Sley the Dent

designed and handwoven by Dawn K Forde

spider

spider

 

Yes, here she is, a handwoven spider.  She has eight long legs, woven as tubes to encase the armature wires. She has eight glass beady eyes.  She was woven with eight colors of yarn (with a supplemental gold metallic thread.)  She was woven in celebration of the Eightieth anniversary of the New Hampshire Weavers’ Guild.

In the historic stories from many cultures, Spiderwoman helps to create the earth and life upon it.  She also teaches people how to weave.  And, there is the story of the boastful weaver, Arachne, who is turned into a spider by the jealous goddess Athena.