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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas on Beekman Street

Our first holiday season on Beekman Street is a lot of fun.... Neighbors and friends stop in to see our handwoven scarves and ties, bags and caps; perfect accessories for the special people in your life! We are open through Dec 23, then closed for a few days, and open again on Weds. Dec 3o to get ready for First Nite which happens of course, Dec 31. We'll be open then 10 am till 9 pm with kids crafts, weaving demos, and lots of hot cocoa and cookies to warm you up. Come join us!January 2nd is First Saturday and we'll be open late again, serving wine and cheese and showing off our latest creations. Winter hours starting in the New Year will be Wednesdays through Saturdays 10- 5. Hope to see you soon! Happy New Year!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Studio Visitors- Happy Thanksgiving!

Nieces and nephew visiting from Virginia, modeling our newest creations....Happy Thanksgiving one and all!

Our nephew John Gabe comes to visit from Virginia, he's a natural weaver!

Monday, November 23, 2009

1st Annual Holiday Open House Dec 5-6 2009

Please join us for our 1st Annual Holiday Open House
Saturday and Sunday December 5 and 6, 2009.
Hours: Saturday 12/5: 10am-8pm and Sunday 12/6: 12pm -4pm.
We're celebrating our first holiday season as part of the Beekman Street Arts District!
Come join us for wassail and cookies, weaving demonstrations, and special sales on our handwoven clothing and accessories, perfect for gift-giving.
Hope to see you soon! Happy Holidays from frittelli & LOCKWOOD at Textile Studio!

Great Gift Idea for that special woman in your life.... a handwoven bamboo scarf from frittelli & LOCKWOOD at Textile Studio, 143 Grand Ave at Beekman Street, Saratoga Springs NY

Great Gift Idea for that special man in your life..... a handwoven shirt in cotton and bamboo fiber, handwoven scarf in silk and chenille. Come see our collection at Textile Studio, 143 Grand Ave at Beekman Street, Saratoga Springs NY.

Friday, September 18, 2009

FALL UPDATE: Looms with a View

Getting closer to a good "After" shot.... still have the porches to finish. We want to face the posts and add the period details- still have the originals in the basement. Hope to get to that project this fall... meanwhile we're busy prepping for our upcoming shows both near and far:

Sept 26,27 Washington County Fairgrounds Greenwich NY I'll be weaving on a floor loom using alpaca yarns and displaying a collection of our handwoven clothing and accessories.

Oct 24,25 Proctors Northeast Fine Craft show.
432 State Street, Schenectady NY

Oct 30-Nov 1 Smithsonian Trunk Show at the National Building Museum, Washington DC

November 6-7, 4th Annual Albany Holiday Studio Sale
Friday 5pm - 9pm Saturday 10am - 5pm 725 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY
A Splendid Show and Sale of Art & Craft held in a gracious 1895 mansion near Washington Park, the 4th Annual Albany Holiday Studio Sale benefits the programs of The Woman's Club of Albany. Part of Albany's 1st Friday. Admission and parking are free, and the artisan-themed Spotted Dog Cafe will serve refreshments and light fare and desserts. More info and artist interviews:

Nov 20-22 Marlboro, MA Paradise City Arts Festival, Royal Plaza Trade Ctr, Marlboro MA

Dec 11-13 CraftBoston at the Cyclorama, Tremont St, Boston, MA

Here is the front of the gallery with some of our menswear and womens' jackets. We're still playing with display trying to balance comfortable retail space with work space.

Here's a loom with a view! This is the end of a black bamboo warp that I wove shawls on. Next warp will be cream bamboo for shawl orders that I took at the Evanston IL show late summer (

Here's how we've set up our gallery and weaving space in the front part of the building. This is an old button attacher that works well with our necktie display. We're hoping a visitor will recognize this machine and show us how to use it

Amejo Amyot ( got us all going to install bike racks at various businesses along the Arts District. She designed a basic structure to which we each add an element that relates to our business. We attached an industrial shuttle to the top- our "Flying Shuttle."
I LOVE riding my bike to work these glorious fall days- I stuff the panniers with my paperwork, lunch, and weaving slippers and off I go.

Well, it's about time to add a new post!
We've been open for a couple months now. Last Saturday, we joined in the festivities of the WEST SIDE CELEBRATION. Artists and musicians filled the streets of the Arts District and food vendors served sausage and pepper rolls and cannoli's. We put a tent of sample sale items outside and Claire served lemonade and hot chocolate. Our county supervisor, Joanne Yepsen ( started her fall campaign so we agreed to advertise a bit for her. She has done a great deal for the West Side and the Arts District in particular. Thank you, Joanne, we'll be rooting for you!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

We're Open!

