Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thank You!

By Leigh

........ to Charlotte, for this lovely award......

The wonderful thing about the internet is that friendship can truly be sent around the world.

In turn, I would like to pass it on to Susan, Mim, Bonnie, Deepend, and Jane.

Posted 30 June 2009 at http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com

Friday, June 26, 2009

Unveiling My Studio Set-Up

By Leigh

This is actually a duplicate post. I published almost the exact same thing on my homesteading blog because it's appropriate for both blogs, though for different reasons. That part of my life is certainly demanding most of my attention these days, but I am still a weaver and fiber person at heart.

After a lot of thought and some trial & error, I've finally settled on a set-up for my studio. This was formerly the "sun room," claimed as my studio on first sight.

The room is long and narrow, about 9.5 by 20 feet, and this presented some challenges. My loom takes up roughly 6 by 5.5 feet worth of floor space, so where to put it took some deliberation. I finally decided to start with it near the living room entrance, as the width of the double French doors afford a little room there.

Part of the problem is having enough floor space to walk around all sides of the loom. With this set-up I have 18 inches of space in back of the loom, and 20 inches on the left side. I'm going to work with this awhile, and if it's not adequate I'll make adjustments.

The long tube on the floor behind the loom is a reed holder. It was handy previously, but it's in the way now. I'll have to come up with another way to store my reeds.

To the right of the loom I left the floor open, and used a book shelf to define both studio and office space for myself without blocking the windows.

All of my spinning, dyeing, knitting, crochet, sewing, and design books are on those shelves, along with a few weaving books and a box or two of equipment. Behind the bookshelf .....

.... is just enough space for my desk and computer (currently both in DH's addition.)

This will be my "office" area.

That's not a permanent home for my warping board, just a handy place to keep it. Eventually the closet will be replaced with more shelves.

My Sterilite stackable drawers (full of weaving yarns) are in front of the door which goes out to the screened in front porch. Though I like the idea of being able to use this door, I really don't need it. In the corner between the closet and my stackables is my tri-loom and raddle.

These shelves were left in the house. I was able to get a lot of my yarns out of boxes and stashed here. I really like being able to have at least some of my yarns visually handy.

The other little shelf unit contains most of my weaving books and is handy for my bobbin winder. Hopefully the space between this shelf and the loom will be adequate for entering and exiting the rest of the room.

The rest of my stash: weaving yarns, handspun yarns, commercial knitting yarns, and all my fleeces and other spinning fibers, (as well as my sewing machine, serger, and dye equipment) are in the spare room.

Being a "try it and see" sort of person, I figured that the only way to know how well this Hopefully I'll have something to show you on that front soon.

Posted 26 June 2009 at http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Good News For The Blue Ridge Handweaving Show

By Leigh

One of the perks of being a guild president is getting an early inside scoop for certain fiber happenings. If you receive any of the major fiber magazines, then you have likely heard of the Blue Ridge Handweaving Show. I know some of you have entered it in the past, because I've seen your work. You may or may not know that was started by and continues to be supported by my guild.

There have been some exciting developments for the show that I can't help but want to share with you all.

One thing is the location. For the past several years we have been tucked away in the little gallery of the Asheville School. But starting in 2010, the BRHS will have a new home at the North Carolina Arboretum. This means more exposure to the public, a larger gallery to display in, and tons more visitors. It's an exciting step for us.

The second thing is that the show is expanding. In the past it's been strictly a weaving show, but starting next year, it will become the Blue Ridge Fiber Show. The first two categories to be added will be spinning and felting. Again, an exciting step forward.

The committee is enthusiastically at work on all of this. So keep an eye out for the ads. And consider entering next year.

Posted 11 June 2009 at http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Studio Progress

By Leigh

I have no progress to report on the socks, even though I got some very helpful suggestions to my problem. However, I made some headway in setting up my studio.

I decided that the first order of business would be to assemble my loom. Since it is large and the room is narrow, it's placement will determine where I put everything else.

When I was packing, I thought I was being very clever to set the loom handbook and set-up video aside, so as not to pack them away and be unable to find them when I needed them. Unfortunately, with all the moving mess, I don't have a clue as to where they are. *sigh*

Posted 4 June 2009 at http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com

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