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Life Changes

February Frost.
February Frost.

Changes are coming, I hope this year.  I can’t see them all clearly yet, but I’m moving forward, hopeful that things will fall into place, and new opportunities will be found.

The end of 2015 was approaching, and I had been making plans for the coming year,… the Northwoods Art Tour again, Artistree Gallery, and Art Gypsies.  I had just joined The Textile and Fiber Arts List, and my Shuttle Works Studio shop on Big Cartel had just opened.

And then the phone rang,… it was my Dad calling to tell me he had fallen and fractured his left arm radius and middle finger.  This was his second health issue in the past year.

The night before I drove down, the decisions began,… the first one, to finally put my northwoods rustic log home up for sale in the spring and move back to southern WI to be closer to my father.  I have spent these  past 24 years enjoying silence, the sound of wind in the trees, sights and sounds of the wildlife.  I am so thankful for the life I’ve had here.

I drove down and stayed two weeks to help out, do laundry, cook, and clean, went home for Christmas, then back down for another two weeks until he was pronounced nearly healed.

Thankfully, his arm is now healed and he is bowling again and looking forward to spring and golfing and gardening.  Dad also made the decision while I was visiting, that after I have moved back, he will sell his home and move in with me, a suggestion I’d made quite awhile back.

When my mother passed away four years ago, Dad, who will be 89 this year, was a little worried about what would happen to him.  I assured him I would take care of him.  He likes his independence, likes to come and go as he pleases, and pursue his interests – golfing, bowling, and gardening, so he continued living on his own as he wanted.      The two of us in one home will allow him to continue this.

The decision to move was quickly followed by others.  With no idea when my home will sell, when I’ll be moving, I couldn’t stay on the Northwoods Art Tour.  They print 50,000 brochures which are distributed all over WI and northern IL, and I could not, in good conscience, be listed on there with even a slim possibility of not being here for the summer and/or fall tours.

Given the amount of work to be done on the house, preparing to move, packing and so on, time for weaving will be limited, which meant leaving Artistree Gallery at the end of March 2016, and not being part of the Art Gypsies art show/sale this year.  Cutting ties with groups of people I have been part of for 16 years or so has not been easy.  I’m feeling rather adrift right now, leaving this life behind, and as yet, nothing to be part of at my future home.  I am looking at possibilities for 2017.  For now, my online shop will be the outlet for my work, and I’ll be adding scarves to it in a few weeks.

Kitchen updating in progress.
Kitchen updating in progress.

So, we are busy now, doing some work on the house, and I’m busy starting to clear out 40 years of stuff and clutter, determined to not take all of this with me.  Of course, I will be taking the looms, spinning wheels, yarns, fibers, books, fabric, and so on.   Don’t ask how many bins and drawers.  Let’s just say the movers won’t be happy!  Studio contents, a lot of books, and a few pieces of furniture I want to keep will be on the moving van, not a lot else.

I’ve finally begun the huge task of sorting through drawers, closets, bins, boxes, almost a lifetime of belongings.  Wondering how much I can let go of without experiencing a huge amount of guilt.

I’m keeping an eye on homes for sale, looking for one with plenty of “elbow room” for the two of us, and room for my weaving studio, not to easy to find.  Realtors show me homes with a small family room, “you could put your loom in here,…” they really have no clue!  Now, I have photos of my looms on my tablet so they can see them and understand the size of looms and space I’m talking about.

Time to move on and create a new life, move into a new future.

Northwoods Art Tour ~ Fall 2015

The Fall Northwoods Art Tour took place, Fri. – Sun., Oct. 9-11, 2015.  Both attendance an sales were quite a bit better than the summer tour.  Sharing my weaving interests and talking with visitors to Shuttle Works Studio is most enjoyable!

Glimakra countermarche loom.
Glimakra countermarche loom.

Studio visitors ask questions!  When and where did you learn to weave?  How long have you been weaving?  How does the loom work?   This is your studio, is it also your home?   Do you live here all year?  Wow!

Woven shibori scarf with free-stitched design.  (SOLD)
Woven shibori scarf with free-stitched design. (SOLD)

Then visitors ask about what I weave, and how is it done?  I keep a scarf and a sample, in progress, to help them understand the woven shibori process.  The scarf above, is the third scarf I’ve done with a plain weave area that is then hand-stitched with a design, off-loom, before dyeing.  A weaving friend purchased this scarf a few days before the art tour, and graciously allowed me to keep it in the studio until after the tour; it is in her possession now.  A new customer liked it so much, she ordered something similar for herself, leaving the design and details to me.

Glimakra single unit drawloom.
Glimakra single unit drawloom.

Visitors are also fascinated by the single unit drawloom, and how it works.  “You must have a lot of patience,” is often heard when they they see it demonstrated.

New woven shibori scarves for sale during the art tour.
New woven shibori scarves for sale during the art tour.

Happily, most of the woven shibori scarves and batik runners were sold during the art tour.

More woven shibori scarves.
More woven shibori scarves.

Here, the warping mill doubles as a display rack for more scarves and three or four “rag” (batik) table runners.

Dried lavender sachets.
Dried lavender sachets.

I had a nice stack of woven shibori samples, pieces left from the ends of warps, along with indigo-dyed PFD cotton swatches that I use to “test” the vat before immersing the handwoven scarves.  I’d thought about what I might do with them, and decided, three days before the art tour, to make sachets.  Muslin squares were stitched together, filled with dried lavender, and hand-stitched closed.  Then the outsides were rotary cut, machine sewn, the inside “lavender pillow” placed inside, and the outside was hand-stitched closed.  The fragrance is wonderful!  Several sold, a couple friends each received two, and now I need to stitch up more and take them to Artistree Gallery in Land O’ Lakes, along with new woven shibori scarves that are in the process of being woven.

Autumn view, from my loom.
Autumn view, from my loom.

I tried to catch the view from my loom, looking towards the lake, but couldn’t get a good photo through the screen, so,…

My view of the lake and autumn trees.
My view of the lake and autumn trees.

I stepped out onto the porch, walked to where my loom bench is, an took this photo,… Torch Lake, and woods in autumn.

Looking west from the end of the lakeside porch.
Looking west from the end of the lakeside porch.

The oak tree leaves are particularly brilliant and colorful this fall.  Maple, birch, and other leaves a bit less so, and they lost their leaves quickly.  The contrast between the evergreens, colorful leaves, and blue sky is beautiful!

Now, it is time to get back to my loom, weave many more scarves, sew more sachets, an of course, begin “sock season.”  A few orders came in, along with a scarf order, so I have many weeks of work ahead of me,  I will also be trying woven shibori as a garment before too long, and I am really looking forward to that!

Sarah Zindel, Celtic Wolf Studio, jewelry artist.
Sarah Zindel, Celtic Wolf Studio, jewelry artist.

My daughter, Sarah Zindel, Celtic Wolf Studio, was my guest artist on the fall art tour.  She demonstrated shaping of stones an enjoyed discussing jewelry and stones with our many visitors.

Sarah Zindel's jewelry  displayed for sale.
Sarah Zindel’s jewelry displayed for sale.

Sarah currently specializes in variations on “Tree of Life” designs, along with necklaces made from stones and fossils collected along the Lake Superior shore.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable art tour, an we’re looking forward to welcoming people to our studios in 2016!