|One of the looms built by my grandfather--isn't it beautiful?|
Last weekend, we moved my fiber stuff (at least most of it!) into my new studio. I now have looms, sewing and knitting machines, fiber processing equipment, my computer and a good portion of my yarn stash all in one room! Yet to come is a place for my collection of fiber-related books, and I'm not sure the spinning wheels will ever find a home in the studio--they may have to live upstairs. I am realizing that I could probably have used twice as much space in here (I still have boxes and boxes of fiber, plus lots of fiber equipment, still stored in the garage!), but I am so thankful for what I have. Kudos to my husband and son for remodeling this space for me from a garage bay to a working studio!
My mind is buzzing with the possibilities. What should I weave first? The looms have been residing in our garage (otherwise known to the family as The Barn) for the last couple of years, so I will have to remember how to warp them efficiently. I still need to find some of the warping equipment, which is still hiding in The Barn somewhere, along with loom benches, shuttles, and bobbins. Oh, well...it will take me a while to decide how to warp the looms, anyway. I always find the planning and warping the most difficult parts of weaving. Once I get the warp in place, things get much easier!
In the meantime, I am busily preparing for a fall season of local venues, as well as trying to write up knitting and crochet patterns for public consumption, to self-publish as pdf files.
The life of a fiber artist is never dull!