Everything for the weaver, spinner, knitter, felter and dyer...

Everything for the weaver, spinner, knitter, felter and dyer...

Thursday, October 3, 2013

In the eye of the beholder....

There are two floors here at Purple Fleece. Downstairs is the retail area with spinning wheels, fiber, yarns, needle felting, samples, other equipment, patterns, etc. Upstairs is the studio where our fiber groups meet, I weave and spin and dye, and where I teach. When someone new stops at the shop and I feel that there might be some interest in seeing the studio, I offer to take them upstairs and give them the tour. It always surprises me as to what they see and comment on.

For some people it's the looms and the weaving. They're drawn to color and texture. I often demonstrate a few shots of weaving to give them an idea of how it all happens.

For others, the first thing they comment on is the area where our groups meet and knit and spin and chat. It's pretty cozy with all the couches.

Others spot the great wheel and never notice the other smaller spinning wheels in the room despite the fact that it's tucked away behind a lot of other stuff.

...and then there's the dyeing area. People are a little surprised that I can do so much in such a small area.

All in all, the studio is my playground and where I make it all happen. It is funny to see what grabs someone.