This is what I usually refer to as The Studio. This is the room where I teach classes, sew, have my table for cutting out, serving scones, stretching lace, and all the other things that a table is so useful for. As I result my table is cleared off daily and immediately reclutters itself with whatever I happen to be trying to get my head around at the current moment. In fact, at the current moment, my table holds yarn for a sweater I am designing, wool dyed fabrics that I am using to design bags in order to use up the huge mountain of rug wool in the cellar, a coffee cup, a cup full of needles, a thimble and an old fashioned pin cushion. The fireplace is the only nonfunctional object in this room. Everything else is both beautiful and useful....even the clock will work if you wind it up.
This is the non-classroom area of the studio. This is where the big honking production loom lives. A loom, sort of like a wood working bench or a table saw, actually takes up about twice as much room as its actual size since you need to have working space all around it. When this photograph was taken I had just added this beautiful wall of storage and the loom room was looking pretty spacious. However.....I have fallen backwards in the organization department and currently this room looks a bit...well...let's just say worse. My estimable assistant Martha Mai is in the midst of organizing me and has made great inroads so that the part of the storage wall closest to the door is, in fact, looking pretty good right now. I'll post more pictures when she has finished up her organizational magic.
About a year ago I recklessly purchased about 150 pounds of rug wool from a lovely mother/daughter team that I found on Craig's List. The price was very good, but 150 lbs of rug wool will make a pile as big as your couch, which was more than I anticipated. Over the last year I have been making things with the rug wool....things like the braided rug wool baskets, wool coasters, and recycled wool bags, mats and pillows. And I have also been continuously running some of the rug wool through the dye pots in order to give myself beautiful colors to work with. Here is some photographic eye candy to show you some of the results. These photos were taken by my talented assistant and niece, Martha Mai. She has recently come to help me in the studio, and has been an inspiration. More on that later......