They volunteered to come and ended up coming two different days to work on the overgrown mess. Besides, with their great sense of style, they helped make the room look that much better with a few well placed nails and pictures that had been languishing in boxes.
|Floor covered with stuff, unable to think or work here.|
I could hardly walk to the loom let alone weave. Everything was stacked up, over the allowable maximum. At least I was knitting and still doing the teaching so that my mind still felt a little like a weaver.
My Sisters and Mom worked for hours and help me organized, throw away excess (sorry Annette I still have problems letting go of my stuff), and making my place presentable. I even got the risers on my stairs scrubbed clean and white (I could kiss you feet for this one Annette). I had not done any work on the risers, "the knot holes are bleeding through the paint, I will clean them up when I get some paint, brushes, tape off..." any excuse not to do it.
|Now the floor is clear, you can walk in without fear of injury.|
|Even the loom is cleared off, and I have actually been weaving!|
The Guild visit was wonderful, there were still several things stashed into other rooms with the doors closed. My son said it was false advertizing to make people think we usually live that tidy, but I was so happy to have my studio back that I didn't care.
The space is not as great as the pictures show now, I have continued going through additional "just put it here" boxes and have even managed to throw away some pieces. (When am I going to knit that pattern that looks so 80's? I didn't like the look when it was in. Why am I keeping the whole magazine when I just bought it for this one article?) I even found a box full of framed textile pieces.
|The hallway outside the studio|
After my sisters left, I found the box with lots of framed work and I redid that wall outside the studio.
|Still have the Navajo picture, but added some more.|
On the next row I have a little painting of sheep that I bought at the Park City Art Festival several years ago, Mom's photo of the spinner and a card that I got showing a back-strap weaver.
On the bottom is a wonderful piece made in Peru that I bought at the Textile Museum in DC. It shows a back strap weaver at the bottom, and workers shearing the sheep, washing it and dyeing the yarn. The materials used are a great combination of anything they had available, often in wild colors. The other piece is a fillet work lace piece. I have collected fillet work for a while, mostly to put up as a valance in the living-room, but I also have some smaller pieces like this one and a couple of table coverings.
So now the wall outside my studio is as covered as the walls in the room. I just keep pinning, hanging, and finding things that inspire me that I need to have on the walls. For some people my walls are probably over crowded, but they show the many things I have been interested in and the many things I would like to do, but probably will not have time to do.