One thing led to another…

Friday morning my daughter and I were just hanging out and having a little breakfast preparing for a day in the studio, mapping out a plan of action.  With her home for the month from school, I’m taking every available advantage I can.  I still feel like I’m a month behind where I wanted to be in my small winter break between teaching.  As things stand I leave again in four weeks.

Anyway, I mentioned to Bri that the addition of a couple of table looms has made things pretty tight, and that we keep having to shuffle table looms around to work in different areas.  Right now, the eight shaft Tools of the Trade 25″ table loom sits on top of one of the large floor looms, and when they are in use, it sits on my cutting table.  I mentioned to my daughter that I wish I could find a work space to leave it on where it was actually functional.  It is a bit heavy for me to keep hauling around the studio.  I have three Tools of the Trade table looms, in addition to the four Tools of the Trade floor looms and all seven are actually in some form of use at the moment.

Silly me.  Mentioning a logistics problem to a science student at UMass who admitted the other night that if she wasn’t so into animals she would be an engineering student, is like dangling candy over one of my doggies…  Silly me…

I love watching her mind.  I really tried hard to listen to her suggestions, without shooting them down, my bottom line was I still needed to move around the studio efficiently and I didn’t want to spend any money here, and I had to be able to easily remove items from the front half of my studio when I had to do a photo shoot.  Otherwise, I kept my mouth shut and let her run.  Wow…

We went from space to space, talked about what worked and what didn’t.  I’m a creature of habit, and whether it technically works or not, I sort of just live with things, and put up with stuff, cause that’s what I’ve got and really I’ve learned over the years, that it isn’t all about the space or the equipment you have, it is what you do with your mind and the materials in front of you that shows your creativity.  My son once made an entire army out of twist ties, because he was sitting in the corner in punishment and found a wad of twist ties on the floor.  They were brilliant.

We took one shelving unit from the guest room, there was a surplus there anyway, and somehow, we managed to create a space, total thanks to my daughter, that 1) didn’t involve my poor husband in any way, 2) created work stations for all seven looms, and the sewing machine, and the serger table, and 3) created a much better office area away from the main work area leaving my stash wall largely untouched and somehow, when it was all done, the space looks twice as large, brighter and it is unbelievably efficient and fun to work in.  I’m still pinching myself, at how it all worked out, and the only thing missing is some under the cabinet lighting, which we own, but has to be installed, and for that I will wait for my husband who is in the middle of a couple of projects of his own.  We were at Staples last night and for $50, I replaced my desk chair with a large comfy new one and I’m looking at my spacious desk with a view, since I can now see out the window.  I feel so grown up…

So, enjoy the photos, it is crowded yes, but it was before, and this seems to be less crowded if that is possible?  All seven looms have work stations.  Even the table looms.  I can still get around the cutting table, and I can see over all the floor looms instead of having them stacked with large table looms on top.

The first vertical photo, last line on the left, shows a small outdoor plant stand I swiped from the deck.  I like using these around the looms, a place to put my tea mug, shuttle, scissors, etc. when I’m working at a loom with no bench storage.  Which is basically six of the seven looms…

So happy new year to me with a happy new space.  Or reworked space.  I finished my top, except for the handwork, and I’m already mulling over the next project to prep fabric for…  We have run a dye bath each morning, I found a ton of skeins I had wound last year, and never got around to dyeing.  I wove another scarf, and the next warp is ready to be wound.  Meanwhile I’m working through the year end paperwork, I still have a number of contracts and updates to do.  My website schedule/resume/etc, all need updating.  I have guild websites to update, and I have a lovely book to read, that I have been asked to write a forward to, so that’s up at the top of my list.

To all of my loyal readers and those who have just joined in, may 2013 bring you lots of fiber entertainment, and exciting projects…  Stay tuned…

Comments (11)

Alice-Ann FerderberDecember 30th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

OK, I’ve officially lost my mind, what is happening on “studio 6″ 7 and 11”???? Dark to light and looks like fun. OMG I love how your mind works and Bri!!!!!!! It is just TOO much fun to watch her! You are truly blessed, enjoy every minute. AA

Helen HartDecember 30th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I am just way jealous for your space, but happy you have it since you are so creative. Great to have a very creative daughter, isn’t it? My space is very very small, but doable. A very Happy New Year to you and yours and thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us.

CarmellaDecember 30th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

All-in-one studio!!! What are the dimensions of this room? My stuff is spread all over the farmhouse and I’m finding it inconvenient. I do need the exercise of going up and down the stairs but really! Four different rooms – a sewing room & a loom room for the 60″ AVL upstairs. 36″ Tools of the Trade, table loom and Wolf Pup all on the unheated but insulated porch and the spinning wheel in the living room. I see some great ideas in your pictures that I’ll try. Like storage under the table loom and the little table. Do you use your serger at that height by standing by it?

Elizabeth EDecember 30th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Overwhelmed! Bri is a genius, of course. Apple didn’t fall far from the tree, either.

Candiss coleDecember 31st, 2012 at 5:50 am

Looks great. Now both of you can work there while Bri is home and still have room. Might want to consider a small foot warmer Under the desk now that its in front of the window. How nice to be able to see outside. Enjoy.

Elizabeth BryanDecember 31st, 2012 at 9:23 am

Ah fresh eyes! Do you rent Bri out ? 🙂 Love the plant stand idea as I find loom benches very hard on my back and I actually weave with a rolling office chair. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2013!

SusanDecember 31st, 2012 at 9:36 am

Yousa! I too tend to put things in ONE place and leave them there. I am Sure Bri could work a miracle in my studio………good job!
And those towels in the last post were really eye candy. Only 2 more chenille scarves to go 🙂

darylDecember 31st, 2012 at 10:22 am

@Alice-Ann, if you are referring to the gradient mohair warp on the big loom, I detailed that in this blog post http://weaversew.com/wordblog/2012/12/14/before-i-was-me/

There is a line of folks wanting to rent my lovely wonderful brilliant daughter… She is all mine until she returns to college… Of course, those who belong to the Pioneer Weaving Guild, you have her until May!

@ Candiss, foot warmer under the desk… That could be a wonderful thing… 🙂

@ Carmella, the studio is really small. The original part is 10 x 12 feet, and we knocked the roof off of a first floor den to expand the space by 15 additional feet. So the room dimensions are 12 x 25 feet. A mere 300 square feet. Not a lot of space considering what I pack in there.

Also @ Carmella, the table with the small loom and the serger is really table height. It is made from a kitchen counter top laid over two small file cabinets. So my office chair from the sewing machine, just wheels over to the serger when I need to finish a seam. The sewing table is actually low, which I like. It is an old monster computer desk from the 80’s. We just removed the hutch.

Jenny SethmanDecember 31st, 2012 at 11:44 am

Wow, that’s a lot of loom. Very inspirational.

GayleDecember 31st, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I’m forwarding this to all my weaving buddies to inspire us to think at our space differently. Thanks for all your ideas and motivation to be all we can be.

JennyDecember 31st, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Dang! Impressive. Still chipping away at the disaster here. Three more boxes out with the kids this weekend.

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