This recurring series highlights Coca-Cola Canada associates who agreed to share what makes them happy outside of work. This series was brought to life through our Coca-Cola Europe team which was sharing these stories internally. The stories can be inspiring, fun or thought-provoking and all are worth being shared with the world.
Meet Meg Weait. During the work week she serves as Legal Counsel for Coca-Cola here in Canada, making sure we all stay on the straight and narrow. When she isn’t working around the clock to keep us all out of the pokey however, Meg trades her law books for a loom and resumes her life as an accomplished weaver. I recently sat down with Meg to discuss how she got started with this unusual hobby.
Why did you chose to start weaving?
I used to knit, but I have carpal tunnel in my left hand so knitting causes me to lose all feeling in my hand within about 30 minutes. I love making things and being creative however and thought that weaving might be the kind of hobby I could do without triggering the carpal tunnel.
Now how does one even go about getting started weaving?
A couple years ago I decided to start pursuing learning how to weave. I bought some books and of course watched some videos on YouTube. When I was finally ready I went out a bought my first loom, a Kromski Harp rigid heddle loom, and started messing around.
I watched about five minutes of an online tutorial and I wanted to know, is weaving as difficult as it appears?
You know that’s a very common misconception about weaving, it’s actually pretty simple but you have to figure out the right setup. My husband actually took up weaving after watching me and even built his own loom (I absolutely refused to let him play around with mine).
What sort of things have you weaved, do you have a favourite thing to make? On the other side, what was the most difficult project you’ve taken on?
I used to love weaving shawls when I started out but lately I’ve been really into making tea towels. My husband loves weaving tartan scarfs and other accessories. The hardest thing I’ve made by far since I got started was the double weave windowpane shawl that I wore to my wedding. It was a huge challenge at the time but ultimately totally worth it!
What do you and your husband do with all the things you weave, do you sell any of the things you make or is your house just full of it?
We both work on commission, selling some of the pieces that we weave but we also give a lot away as gifts. I’ve done tea towels as housewarming presents and in fact when I got married, I made individual coasters as gifts to all of our guests. I definitely get a lot out of it for myself but I don’t keep much that I make.
How do you apply the skills you’ve developed for weaving into your professional life?
I have learned zen-like patience from weaving that I use all the time in my everyday life. Also most of the work in weaving is preparatory – setting up the loom, measuring out the warp, threading each heddle, sleying the reed, tying on and checking for errors. Only after doing all that do you get to weave, which is just like life in a way, you spend far more time getting ready to do things than you actually spend doing them and that’s okay because preparation is part of the journey.
If you’d like to see more of the incredible things that Meg has weaved or what her latest project is, please browse her Instagram gallery under the_meglg.