Thursday, May 24, 2007

About the weaving

I received a call a couple of weeks ago from the Lieutenant Governor's staff because the Governor General was coming to New Brunswick for a visit and they wanted to give her a gift. They regularly go to the Craft College to find something for visiting dignitaries. Normally they would ask for a bunch of different pieces to be brought to the office and then chose. But because of the timing (school being done for the year and people being frantic about graduation) they came directly to me, having gotten my name from someone at the college. I paid them a visit and brought what I felt might be suitable and out if it all they chose this shawl for the Governor General, Michaƫlle Jean.

And this scarf for her husband. I realized that I didn't get a picture of it when it was off the loom, but I have to say that it was a beauty. I love this weave structure. It is an 8H structure called "brakes and recesses" if my faulty memory is to be believed. We won't talk about the state of my weaving notes right now. I know that I have them. Somewhere.
And that is the story of the pat on the back with my weaving.

And just a note for those of you south of here. In Canada, we still have loose ties with jolly old England. And the Governor General is the Queen's representative in Canada and the Lieutenant Governors are the Queen's representatives in each of the provinces. You can see the Governor General and the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick here. You can also see my shawl draped over her arm. I would have rather seen it around her shoulders, but you take what you can get sometimes.


Laritza said...


Margene said...

I'll bet she loves wearing it! weave beautifully and your colors are so rich.

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

The blue is so pretty. It will look lovely on her. I hope she realizes that. ;-)

kelli ann said...

i'm sure that michaelle and jean-daniel love their gifts. how thoughtful-- and what a great honour !!

Dani said...

Wow, your weaving is beautiful! I am just learning how to weave (I am in love) and I hope I can make something half as lovely as your pieces


WhiteFeather said...

that GG is so damn photogenic!
jackie, that's so awesome! you're awesome!

DaviMack said...

Marvelous! To know that, of all of the people in the province to go to for something good to give, they came to you? That surely says something of your skill and taste!

David Wozney said...

Re: "... Governor General, Michaƫlle Jean."

The Governor General of Canada is a “corporation sole”, according to Elizabeth II in this document. A “corporation sole” is defined and recognized as being a corporation.

It is a fiction that a corporation is a person.

“A corporation is a fiction, by definition, ...”, according to Patrick Healy in a statement found here.

“A corporation is a ‘fiction’ as it has no separate existence, no physical body and no ‘mind’”, according to this presentation by Joanne Klineberg.

Maia said...

Gorgeous scarves! Congratulations on being the go-to woman.