Tuesday, October 16, 2018

10 steps back, but there I go again!

10 steps back.... I was sick with a bad cold and Sinusitis for 5 weeks and felt rather worn out after that - though I have not been so sick in years so I won't complain ☺!
Before I got sick I managed to get a change made in my weaving room:

I had all my tapestry yarn in 60l storage boxes,
lined up against the wall and the side of the room
 in front of the windows.
Storage boxes looked great in the old studio and
I never noticed how much room they tok up, having enough space.

 In the room in the house I felt sandwiched between boxes and looms especially when looking for yarn as I needed extra space on the floor to take bins down - the yarn I wanted always being in a box further down the stack! :-)

Then I found these two cupboardsin a second hand shop. They both fitted exactly into the space,
and are half as wide as the storage boxes were.The doors have melanite plastic inserts, which do
not reflect as badly as glass.
It took quite some time to transfer all the yarn to the shelves, - actually I did not think that I would fit all into it, but I did!
- and it is very nice to have more room and see all the colours... now just find time to weave ...

Unfortunately I missed the best time to establish my small garden being sick all August and start of September. Luckily we are having showers inbetween and I'm trying to get as much as I can done. Pics about that next time!

Keep well and creative :-)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Gym Surprise

  The most difficult thing about moving my studio was, that the big rug loom had to be taken apart since it is too wide to go through a door. I had been lucky as my daughter said she and her husband would help as for safety it needs 3 people. It turned out that hubby was not a "Handy man" and did not like to be part of this, - but we managed to get it all done.
In the meantime I have been told that I had expected too much when I was hoping for more help after moving in and that SonIL did not want to have to do anymore or be bothered with me and following they would cut the connection. Which they did ! I did not argue or object - so be it!
One day I was out in the front of my new house when a young man came up and introduced himself as Christopher, Instructor from the Gym across the street from me - and added that if I needed help with anything to let him know.
I waited quite a while firstly to save up money to pay for the help and also worrying that he might not be so keen when it comes to the loom...,
In the end I did talk to him and asked if he could help to put my big loom back together again, also considering that it needed an extra person - one holding the left frame, the other the right frame and the third putting the beams in. Christopher said:"no problems"
He came with a mate and it did not take long to put the main things together and all went smoothly! Some of the bolts had gone missing in transit, - it is quite amazing how careful I packed, but they still went missing and we broke off there until I could get the bolts. Actually Christopher came back with bolts he got for me... wow! and now I am nearly finished, just putting the seat together and then the tie -up when I have more time. I thanked Christopher and asked how much money he wanted for helping - also for his mate, but he just laughed and said they did not want money, they had been happy to help! I am so grateful for the kindness! 3 cheers to the guys from the gym!!!

 The loom has 1.80 m working width, with 2 shafts  I will post more pics later when I have time to warp it and the studio is done, - still a lot of work to do~

Wishing you a good week, until next time
to be continued :-)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


Start of 2016 everyone on my side of the street I lived in, got notified that we would be relocated under the "renewal SA" scheme.
Firstly it was a shock, - having assumed i would live there to the end of my life,
loosing my garden, my studio and shade house... I managed to slowly turn this around to "a new start" but going through the process I soon lost any uplift I had tried to build up. It took ages and when finally another house was found which I was not really happy with - it took 3 months to find that the council did not give permission for a big shed to house my studio,
Back to sqare one. Because the newer properties all have small yards and space for my guide dog was absolutely necessary (guide dogs get trained to toilet at home since they should not do so on the street while working) the nexthouse was a compromise: a 3 bed house but a small shed - so that I could use the house for work too.
The housr is just great because it is very light, and divided by rooms which suits me well since that also divides work areas.
I moved in start of April 2017 and was totally lost with al rooms filled with packing boxes - just to get to some furniture boxes had to be put in the corridor .. it was a total difficult nightmare for me. It took me 8 months to learn to walk around the house and backyard like a sighted person. (I have tunnel vision - am legally blind) NOw after all this time I am supposed to get someone to help with the garden especially in front which is full of 3cornerd Jacks. and the house. If it happens it will be better than nothing I guess... It took nearly 5 months for my shed to be built - which turns out to be small ... I can only house one of my looms there.
I have not been well for a few months, but am getting good again slowly.
Wondering if I am not getting too old to start like this all over again (I am 73 )  :-)
Where there is a will there is a way, -
To be continued!
Best wishes for all your plans!