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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

My New Wool Workshop



 Here is my new wool workshop in the snow . Our new home has had snow since the Sunday after Thanksgiving and it is simply beautiful , but very cold. This shed was delivered in late September as a shell and my husband just finished insulating, wiring, sheet-rocking, and painting it. All for me, and well ... kind of for him too. I'd begun to set up my wool working items ~ looms, and lots of other stuff I need to work with the fleeces my sheep produce in his new garage / shop. It does not fit into our new home so where else was I going to put it ? My husband decided to give me a place to set up my wool works in a new little shed just off our driveway before you reach the house. This works for both of us and I am loving all the thoughtful and hard work he put into this. ( Most of this stuff was in a an upstairs hall landing and spare bedroom in our home at Cedar Pond.)
 As you walk in the front door of this little shop you can see an old hutch , shelves of wool fleeces, weaving shuttles, and other bits and bobs I use to weave , plus some items of comfort every workshop needs.
 My floor loom is in the front of my wool shop and why we chose this particular shed model with extra windows. The loom fits here with room for me to walk around it as I am warping ( threading) it and also affords me a lot of natural lighting.
 My husband installed shelving above the windows. I've placed some house plants from our previous home on it , along with baskets for storage. The windows to the right of the loom look out onto pasture where my sheep graze when there is grass instead of over a foot of snow.

 The shed has 2 lofts. This loft holds all my bins of handspun yarn, Wee Little Sheep ,fiber, and other products I've made from the wool of my sheep to sell. There are also bins containing supplies I need for the set-ups where I sell my items at bazaars and farmer's markets. I put a few pumpkins and squashes from last fall's harvest there to store for later use too , along with my dollhouses and misc. spools of yarn for weaving. My husband is going to make me a special ladder to keep here so I can access the lofts easily.

 We put an electric heater that looks like a woodstove in the corner . We did install fireboard around and underneath this electric heater so we can install a real woodstove later on. The teakettle is electric so I can brew tea, coffee , or hot chocolate whenever I desire. There is a table loom to the right of the heater I am in the process of warping.
 Anyone for tea ?
The door to the shop . I hung warps for weaving on pegs on the wall by the table loom.
I am so thankful for my new wool workshop . I never in a million years would have thought to have such a sweet little place to call my very own and plan to spend many hours happily busy weaving and crafting the wool of my spotted sheep , all the while striving to follow this admonishment ( and often failing) "But we urge you , brethren, to  excel still more , and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you may behave properly towards any outsiders and not be in any need." I Thessalonians 4: 10-12

21 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Kathy ~ What a wonderful wool workshop. It is so sweet, filled with light, made with love. I can see you spending many happy yours creating away in there.

That first photo with the falling snow looks so cold and your shop a lovely, little hideaway place to work in.

That scripture verse is a favorite of mine.

Happy February ~ FlowerLady

Mildred said...

I love your shop, Kathy. I am so happy for you. I love the windows and natural light and the coziness. Hope you have a lovely week.

Leigh said...

It's absolutely beautiful! So charming, so welcoming, so homey. I'm impressed! I know you must love being there - I would too. About how big is it?

Linda Sue McKinney said...

Kudos to your clever and generous husband - the wool shop is perfect! all that natural light and so well planned out. Super to get a chance to see where you work with

Debbie said...

Your husband is such an artist! And he gets things done so quickly! I was amazed to see the roominess in that nice building and you've used it so artfully and attractively. I imagine you are happy to have such a place. I'm happy for you.
We've hardly had any snow this year, and not all that cold either. I hope we have a mild Spring and Summer. I noticed my lilies had broken through the Fall leaves, but they'll figure out it's too early. Still, it won't be that long.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Oh, how absolutely lovely!! A perfect place to live out that Scripture verse.

Henny Penny said...

Your new little shop is perfect! I love all the windows and loft...2 lofts, and you have a knack for decorating and making a place beautiful, but warm and cozy. I have wanted a little building with a wood stove forever. I am so happy for you!

Lady Jane said...

What a marvelous place to weave! All the spaces are nicely used. All that wonderful light you have to weave by. Just perfect. So happy for you Kathy. Hugs, LJ

Lady Jane said...

whoops, had to mention that cute little dollhouse. lj

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Such a wonderfully cozy place of your own for wool working and stopping for tea with a friend.
Nicely set up with lots of light from all the windows, your husband was very kind in meeting your needs.
xx

Sandra Morris said...

Wow, I LOVE it!!! I want one :)

My Cottage Diary said...

Kathy, your new workshop looks fabulous and perfect! I've looked back at your posts since your return to blogging. Your new "digs" and grounds look wonderful, and Luna is a sweet addition. Congrats on your quick sale of Cedar Pond, and on your move to a beautiful place with plenty of room for Goth and his family and your other critters. You must not have a fear of bears? I love them, but personally, I would hate to meet one on a walk! At least they are hibernating now (I hope). Enjoy your new home and I'm so glad to learn you're blogging again. Blessings, Bess

happywonderer.com said...

It's definitely a sweet space that was thoughtfully put together.

joanne said...

Love the scripture reading, so appropriate. I also love your little workshop/playroom/tea table. You have set it up beautifully with all that natural light. Your hubby was such a sweetheart to do this for you! I'm so happy to see things are falling in place...a space for everything and everything in it's place!!

Goatldi said...

Adore you workshop! What a sweet place to pursue a favorite past time. Well done.

L. D. said...

It is a wonderful place to create and make. I am impressed with all of the things that you had to move to your new location.

Claire Moxon-Waltz said...

Wow, what a wonderful fibre studio - mine is in the basement, but remarkably, my basement has a lot of light because the former owner was a dressmaker. I am really lucky to have that space since my hubby has the garage and outbuilding for his spaces. I still spin in the living room though, for the natural light and the joy of watching nature. The looms live in the basement studio though.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, this is a wonderful studio, Kathy! I am so happy for you. You have set it up so nice and cozy, and so organized - all ready for many happy hours of pursuing your passions. I love the little front porch, too. Nice to take a break there with your cup of tea and look out on the beautiful scenery. I was so happy to see that you are blogging again. xx Karen

Lori Cagle said...

I love your studio workshop!! I am doing a similar shop for myself. What type of foundation did you put under yours? Lori

Karen said...

Looks like a Christmas card!

Connie said...

Kathy, I love your workshop! It seems like the perfect spot to meet your needs.