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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!