You've heard of an efficiency kitchen and an efficiency apartment and now I want to tell you about my efficiency studio. I have long bemoaned my LeClerc stuffed in the guest room dormer. The lightening is poor in the there and I barely have room to get around the loom when I'm weaving. Plus, it's a guest room and I'm loath to initiate a project that I can't finish quickly, because after all, it is a guest room.
I talked to Mim on the phone yesterday for about a half hour and we discussed my quandary. She was convinced there was room in the studio for it and offered to come over and help me figure it out. I dreamed about it last night and this morning was anxious to get to work. I cleaned up, rearranged and got rid of a couple chairs. Then I had Ian help me move in my third loom. Of course, I'll have to pull it out to warp it, but it's doable. My warping board is barely visible behind the utility table which holds my umbrella swift, sewing machine and bobbin and ball winders. I will have to pull out the table to use my drum carder but it's on casters.
This rolling work station is key. I can roll this to whichever loom I'm working on, and I can only work on one at time - lets face it! I've decided that I can also only occupy one weaving bench at a time so will only keep this one in the studio.
I don't have wall space to hang a warping board so it was important that whatever I did, I be able keep that wood crate by the door and still be able to get out the door. Does Charlie look a little annoyed to you?
This is how it works, and it works well, though I have to always remember that it's only balancing on the box. I've thought about nailing in a couple of brads to prevent it from sliding forward, but it's only done that a couple of times and I'm sure I would catch yarn on the brads more often than that.
The LeClerc bench is useful in the guest room. I can't get rid of the giant pillow yet, as when both Alexia and Kiernan spend the night, it protects Kiernan from her thrashing, kicking sleep. And neither one of them wants to give up the stuffed animals, even if Buster did eat one of the rabbit's eyes.
I worked hard to keep Charlie's sunny studio spot. He took his time, sniffing all around the room and then His Charlieness stalked off in indignation.
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