Sunday, March 16, 2008

A Dream Come True!!!

There are dreams and visions we all have for our lives. Although they often change as we get older, we find that it's when they are fulfilled, we are fulfilled. One of my dreams was fulfilled this Saturday and has inspired me for a whole new set of dreams. When I moved to Wurtsboro six years ago, I saw a town much like the one I grew up in. Small, quaint, antique-y, historic.....the only thing that was missing in Wurtsboro was life. It is a town located in Sullivan County which was hopping in the 60's, a matter of fact the Woodstock Music Festival in 69 was held just a couple miles up the road. So what happened? The city folk stopped coming up and the area got well.......tired. The great thing that we are seeing today is a revival of the arts in this area. This very well may be due to the rising gas cost and travel to other states? Or perhaps people are just realizing that the arts, no matter what kind, are the most amazing source of outlet and expression. It seems to me that Wurtsboro is starting to become a thriving community. Although not all businesses make it, there are a few which I honestly believe put Wurtsboro on the map. Canal Towne Emporium, for one, is a landmark in Wurtsboro. We recently had the opening of the Red Eft in town, our third art gallery!!! How cool is that. I don't think the main stretch is even a mile long and has three art galleries!!! Wow.

So, what is the dream, you ask? Well, a lot of the buildings on Sullivan Street, the main stretch, have large store front windows. I have dreamed of weaving in one of them. It happened on Saturday at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance. I sat in the front window and gave a weaving demonstration!!! My cup runneth over!!! Wooo hoo!!! I had a nice crowd of people and LOTS of questions and even a few folks that were willing to give it a go!!! I am sitting here typing and grinning ear to ear. As the hamsters in my head run on their little wheels (not real ones), I am being filled with more hopes and dreams for Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio and where we will go as a company.

With three members, Ursula, Christina, and myself, we are looking for ways of making more hand made products. We have already met our quarter goals, which means I will be weaving MUCH MORE!!! (Screaming and clapping of hands here!!!!!!!!) Due to the outrageous demand for hand spun yarn that we have experienced, I have been spinning most of the time. Ursula and myself will continue to spin hand spun yarn but I will be weaving on a regular basis to restock what we sold last year. Some other excellent news is that Christina, our roving dyer, is taking weaving lessons from your truly!!! I LOVE to teach!!! Who knows, perhaps we will be offering hand woven rugs soon?!?!?!

I have plenty of pictures from the demonstration and hope to share them as soon as I get them from our wonderful photographer:) Thanks for reading!!!

Monday, March 3, 2008

The Long Awaited Update

With the holiday rush over, it has been time for us to prepare our 2008 season. We are planning on some really great shows this year and will be updating the events page on the main site with all of the information. Be sure to bookmark that page for times, dates, and, directions to our up coming shows.

Our first line up will be at the Wurtsboro Art Alliance in Wurtsboro, N.Y. on March 15th 2008 from 12noon to 4pm. I will be demonstrating rug weaving on an antique Weaver's Friend Counterbalance Loom. It was my first loom and has been sitting for quite some time unused. I'm very excited to bring it down to the gallery, get it dressed, and weave a rag rug on it.

We may possibly also be going 'on tour' in the Hudson Valley to a chain of retirement homes which are open to the public with our yarn selection but will have more information on that as the time gets closer. Again, stay posted to the events page:)


As you can see by the pictures from Etsy on this blog page, we have resorted to keeping the Etsy store stocked with our hand spun yarns. I may possibly open a second Etsy store for handwoven items in September......again, stay posted;)


Here is a picture of the latest weaving project.

This is a waffle weave variation using silver and gold tencel in a double wide scarf. Once it was off the loom and finished, the waffle weave gave just a slight amount of texture. The tencel gave this stole a wonderful shine, a silky drape, and it is super light. And........it has already sold;)