Making Progress

After a number of warm sunny true-Spring days, today we’re back to a quintessential Pacific Northwest pattern of cool, breezy, drippy morning morphing into a windy, sunny afternoon. Two days in one — it’s a good way to enjoy the idea of living twice as long.

Progress on several fronts last week — with my friend Marcia-the-woodworker I worked out the design and most details of wall-mounted racks here in my studio to hang finished pieces, as well as free-standing, portable ones to take elsewhere for shows. Made the decision to name my business “RainShadow Textiles” instead of merely using my name which says nothing about what’s involved or what I do. Now I need to attach that name to my website, and get the site itself updated almost entirely. Beginning that this week, which entails substantial re-writing of text and selection of new images.

Loom work itself seems to be on hold while I complain mightily about probably having to change my warping process for the new loom. Front-to-back isn’t going to work, due to the structure of the loom. I’ve always done it this way, and am feeling whiney and petulant at the likelihood that I’m going to have to learn a whole new process (back-to-front) that seems quite frankly illogical to me. My only hope right now is a friend here on Whidbey who I believe mentioned some time ago a front-to-back method she uses which I vaguely remember was different from mine. I’ll phone her tomorrow and find out.

I’m going to emulate Laura Fry’s practice of noting in her blog books she’s reading; it’s given me interesting things to track down. My hope is that mine will do the same for others.

Right now, I’m either reading or have just finished:

The World Without Us — Alan Weisman

Claiming Ground — Laura Bell

Listening Below the Noise — Anne LeClaire

Somewhere Towards the End — Diana Athill

The photo is another Peacock series scarf. Both images by Michael Stadler.
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