Rebecca’s Niland

Rebecca's Niland
Here is a piece woven on one of my little looms by a weaver from the UK. Rebecca Robinson was visiting the US recently and had me send her a loom and tools to her hotel in California. She calls it “Niland” as a piece of found wood from Salvation Mountain, CA, was used to hang it from. Hand spun yarn dyed with madder, natural hand spun Shetland, linen, silk & jute completed the piece. Rebecca is a genuinely neat person who looks for good influences in her life. We all should do that, don’t you think?
I wonder sometimes what works people have completed on the many thousands of these looms I’ve made in my time. Often at shows people would return to my booth after weaving on the loom for the first time! One California weaver uses the large size to do refined tapestries – presenting the finished pieces on the loom. A lady in San Antonio weaves very neat art tapestries on the Tiny loom, applies a pin on the back, and markets them as portable art tapestries. Rebecca Mezoff uses these looms for many purposes, teaching weaving on them as well. Today I sent a first order of a selection of my looms to WEBS – they’ll be carrying them now. I also sent Regina Rooney of Rose Path Weaving in Tyler, TX a very nice selection of looms and tools. Many many dealers have began to carry the looms and it feels so good to see them going so afar! Wendy Morris of Handweaver’s Studio and Gallery in London carrys some too. I’m profoundly rich in associations with so very many fine representatives of my work. I’d love to list them all, but space is not unlimited. More will be featured soon.
Just today Jean (here in Magdalena) assembled the pieces of a loom kit into bags ready to present – and did about 150 kits! She’s helping me with some of the back work like that and it’s so neat. This support has enabled me to produce so much more, like I did for so many years when Sally Rogers helped me with finishing work.
Tomorrow Cat and ride out bikes to Albuquerque and Rio Rancho for mostly fun! No, all fun! Cat’s trike will get an evaluation by Rick at Crossroads while I’ll focus on Danny of Danny’s Custom Painting – he will be doing the air brush work on my Big Dog – FINALLY after almost 3 years of trying to find someone. Danny is the one! His work is just astounding and I feel so fortunate to have found him.
Happy trails, pardners.
Jim

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Little Looms Photo

Blog Loom Photo
Here is a photo of some of the looms that a dealer added to her site. It’s such a pretty photo and I’m so happy to add it here. I’ve been so busy with so many things in the shop. Today I packed several orders, including building a crate to ship one of my last foot powered skein winders. I’ll not be making any more. Little looms? This past week I completed several hundred of both the Bird’s Eye Maple versions for the kits, exotic looms, and a large run of special woods in the intermediate loom size. It’s so neat to send these all over everywhere.
I do have help now for finishing and putting the loom kit pieces into bags for sale. It has relieved me to the point of increased production! Yea! This allows Cat and I to ride our bikes more.
My Big Dog is in a new shop that promises to finally get my bike to 100% for the first time ever. I’m greatly encouraged. The gas tank is at an air brush artist shop to add the buzzard/vulture images I want. This has been such a tough time to find one who has a work ethic and stability. Still waiting on the special fork bag hand tooled with a buzzard, too. Someday. Cat’s trike will be getting some major electrical improvements very soon. The trailer wiring needs finishing as well as a few other things. She’ll be donating the remaining items left over from her trike conversion soon to a shop. They will in turn give them to people who need but can’t afford the parts. So admirable on both their parts!
Yesterday we rode to Fat Sats in Belen for lunch. Great ride and such agreeable weather. We so enjoy our rides, whatever the length.
Tomorrow I’ll return to shop production. This will include hand sanding several hundred end-of-warp shuttles (8″ & 10″) and starting a nice run of Navajo style beaters. The process never ever ends. There remains a couple of dozen other runs that need time as well. I’ll do everything I can, but will take time to ride and “vegg”. Cutting the weeds on our place has taken on a new look – me on the new riding mower!
As John Lennon said, “Imagine”.

Jim