10 years

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In November 2003 I had my first encounter with a 4-shaft loom. It is a funny sort of loom – clearly homemade and featuring a number of idiosyncracies – but I liked it so much, that I bought it the same day. In the ten years since that moment of woman-meets-loom, I have re-fashioned my home, my work and my entire life around my love of weaving. That was unexpected.

I reckon a decade of weave-upheaval should be marked in some way, so here is a little giveaway: a free Graffiti scarf to one person chosen at random. If you would like to enter the draw, please leave a comment on this post before midnight (GMT) on Friday 6th December.

The winner can choose between this mainly blue scarf…

mainly blue graffiti scarf

…and this pink-purple scarf,

pink purple graffiti scarf

so I hope you’ll find you like one or t’other. I will put it in the post as soon as you’ve decided and — for most of the world — it should be with you in time for Christmas.

This would also be a good time to say thank you to all the lovely people who have supported me on my weave-journey so far. So to my teachers, friends, long-suffering family, fellow-weavers, customers, students and – of course! – blog-readers: thank you. Thank you very much indeed.

The next decade starts tomorrow!

10 years” was posted by Cally on 30 Nov 2013 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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62 Responses

  1. Helen

    Would love to enter. Thank you!

  2. Carine Zimmerlin

    thanks for this draw! lovely <3

  3. Alicja

    Congrats and happy weaving, Cally 🙂
    I would love to take part in your giveaway.

  4. KarinM.

    What a nice blog! Congratulations! Looking forward to all there is to come.

  5. Alison Daykin

    Congratulations, Cally, and here’s to at least another 4 decades then you’ll have caught up with where I am now! I’m still loving it after my 50 years, still loads to learn, too!

  6. Donna Meyer

    Gorgeous. Congratulations from Arizona USA!

  7. Kathleen

    Count me in. What lovely “graffiti”!

  8. Evelyn Oldroyd

    Congratulations on 10 years of fun and more to come. Evelyn

  9. Kali Mason

    I live reading your posts on Facebook. Your weavings are inspirational. Was this one done on a four or eight shaft? Simply beautiful.

  10. Karen

    Hi Cally, I love both of these, and would love to enter your comp. Wow, here’s to the next ten years! Cheers!

  11. Lorna

    Love these scarves, Cally.

  12. Dianne Quimby

    I love your work and the way you share it with others, especially other weavers. Many Thanks and Congratulations on 10 years of weaving!!

  13. Kate

    Congratulations on 10 years! I fell in love with my rigid heddle loom and am so proud of my first scarf. hope I’m still weaving in 10 years!

  14. Isabella

    Yoohoo! Please put my name in the hat. Congratulations on 10 years at the helm oops loom

  15. Tamie Herridge

    I love your weaving and I always look forward to your blog. It’s very inspiring.

  16. Dianne

    Ten years, well done. May you always enjoy exploring new ideas and throwing those shuttles.

  17. kate

    Lovely scarves! Please enter me in the draw, thanks.

  18. marion

    Hi Cally,

    Congratulations with your 10 year anniversary. Reading through your blog, I thought you were weaving for many more years. It all looks so beautiful.
    I do hope to enjoy your weaving stories for a long time to come.

    I also read your story about weaving the mug rugs (for Christmas) in the Journal. Thanks for sharing. (And what a lovely picture)

    Have a nice weekend.

    ps; a pink ‘Cally’ scarf would look very nice on me 🙂

  19. Dot

    “that moment of woman-meets-loom” love this, and love to see how far you have come in 10 years: happy weaving anniversary!

  20. Meg

    Happy decaversary congratulations to your superb progress in that time, PLUS the thesis, PLUS the TV appearance. And here’s to many, many more fabulous warps, exhibition pieces, open studios and classes. Plus cakes for S – lots of them.

  21. Gillian anderson

    Well done Cally, these are just beautiful!

  22. amy tuveson-smith

    brovo! beautiful work!

  23. Debbie

    So wonderful that you found your passion! Congratulations on your first ten years and I wish for you many, many more. Beautiful scarf anyone would treasure.

  24. Margery

    Hard to believe you’ve accomplished so much in only ten years. What a beautiful body of work, Cally. Congratulations!

  25. Janice

    I love your work Cally! Congratulations on 10 years as a weaver and many more!

  26. Sandra Rude

    I’m too late for the draw, I know, but I wanted to write and congratulate you on the *amazing* work you’re doing for someone who only found weaving 10 years ago. Great job!

