Placemats | Baby Blankets |Couch Throws | Scarves | Shawls | Garments

I confess. I am a fiberholic of the worst kind. My "stash" currently consists of between 1500 and 2500 pounds. In my defense, I do go through in the neighborhood of 800 to 1000 pounds of yarn in making the placemats, rugs, scarves, shawls and blankets that I sell each year. What started out about 12 years ago as a "nice little hobby" has grown into a full fleged obsession.

I purchased my first "real" loom in November of 1994 and taught myself to weave using, of all things, a correspondence course. It was very well written and the step-by-step instructions were easy to follow. It also included information on yarn terminology and color complement and contrast. The first loom was a Leesburg 4 harness counterbalance rug loom. It has been "old faithful" and has produced countless rugs and placemats. It was a very good choice for a "starter" loom (quite by accident, I will admit) as it does the full spectrum of woven work from the very fine napkins and overshot placemats to the heaviest of rugs and I have only had to replace a few cables that hold the harnesses. I refer to it as the first "real" loom because, as a lot of my generation know, the first loom most of us experienced was the little, square and usually metal potholder loom. The later generations have seen the same thing in plastic.

After I realized that the rug loom was limited by its width (only 36 inches), and I found an outlet for my products, I started considering a larger loom. When I was investigating my first loom purchase, I strongly considered and AVL. For reasons of price, space and I wasn't sure I would enjoy weaving, we decided to start a little smaller. But the AVL was always in the back of my mind. So, when I began considering a loom capable of making blankets, the thought of an AVL was overpowering. I used their website to spec and price what I thought I wanted and it was way out of reach. I happened to look in the "Equipment for Sale" section of the current Handwoven magazine and saw an ad for a 60" AVL that was located in Southern IL. That was close enough to drive over and get it instead of having to pay to have it packed and shipped (saving many $$ in shipping costs). We went to pick it up in early November of 1999, but didn't have the studio space prepared till April of 2000. We turned the dining room into the new weaving studio. Who needs a dining room, anyway.

Since then, I have acquired 2 Baby Wolf portable looms for teaching and demonstrations and a 48" 16 harness AVL that has not been assembled, yet. You see, as my husband pointed out, "the next loom will cost $50,000 because we will have to add on to the house" was a true statement and we are in the process of finishing the addition so I can use the old master bedroom for some of the looms.

I have also started to weave fabric for garments. I have been working with several designers and seamstresses to come up with the best use of the fabric in styles that are attractive and appeal to a broad group of customers.

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