A common theme at Tuesday Weaving is discussing how we acquired and where are we going to put new looms. Every week, it seems someone has found a loom on ebay or craig's list or just with our ears to the ground, and it comes home with someone. Sometimes I feel jealous of those who either have the money to buy new ones, or who just seem to be in the right place at the right time to get a windfall loom. But, really, how many looms do I need?
As many of you know, I work more than a full week, every week. I sometimes only see my looms because my house is shaped like an O, and I have to pass through the Loominaria, just to get to the living room. I usually spend, on average, an hour weaving every week, unless I go to Norris, as I did yesterday. Yesterday, I spent most of my 4 1/2 hours there threading B with that lovely New Mexican Sunset warp. I chatted with LouAnn, caught up with Pat and heard Carol's road stories.
At home, I sit in my lovely Loominaria, looking out at the flowers on the front porch, working on the current project and dreaming of future ones. I own three looms.
This is my Artisat. I love dear Jenny, my Artisat. She works so hard and does pretty much whatever I ask of her.
This is my Navajo loom. I had it made for me by the kind guys at Anderson Lumber in Alcoa. This is the one and only warp I've ever had on it. Wally, in the photo at the foot of the loom, one day decided the rug I was weaving made a great scratching post. I still have the rug, but I don't have Wally anymore. I can't part with the partial rug because it reminds me of him. I have grand plans for my next warp on it, cat-proof and easy enough to finish. Now, I need the time.
My Tuesday Weaver friends weave all day, many days and make such amazingly beautiful things with their looms. Some have garages full, some have them tucked away all over the house and some have--okay, just one has--an entire house for them. But most of us have just a little time and a little space for what we can squeeze in.
The right amount of looms is what we can make space and time for. For some of us, that's one in the living room, just in the right place to stay connected with our family. For some, it's a few, ready with warps of different complexity, for when we're ready to give them our time. For others, it's a smorgasbord of possibilities to take us into a new career. How many looms is too many? How many looms is just the right amount?