    I’m always jealous of the weavers who began 30 or 40 or 50 years ago, because I only began 20 years ago, and feel like I’ve still got a lot of catch-up to do!

  27. Evelyn McQuaid

    Beautiful scarves!! Congrats on your tenth anniversary…and wishing you many more years of weaving!

  28. Emily M

    Congratulations! I’ve just finished year one. Inspiring!

  29. Maggie

    Congratulations Cally! Knew you were on to greater things when we enjoyed those ‘creative’ activities in EFM!
    Can’t wait too see what comes in the next 10!

  30. David Williamson

    Lovely scarves. I started weaving only 18 months ago, so I have a long way to go before I can produce anything like these. Once I’ve been taught by you, things can only improve. Good luck with the next ten years.

  31. Ivanka Vidojevic

    Congratulations from a small group of weavers from Serbia !
    I would like pink scarf !

  32. Michelle

    Congrats on ten years as a weaver!


    Cally – ever since I discovered your blog I have been inspired, spirited and in awe of your energy and creativity. Congratulations on your 10 years. I hope to be as productive and creative as you.

  34. Joni

    Congrats on 10 years of weaving! Love your colors & techniques!

  35. Tania

    Congrats on 10 years of weaving. Looking forward to seeing what the next 10 years brings. Enjoy the blog.

  36. Tricia

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for all the information and insight you put on this blog and t’katch – I’m enjoying reading your weaving journey. Wishing you many more years of happy weaving! All the best, from Nebraska, USA

  37. Linda

    Congrats on the milestone! Both scarves look gorgeous (a wee bit like Christmas trees for the winter!) so if I win either one I’d be delighted.

  38. Lara Pawson

    Am I too late? Beautiful scarves, Cally. Bravo! XX

  39. Barbara

    Happy weaving anniversary, Cally! Imagine what fabulous creations you’ll have made when you reach the 20 and 30 year marks.

    I would love to win one of your scarves. Yours is one of three blogs I read regularly – very informative. Best of luck with all of your endeavors,

    Oregon, USA

  40. Julie Moehn

    I really enjoy reading your blog. Congratulations on the 10 years of weaving!

  41. elaine ippolito

    So lovely you found your passion. Happy Anniversary. Your work is inspiring.

  42. JoAnna

    Lovely work! And congratulations on 10 years!

  43. denice mcmechan

    Hi, I love your blue scarf and am inspired by your weavings. Thanks for sharing!

  44. Alice in Richmond

    Congratulations Cally! I found your blog years ago and have found it to be so inspiring to my little weaving adventures. And I like your cats.

  45. Margreet

    Happy 10 years weaving! Love reading your weaving journey. We’ll have to have a Bradford anniversary in 2015 😉

  46. Els

    So nice to read your blog and to follow you on Twitter.
    Congrats and hope many more years in weaving to come

  47. Isy

    Congratulations! To celebrate along with you, I have been re-reading many of your posts – I have my favourites ones I return to from time to time, including the very first one I read (http://callybooker.wordpress.com/2008/03/27/documentation/ ) Happy weaving.

  48. Courtney

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Happy to have stumbled across your blog and your work at such a fortuitous time. Congratulations 🙂

  49. neki rivera

    for more weaving years will come and you’ll enjoy them

  50. MaryAnn

    Thanks for sharing your weaving with us and best wishes on this happy anniversary!

  51. Carolyn Coates

    Thanks for the inspirational blog!

  52. Vicky Morrow

    Beautiful! Congratulations on your 10th anniversary! Thanks for the inspiration.

  53. Ange

    Congratulations on you 10 year anniversary!! It’s really fun how weaving can take over your life 🙂

  54. Suzy

    I’d be delighted to win such a beautiful scarf, fingers crossed 🙂

  55. Tauria Catlin

    These scarves are beautiful! I’ve been following your blog for a few months now and have really enjoyed seeing what you come up with!

  56. Anne

    Congratulations and Good Wishes for many more happy hours and years at your looms. Beautiful materials, colours, and designs.

  57. Sherri

    They are both beautiful. I enjoy seeing both your in-progress and finished pictures.

  58. Moira Totty

    Look.s gorgeous, I especially like the blue one

  59. Jem

    Congratualtions on your 10 years of weaving! I enjoy your blog.

  60. liz lloyd

    You inspire me every time I read your blog. Saw your scarves in Edinburgh and loved them. Congratulations on 10 years of weaving.

  61. BethM

    Beautiful! Please enter my name.

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