We are officially OPEN! The city has approved our space and we get a C.O. on July 8, 2009 exactly 1 year and 8 months from when we purchased the building in November 2007. It has been a long haul and we are so thankful to be here!

Richard proudly displays the first yardage woven in our new studio.

We have Visitors

Not really a visitor... daughter Claire plays dress up in our accessories and poses at our new entrance way.

Our friend Dorothy Price, a retired clothing designer from New York gives us lots of encouragement.

My college friend Marsha Pritchard visits from Colorado. She's looking for land in Washington County. As a kitchen and bath designer, she's seen it all and is very helpful with advice about how to work with a shall-we-say difficult contractor.

Peter Harrison, a furniture designer from Galway, checks in on our progress. You can see his gorgeous pieces at

Final Stages

Mitch and Darrell finish up the pipe railings, seems like there are miles of them. The rainy weather is not helping finish up this job!

We have a sign made up with our new "dba" name. Love the font on this and it will read well from the street.

Since code requires we have a smooth walk from sidewalk to ADA ramp, we decide to have other concrete walks as well to front entrance and from driveway
to Beekman porch entrance. More dirt piles....

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Settling In

I'm weaving in our new space! Feels good to treadle a loom
again even though we're still in unpacking mode. Where did I pack
the tape measures??

Schuyler walks over from the High School after Regents exams to
help unpack yarns and wash windows. What a good son!
Notice the rainbow effect of the yarn shelf...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Trying to get a good "After" shot, not quite there yet till the porch gets finished up. But we're making progress. The final stages just seem to crawl....we're so ready to be done with this project and get back to work!!

Here's our finished ramp- waiting now for another concrete pour for steps, then metal railings will be installed. It was nice to have the ramp for the load-in with 500 lb. looms on dollies.

We've Moved!! By June 1st, all the heavy looms, sewing machines, and equipment gets moved in. Richard and I and many van/trailer loads finish the job 3 days later. How did we ever accumulate so much stuff in 8 short years?!?

Gary finishes up the wood trim end of May. We love the accent blocks at the corner with contrast grain. This is the front gallery space which will feature our clothing and accessories. We'll display some knockout pieces in the triple window for all the diners at The Local across the street to notice!

Wainscotting in the back cutting room, salvaged wood from 19th century buildings. We'll put a light coat of poly sealer on it. I think this is going to be my favorite room because of the north light and all the windows....

Saturday, May 16, 2009

"I could have danced all night!"

A corner of the front gallery space. It absolutely glows!

Nick and Gary are finishing up the flooring in the back room which will house our cutting table.
We only wish that we didn't have to cover any square footage with equipment. This floor is meant for dancing!!

Gary arrives to install the gorgeous floor boards he salvages
from old Pennsylvania barn beams. He fabricates tongue and groove lengths from these strips,
then finishes them with 3 coats of poly before installing them. We love his artistry as much as his 200 year old reclaimed flooring.

Monday, May 4, 2009

An Exciting Day at 143 Grand!

Sam has been doing a fabulous job on both interior and
exterior painting. As you can see, there is some fussy
detail on our trim. We are making good progress with
good painting weather this spring... let's hope it continues.
We've been waiting for Jeff to be available for the pour.
He's been working non-stop on a hotel in Lake George set
to open May 1st with 400 guests booked for the first night!

Cement truck arrives onsite to pour the ramp.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Siding and Trim

Starting to look like something! We're happy with the
soft teal siding and mustard trim. It's going to get complicated
when we get to the frieze boards and dentils high above.
We're playing with color samples now trying to stay one step ahead of the painter...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Some neighbors and friends....

This is Michelle LaLonde, owner of Mimosa Gallery at 70C
Beekman Street. She has fabulous taste and we asked her
to help us with color selection for the interior walls. We are going
with different shades of light yellowish to blueish greens, from spring willow
to pistachio. You can see her lovely collection of objects for home at Thank you, Michelle!!

This is Amejo Amyot sitting in the front gallery of her
79 Beekman Street studio. We call her the "Diva of Beekman Street"
because she started this whole movement of local artists
renovating run-down buildings in the area and using them
for live and work spaces. We credit her with inspiring us to undertake
this project many years ago....You can see her work and upcoming
events at Thank you, Amejo!!

Front facade facing Grand Ave. Need to add another
shed roof portion on the right to balance. Metal roof to match
original is ordered and on it's way.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Mud Season!

Front porch and entry way starting to take shape.

Front stoop poured and back filled. Will we ever
find the front yard again?!

Walls for the Basement entry doors are set.

Friday, March 20, 2009

More Drywall, More Taping

Back room downstairs facing the interior of the building

Pretty purple drywall in the bathroom

Taping upstairs on its way

Old stairway needs a lot of TLC!