an already fallen branch and selecting yarn from the scraps my knitting friends have given me. As I weave, I do it with intention–thinking of what I am trying to reason out. Each weaving has a story to tell or a job to do. Just as a dream catcher is intended to catch bad dreams, my weavings have a purpose as well. It may be to convey a story or idea, but often it is to protect my thoughts from self doubt, or if intended as a gift for a friend, it maybe created as a good luck charm of sorts. Similar to a prayer shawl, the weaving is meant to bring peace to the home it hangs in.