Monday, November 30, 2015

Selling my AVL Loom

  I have sold my warping reel and the electric bobbin winder but the loom is still for sale.

While trying to sell this loom I got a little nostalgic.

I created handwoven clothing and accessories for over 25 years. I hand painted warps and mostly did plain weave. My first loom was a hand built 48" 4 harmless loom. It was made of oak using plans from a library book by my neighbor Gary and my friend Roger when I lived in Austin.   I know I have pictures of the loom just not loaded on the computer (that means actual photos that were probably printed at Walgreens) or I'd post it. Anyway I used that loom for many years. After I got married in 1985 my mother-in-law was so happy I was a weaver because her mother had been a weaver. Her Mom saved her egg money to buy a loom and have the "rug hut" built onto the farm house in Northern Wisconsin. The loom was a Newcomb loom, very heavy with cast iron and the warp beam had spikes on it to hold the rug. I was given that loom but I wasn't a rug weaver and it wouldn't work for fabric so I sold it. I started looking at different looms so I could "upgrade" and was taken by AVL looms and the fly shuttle. My mother-in-law ended up buying me the loom I wanted (my dream loom!) and I wove lots of yardage on that loom! This is the loom I have for sale and would be so happy if someone were to take it off my hands and use it as lovingly as I did! 

I almost want to weave again and create the clothing I used to weave cloth for and design.  But I know that's unrealistic for many reasons.

Here are some photos of some hand woven garments I created.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Picking Up The Pieces

Here are the highlights of this post:

Please buy my loom!
Send me encouragement to finish projects
Come and help me stitch and sew and bundle

Is that too much to ask?  lol!  Well these are my wishes for today.

I'm starting to create in the studio again, sort of.  I still have not sold my loom and it's taking up the entire top of my work table so I really need to get it out of there!  I am waiting to hear from AVL this week to see if they are willing to buy it back from me.  Of course it will be a hugely reduced price because they will refurbish it and then resell it.  I understand this but if anyone wants to buy this loom in great shape for a fabulously low price please let me know!!!  I have had it listed in area weaving guild newsletters, craigslist, Facebook, etc. No takers.  I loved this loom and worked on it for many years, took good care of it too.  I just know after over 25 years of weaving I'm done.

Once the loom is gone I can have some space back to work.  In the meantime I feel a little scattered.  I dye printed some papers and tags to bundle with the fabrics I have also botanical and dyed printed to sell.  I have all this gathered but am stuck on how to bundle it.  Why? So instead of working to figure it out I go on to the next project ........... 


which is designing upcycled garments.  I have quite a few of these now with fabrics and lace dyed and even pinned onto the garments.  I just need to have a huge sewing day or five.  Anyone want to come work with me?

Seriously see all the pins?  See the garments with ideas pinned but possibilities still in the creating?  Lots of sewing ahead and to any of my friends who want to come to my studio and have a little job working for me a few days we can negotiated cost, etc. Lunch included, maybe some beverages?  If you don't want to sew you could help me make dye print bundles to have for sale!
Contact me!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Recuperating and Collage

I read about what would be involved in recuperating from the surgery I had to repair a herniated esophagus (fundoplication).  I knew it would take longer to heal than I want it to.  6 - 8 weeks in general but it varies differently for some people.  It's been 4 weeks and I have a ways to go.

This didn't stop me from taking a class on Saturday with my dear friend and artist extraordinaire Roxanne Evans Stout.  I needed to get out of the house and because I can't lift heavy things or bend up and down a lot, the sort of things I would have to do to get ready to travel and teach a class, I saw Roxanne had a one day collage class where she provided most everything we'd need.  I thought I needed to do that.

We started out by creating mandalas from gatherings we found outside.  It was a small group but I met some wonderful women who I think I will be in touch with again.

While the class itself was insightful and nurtured my creative, side the trip itself was a little too much too soon.  Cest la vie.

It was lovely to spend a day with other creative souls and be guided by Roxanne to create with whatever came to our minds.

The collage I created is a storyboard and will hang on the wall.  Here are some images.  I'm not quite finished.  I have to add some way to hang it.  I'm thinking of coiling wire and adding beads but that idea could change when I get back to working on it.

I'm back to resting and stitching and following a diet of eating small amounts of food at a time and NO CARBONATION!  I tried that and it didn't go over well.  The procedure I had done doesn't allow me to burp or vomit.  I won't go into details, if you want them go look up the procedure and you can read all about it.  :-) yeah.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Loom & Accessories for Sale

I had my surgery on Sept. 30th and while it was rough at first I am on the mend and can see the light at the end of the tunnel!  A couple more weeks and I'll be just fine.

Before my surgery I took on the task of trying to organize my studio.  In the process of doing that I ended up getting rid of lots of items.  I also came to the conclusion that I wasn't going to put my dismantled AVL loom back together so I could weave again.  I feel that I'm done with weaving after having created handwoven clothing for over 25 years.  So I'm putting it up for sale along with some weaving accessories.

