Crazy as a Loom

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Looking back.

As I am getting ready for my big OPEN HOUSE and SALE on October 11th, in an attempt to
downsize and streamline Crazy as a Loom, I find myself thinking about a lot of different things.

I am remembering how I started this business, and how I felt when I bought the studio.


This seems like a lifetime ago.  It was such a mess.
Thank God I had a vision.



I started today with one room, going through drawers and cupboards, sorting cones of thread, trying to get all the SALE stuff together.  I figure one room today, another tomorrow.....then we'll move on to the "old pantry" which doubles as a half bath, and fabric storage, and then the LOFT, which is a nightmare of goodies to be sorted.
I will putter with it the rest of this week, then on Monday, Lois and I will dig in.
Then my friends Sue and Kathy, fellow weavers, will come on Thursday to make the final push.......setting it all up.
I have over 600 cones of yarn/thread, so display will be a challenge.

This is just the TIP of the iceberg.



While at the show this weekend, a previous student of mine stopped by my booth, and told me that SHE will be teaching classes at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne, NY.  The other weaving teacher at the school is also one of my previous students.
Wow.
I think that one of the most rewarding parts of my Crazy as a Loom adventure is that:  all the incredible passionate weavers out there that started with me.
Wow.

I should have kept track, had a list, but of course, I didn't.  Some of those weavers have become dear friends.

Then I remember how I started, taking an 8 weeks basic weaving course from a teacher with a bad attitude.
My salvation was that I was so stubborn, and learned on my own, and that I found a mentor, via the internet, my friend, Chris Gustin of Homestead Weaving.
I don't know what I would have done without her support.

In the end, my gratitude has translated into how I feel about teaching weaving.  I love that I have made a difference, even a little one.
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Hope you have all gotten my newsletter.....if not, I'll blatantly advertise here, and tell you that all rugs  (except the 4x6 and 5x7) are HALF PRICED through midnight October 7th.
Once you purchase, I will refund the 50% discount via Paypal.
Just in case you wanted to know.
Oh, and the baby blankets are on the web site, with more to come after the Open House.

And a mini trip to Maine.

7 comments:

Mary Ann said...

I love your rugs, how does one get to them online to see what is for sale? Thanks!

Hilary said...

www.crazyasaloom.com there are several rug pages.

Sharon said...

I am one of those you supported and helped to get off the ground. I will never have the breadth of your influrnce but I'm currently a mentor to a newbie weaver, paying it forward.

Tyche's Minder said...

Well, I've never even met you, but I consider you one of my weaving inspirations. :) Wish I were close enough to come to your sale or even take the rare class. I'd be there in a flash. And I love those before pics of your studio!

Hilary said...

That is so cool that your teaching have inspired others. I love that for you. Oh and not to mention how your strength inspires so many others. Enjoy Maine, my friend.

Shuttle, Hook and Needle said...

Nice to look back and see the progress on your "loom" house. That is what hooked me on your blog. Cats, looms and beautiful rugs. I wish I lived close enough to come visit and to your sale. What were the looms that you were selling?

Daryl said...

you are an inspiration not just to weavers ... and i know i would just sit and stare at those colors and drool

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