Friday, January 15, 2010

Today is the first day of the rest of my life!

I have been working to get the studio ready to be productive, and I really am making progress; the looms
are in place, the shelves are up and full, the table is there where I want it, (though it has new bags of fabric on it, that I don't want the pup to get).

Across the hall I have a shelving unit for my spinning stuff and a shelving unit for my knitting stuff, both of which are full to capacity. ( It is there behind all my daughters stuff.)

In the hallway between the two rooms is a bookshelf full of knitting books, spinning books, gardening books, and home improvement books. All of it is looking really good. There are still some things in the hall that need to go to the goodwill or the dump, though we have already made one trip.

So today, I have hemstitched a rug I finished weaving weeks ago, next on that loom (Leclerc Mira), some bluejean rugs. Last week I bought 75lbs of Blue Jeans off of Craigslist. I was going to pay $1.00 lb., but we decided $50 plus a rug 2x4. The woman I got the jeans from used to work for Levis. She thought it would be cool to have a rug from the jeans she helped to make. Cradle to grave kind of thing.
I also need to finish warping Lillian for the breadcloths. I only have one section done. I am winding a warp on the board, and then using a tension box, that doesn't really fit well on the rounded back beam, then winding on each section. I don't have enough spools to wind onto to use the spool rack. Bummer!

I had to get the rooms in order before I could really get going. I suppose, now that things are pretty much done, I just have to do it! It is a little scary this producing to sell thing. I know I like to weave and I enjoy what I weave, but is it good enough?

I am constantly learning new techniques, and having new ideas, so much so I almost don't know where to start!

Today I am taking pictures of the items I have to sell online, I suppose that is as good a place to start as any, since I am the one who has been telling everyone to send the specifics to Bonnie so she can set it up for us!

Here is to new adventures!
Happy Weaving, Tina


LA said...

The studio is looking great! I bet you found some things that you had forgotten you had! I've seen your handwoven items, and they are wonderful. The green breadcloth that you wove is one of my favorites, and I use it for special occasions!

Bonnie said...

Looking good.Just never enough time to get it all done.

Anonymous said...

You've got tons of ideas and you're fearless so I know you're going to do well with your weaving. Having everything in place makes it all so much easier to get projects going. You can see at a glance if you have enough warp and/or weft for a project. I ended up with alot more purple than I'd realized because several years ago I didn't have it all together until we got the garage remodel done!

Maggie said...

Very nice, Tina!