Here’s a round-up of what’s going on this week.
In the new studio…
One shelf unit has been removed and another is “pending removal” but it looks as though the very large shelf unit right in the middle of the room will be around for a while. Did I mention that the shelves were built in situ? It reminds me of the first bed we bought, which wouldn’t go up the stairs in our tiny two-up-two-down. The Bookers got into self assembly furniture on day two of their life together…
Anyway, the large unit is 3.8 metres long and extremely sturdily put together. 3.8 metres! It is far too long to get out of the door in one piece, but is so well-constructed that it would require some serious work to split it into two. However, with the smaller units gone, the large one is much less of a problem. It divides the room into two areas and, fortunately, the side where I want to put the looms is more than wide enough for them.
This is what it looked like immediately after small-shelf-removal and with the first piece of equipment moved in:
The broom has since been joined by mop and bucket, which had a thorough workout yesterday, and a sack of cement mortar which has been employed to fill the larger gaps in the floor. Today we are leaving the mortar to dry and our backs to recover. In a few days we are going to start painting the floor, but for now I am measuring all the bits of furniture in the loom room and planning how to arrange them — definitely one of the more enjoyable parts of moving!
For the Open Studios…
Meanwhile, preparations for the Open Studios continue and I am at the stage of having a load of things half done.
I’ve got a pile of half-mounted samplers,
a warp with one scarf just hem-stitched and one more to weave,
an apparently endless mug rug warp,
and the beginning of a pile of buttons made from samples.
One pile which is decreasing at a satisfactory rate is the pile of brochures and postcards — this is all I have left from the first box:
A pile which has stopped decreasing is the pile to be fringed… I am in denial.