The new studio reveal. Its been a long time coming! First for me and then for you...
We lived at our last home for nine years and despite the renovations and such, I was never truly at home there. It always felt 'temporary'. Suffice to say its a long story which I won't go into here. We did try to sell at one point but after some months on the market, autumn arrived and we took it off. The market was too soft in our area and so we had to wait for a shift in the trends.
Then health issues arose and a couple of surgeries / recoveries later and it was spring 2016 and I told Bruce that I felt we should go for it either this year or next, and that this year would be better. The rest they say is history.... and I've covered off the house sale and our move in older posts.
What you (and me) have been waiting for is to have things finally straightened around and get things sorted back into a working studio again.
So as of October 1st or just after... my space looked like this. Boxes crammed everywhere and even the closets were full, with more in the garage labeled 'studio'. I had to haul everything out, open all cartons and see what was what and get rid of as much packing paper as possible. I think one day I simply sat in the middle of my chaos and just thought things through.... figuring where things might fit best. I have shifted things a few times and probably will do that still but its as good as it can be for now.
So from the mess above to the arrangement below:
This is opposite view towards the studio entry door. The red wall at the end houses the yarn closet and the dark doorway is the ensuite bathroom. Yup, this is supposed to be the master bedroom.
The closet: crammed full with additional shelving to maximize all available storage space.
The 'facilities' at the other end. Bonus tub after a gruelling weaving session! It took some getting used to. 😄
Below is the Tissart tapestry loom in the only good spot for it. Thankfully its a vertical loom. I will be warping this loom up for its first time soon. I have to study instructions on how to do it correctly and then I can do some practise projects to build my tapestry skills.
Down at the far end of the room is a narrow space I call the alcove with windows on two of three walls. So lots of good light. The spring loom is tucked in here and I must admit its a tight fit. I have a small folding table with my serger and sewing machine set up. Now, I prefer to keep them out and ready to use. I like to do my finishing right away after each project. I also lack a place to store them if I was to remove the table and free up more room.
I suspect this situation will be the first in the room that will get changed in some way. (in fact, since I took the picture, I have had to add a printer and a scanner to the table today, so its not going anywhere for the time being. I'll just have to be careful with my dainty derriere!)
I'm also on the look out for a new desk. Something a bit smaller and emphasis on more functional (with maybe room for the printer and scanner?). We have found a great store in town with wonderful used and antique furniture and we'll be checking there from time to time.
This view shows the double French doors which will be lovely to have open in better weather to come. I'm hoping to sit outside and spin or even take the spring loom outside. Its certainly light enough to carry a few steps with help.
Directly outside the doors looks like this in summer (I saw the house in July but this picture is from the listing photos, so not our patio furniture.)
Then autumn after we moved in....
Then more recently, a true winter scene....
So that just leaves spring to come and now that we've passed the winter solstice, its on the way!
As of January 8th, 2017 I will be celebrating nine years (that's a 9 !) of keeping this blog, my Thrums Journal. I traditionally have a little give-away to celebrate. I have a selection of weaving samples from some of my past projects that you will recognize from past posts.
So... weavers: please leave a comment, with an email address, on this post AND/ OR the next NY's Day post, and you will be entered to win (only one entry per weaver). Some visitors say they have difficulty leaving messages: click on the word 'comment' at the bottom of the post and then follow the instructions. There is a delay seeing your message as I have enabled comment moderation to eliminate some nasty spam (which you really don't want to see!). If this somehow doesn't work for you, click on my email address at my profile and send me a note with your message, name and address and I'll add you in later.
The draw will be held on January 8th, 2017 and the winner will be posted here. So check back to see if you won! Its not done high tech... literally names written on slips of paper, shaken up and then one drawn. There will be a handwoven sample from projects of anything from 4 shafts to 16 shafts plus project notes. Good luck!