A Weaver’s Poem

When I first started The Crafty Creek I used to have a Poem of the Month, choosing one of my favourite poems. After a year or so I decided it had run it’s course, but today I came across a poem I thought some of you would like. It was written about 600 years ago by Kabir, ‘the Mystic Poet’

I think it’s beautiful and I now have ideas buzzing round my head for an embroidery…

The Weaver

How many know of the weaver?

Who spreads his warp

From earth to sky.

The two beams of his loom

The sun and the moon.

Two shuttles filled with

A thousand threads

Spread lengthwise.

Watch him as he weaves,

Karma with Karma

Woven with unwoven threads

How well this weaver weaves.

I discovered it in a fascinating article on the Textile Artist website. Bren Boardman describes how he uses sketchbooks as a way of developing his ideas. Sketchbooks are something Embroiderers Guild are keen for us to use but it’s a very new concept to me and as yet I haven’t really had the time to start one. If you follow the link you’ll see how the poem inspired him to produce a stunning piece of textile art.

It reminds me of the Carol King song, ‘Tapestry’, that’s another one I’ve always wanted to embroider in some way…

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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4 Responses to A Weaver’s Poem

  1. anne54 says:

    That is a beautiful poem ~ and a stunning piece of weaving in the photo! I think that I don’t know much poetry, until I think back over my life and see the poems that are there. So I have been trying to read more poetry. I stumbled across a website that emails a poem everyday and I try hard to read each one before I hit the delete button! Yours is one of the most satisfying I have read for a while.
    As for sketchbooks, it will be no surprise to know that I am a fan! I am starting the idea of having one for each project that I am working on, using it as a place where I can include my thoughts, inspirations, photos of samples and works-in-progress and so on. Which reminds me that I need to do a post on it….


  2. MrsCraft says:

    What a brilliant poem, I love those analogies 😊


  3. KerryCan says:

    Weaving seems suited to all sorts of wonderful metaphors for life–great poem!


  4. kathyreeves says:

    This makes me think of a Navajo woman, sitting before her loom. The words are so picturesque!


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