Peter has discovered that weaving has opened up his artistic and creative side. He loves the mental challenge of it and he has learned how to operate his heddle loom really quickly and to a high standard. He is passionate about weaving! His wife , Marina, has a lot of spinning, knitting and crochet skills and so together they can now be very inventive and creative. Sonya, our roving reporter, brings their his story this week.
A potted history of Marina and Peter
77 year old man learns the art of weaving
As I sit in the ‘French ‘ corner of Peter and Marina’s home , with the rain falling benignly on the roof, I can best describe it all as a poem of love, art and creativity. They call their home a workshop. How Peter and Marina met is a story in itself. Both were born in Germany and now here they are in Adelaide after half a lifetime of adventures and misadventures.
Peter says: ‘I describe myself as a man with 2 left hands and Marina as a gal with 2 right hands! Over time, with a lot of patience from Marina I have developed my skills.
We heard about Ron Doley with his fixit skills. When repairing Marina’s grandmother’s spinning wheel to a workable condition, his advice to Marina was “don’t use this wheel, because I’m not offering to ever repair it again. It’s only good for firewood!’ So we keep it as a beautiful piece of furniture and history. But before this, we had found each other and were forming a twosome fostering our interests in craft and wool.
Moving on to their newest era; Peter says : we have made a significant discovery. In researching my family history I found that my great great grandfather’s brother in Germany was a Master Weaver. And Marina knew that her great grandmother in Germany was a weaver. No doubt both of our ancestors would have used their weaving skills as a source of income. When I found about this I was in the process of writing my memoirs. So when Marina asked me ‘Would you like to try weaving?’ my reply was ‘definitely not!’ I didn’t actually think that with my ‘two left hands’ I would be adept enough. But then I got thinking, if my ancestor was a weaver perhaps, just perhaps I could be a weaver too.
Marina enticed me and Christine from Seaford Spinners and Weavers encouraged me. Christine told us about Bev Bills and her weaving class, so we decided to go and see for ourselves. We loved what we saw. Everything was so interesting. Bev took classes. She taught us with patience and skill. Dear Christine got a loom organized and gave me a lot of instruction and re-assurance. We came by a large loom which was free for the taking. I said to Marina, ‘ all right, if we can fit it in the car we can take it.’ We squeezed it in with centimetres to spare!
Then a very timely thing happened. John who is an expert and experienced weaver joined up at Seaford Spinners and Weavers. He is my mentor, there each week with his loom, ready to give me help and advice. I’m now forging ahead with my own projects, thanks to my wife and Christine, John, and Ron Doley.
Onward and upward you two! Marina’s weekly output of ingenious projects is prodigious. We ask her ‘When do you find time to sleep? ‘Their story convinces me of that old proverb ‘No man (or woman) is an island.’ Our social connections, friendships and networks are beyond price.