I live in the Bay Area/Santa Cruz/Monterey, CA area so if you or anyone you know is interested in these items please email me!!  I am able to deliver within this area if necessary.

ALV Production Dobby Loom 48” 16 harness with attached bench in very good condition. Dismantled and shrink wrapped for storage.

48" Weaving Width
16 Harnesses, polyester heddles
Mechanical dobby with dobby bar, pegs, wrench
1-Box Flyshuttle System on Bottom Swing Beater with Flyshuttle and Pirns
Plain Warp Beam
Raddle, 48
2 reeds
texsolve heddles
manual with instructions to put together
Loom built in 1990

Asking $3500.00 but will takes offers.

Harrisville Warping Mill  asking $100.00

Harrisville Designs has the capacity to wind up to 20 yards of warp and is collapsible for easy storage. Made of solid hardwood with a butcher-block maple base. Designed for tabletop use, it is 2 yards around and has 30" of vertical winding space.  The mill has a brake and comes 

$325.00 to buy new today

AVL Electric Bobbin Winder

These are close to $400.00 new today, I am asking $100.00.  Good working order!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Facing Health Challenges

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing...  John Keats

Because of some health challenges I'm facing I have had to cancel several teaching engagements and shows I had scheduled.  First off the wonderful retreat I was looking forward to so much next month in Klamath Falls, OR. "Gathering Grace", then not being able to participate in the annual Weavers' Guild of St. Louis show I've been part of for the last 13 years, and now I'm canceling November dates.  The issues I'm going through will be fixed but have weeks of recovery time and I need to focus on that.

I hate having to tell students they have to change plans, heck I hate having to change my plans and truth be told none of us would choose having surgical procedures over doing what we love right?!!

Anyway,  all should be fine and I will be back to normal, or a new better normal soon!  I'm still planning to teach in Tucson next Feb. for ViviMagoo at Art Retreat in the Desert and hope you can check out what I'm teaching and then sign up and come for a fabulous time of creating, shopping the bead show(s), and camaraderie!  I know I will be ready!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Gathering Grace Canceled

I am so sad I have had to cancel the retreat Gathering Grace in Klamath Falls that was to be held in October, 2015.

I have some health issues I need to take care of and I wouldn't be able to take part in the retreat.  We are hopeful to reschedule something for next year so please stay tuned for more information in the future.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Gathering Grace on Autumn Wings

Hope you can join us for this wonderful gathering in October!

October is associated with Autumn, a time when trees change color, leaves swirl on a hint of crisp air, and birds begin migration. A magical time of seasonal change and a perfect season to gather together for creativity and friendship.

Join renowned poet and author Susan Wooldridge, dyer extraordinaire Lorri Scott, and nationally known mixed media collage artist Roxanne Evans Stout as they pool their artistic strengths to create a wonderful art journey on the wings of autumn at the Running Y Ranch in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

The Running Y Ranch motto is “The perfect place to find peace, quiet, and Yourself” and this is exactly what this retreat will encompass while we create beautiful art with things you collect from nature.

Learn botanical and rust dye printing with Lorri, gather words in a fun inventive and thought provoking way with Susan, then take these dye printed fabrics, papers and your words to combine in collages of nature with Roxanne, combining them all in your very own Gathering Grace Booklet.

The closer we observe nature and hold gratitude for our surroundings the more creative energy thrives and we realize is an important way to grace our lives.

Come explore and create your grace with us.

Lorri, Roxanne, and Susan

For more info and registration contact Lorri Scott at  or see the side bar for links to print information and registration sheets.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Gathering Grace at Running Y Ranch

Mount Shasta from the air

Friday morning my husband flew me in his plane to Keno, Or. where we had a wonderful visit with Roxanne Stout and her husband.  My sister Jan and her hubby came from Medford to have dinner with us.  It was a wonderful time with barbecue and wine and homemade beer, laughter and good cheer.

Roxanne and I drove over to Klamath Falls to tour the Running Y Ranch in hopes of it being a place we could host our Flight of Spirit Gathering Grace art retreat and we were so pleased with the place we reserved dates of Oct. 9 and 10, 2015!!

Michael and I stayed at the Running Y Saturday.  He played golf on an Arnold Palmer designed coarse and said it was great while I attended the on property spa and had a wonderful massage.

We flew home this morning and waiting for me in the mail was the latest issue of Mingle published by Stampington press where an article that Roxanne wrote and submitted is published!  It's all about the gathering we had at her house, me, Roxanne, Jan and Susan Wooldridge, where we put together our plans for this wonderful retreat.  Get the magazine, read the article and look for information about the retreat coming soon!!

Sunday, June 14, 2015