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A Tour Through My Studio

I’ve gotten lots of requests to show off my “batt cave”  It really is a ‘cave’ since I only have an 11×10 room as my studio- but I have made it into a very special creative home.

I’ve used EVERY bit of available space.. with plying yarns and locks in over the door shoeholders, fleece hanging in an over the door hamper, and a shelving unit designed as a closet organizer..  but it does very well NOT in a closet!!  There’s more wool stuffed into this room than I ever imagined possible!!  All the different colors and textures are a constant source of inspiration.

There are fleeces stuffed in every corner, and lots of sparkly bits to catch the light.  I also have an evergrowing collection of Sheep Incognito prints that I love to death.   I do have a large family of carders- a vintage fricke coarse cloth, 2 louet classic (one only for teaching), a louet elite and a strauch mad batt’r.  I do all my carding in this studio, so I have all my add in’s- fibers, wools and textures.  I also keep my spinning fiber in the studio, and bring out to the living room what I am going to spin that week. (I spin in front of the TV.. I do love my Mark Harmon)

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And if you ever find yourself in North Carolina, please come by and play!!

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great job Esther, love the new website. Things sure have come along for you in the last couple of years!!

    June 26, 2011
    • Thanks Deb! It’s a journey that I’m enjoying! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next couple years!! 🙂

      June 26, 2011
  2. sarahjeanne #

    Thanks for the tour! Question: What kind of a picker do you use and why?

    June 26, 2011
    • I have the “Lil Dynamo” box picker that I got on etsy- I didn’t want one of the huge swinging arm pickers- as I have a small space and those things could kill my cats (or myself after a beer.. LOL!) This little box picker has nails, but they are enclosed, so there’s no fear of harm.
      I use the picker to fluff up fiber- either before I spin, or card. Picking is especially helpful when you have tight locks that you want to fluff open for carding, or tailspinning. It also very roughly blends as it fluffs (but not as much as a drum carder) So I could put different fibers together and run them thru, with sparkles.. and what I get is a fluffy cloud of fiber that I can spin as it is to keep texture, or then it’s ready to run thru my drum carder (especially if you have any carder OTHER than a louet.. fibers do better picked then carded).
      I’ll do a blog post for you next week that’s a before, during and after of picking, so you can see how it all works!!

      June 26, 2011
  3. adelemichelsen #

    Esther, I’m in fiber envy at the fullest right now… I SO wish I had a room I could call my own (I guess I have to wait for kid #2 to go off to college 6 years from now, UGH!)

    Congratulations on the new website! Way to GO!!!

    June 26, 2011
  4. Oh… to be surrounded in spectacular fibers!!! HEAVEN Esther! Thanks for sharing!

    June 26, 2011
  5. Congratulations Esther!
    Your new website is so beautiful . . .
    Thanks for a peek into your studio . . .
    Loved it . . .
    All the best,

    July 25, 2011
  6. Karen Patterson #

    Ah!!! I have a loft in my house where I keep all the stuff to prepare the batts…….then I drag it down the ladder to the living room to spin! I dont watch TV but I just like being in the mainflow of my house! Love your studio! You have given me more great ideas for utilizing every little space !My loft is actually up in the top of the “A” frame roof of my house and there is a lot of space under the eaves! Thanks Esther!

    September 17, 2013
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    January 13, 2014
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