Allow me to introduce you to my loom. This is an 8 shaft Colonial from LeClerc Looms. She’s a beauty. A dream to weave on. And 8 shafts (rather than the common 4 shafts) allows me to go a bit more crazy and ornate with my designs.
My amazing husband Kristopher gave me this loom as a wedding gift. What kind of guy gives his wife a very large loom for their wedding? Mine does. He even drove halfway across the country without me knowing it to go pick it up and secretly bring it home and hide it until our wedding day. He has always been my biggest supporter in my weaving and has never once discouraged this passion of mine. He himself is son to a weaver, a grew up with fiber arts as a part of his daily life with his mother. So random chance, or rather, fate would have it that the woman he fell in love with happens to be a weaver. I’m so incredibly grateful to have a life partner who understands this part of me and gives me his unwavering support to keep weaving.
Shortly after our wedding, we moved to a house where there was not room for this large beast of a loom, and it sadly went into storage. I wove a total of only about 3 projects on it before we put it away. Then we moved several more times to places that were not hospitable to my dear friend, including 2 sailboats. We downsized our possessions several times, and also moved our stuff 1000 miles and each time the loom was kept, delegated to her corner in our storage unit. Our storage unit itself got smaller and smaller, but always a place was reserved for her. Many times during these years I considered selling the loom. It made sense to sell it — we spent more money on storing this loom than it was even worth.
But the value of this loom to me is priceless, and so I kept it. I could not bring myself to sell the most special gift I have ever been given. I kept holding on to the vision that someday I was going to have a space for the loom and I would have my dream studio and I would be able to finally be a full time weaver.
Years passed. 9 of them. We moved to Costa Rica and built a house that did not have room for the loom. During all these years I had a few smaller looms that I worked on just to keep weaving, but in my heart I was waiting very patiently to get back on that big 8 shaft dream loom so I could really start doing the work that was itching to come out.
And finally, it happened. Just a few months ago we sold our tiny house and moved into the best house we have ever lived in that has the perfect room for a weaving studio. All the details of my life aligned and I realized that finally, now was the time to bring out the loom from her quiet dark storage place in Florida. Again, my beloved Kristopher made it happen. He took every piece of the loom apart, labeled each one, and packed it carefully to put in a big shipping container.
We rented a truck and drove it to the shipyard where it was loaded up with thousands of other crates on a boat to make the long journey down to Costa Rica. From there it was loaded on the back of a rickety truck and drove high up into the mountains to our home. Kristopher put it all back together (this took MANY hours — it’s no small project!) while I was away for a few days and surprised me when I returned home. My dream weaving studio with my dream loom is now a reality.
So much gratitude. So much gratitude….
I am now working daily on my favorite loom and the creative backlog of projects that have been stored away in my mind finally get to come out and become a reality. Me and this loom finally together as a team…..watch out world!