Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hokett loom fun!

I am looking forward to a few weeks of vacationing with my family and my in-laws over the holidays. When I travel in the car, I love to bring a few Hokett looms. Because who could bring just one? I like to have an 8-dent loom for my regular sett and I use the 6-dent looms doubled at 12 epi quite frequently.

I like weaving in the car. Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas are very big states and the view from the freeway is not quite enough to keep me entertained for 1100 miles. So I weave. I have a spouse who frequently says things like, "I'll drive honey. You need to spin/weave/knit." Isn't that great?

6-dent Hokett loom warped at 12 epi. Project done with handspun.
Those of you who browsed my newsletter last week know that I am going to take a bit of a break from selling all products online. I spend most of my time teaching the online tapestry classes and this is what I love (besides actually making my own work of course!). The time commitment of running a retail shop full time is too much for me. (The moment I found myself printing shipping labels at 11pm while fuming that I hadn't had one minute on the loom that day was when I knew it was over.)

I adore both Jim Hokett and his wonderful looms. I will continue to have them available for my workshop students and I will have a sale or two a year from my website. But I am taking a break from selling them full time from my website starting December 22nd. If you are interested in getting one of these wonderful looms and you aren't taking an in-person workshop with me in 2016, you have a few days left to order one. December 21st is the last day I will be shipping.

I am the only person who sells the 8-dent looms right now. They are tricky to make and Jim very kindly still makes them for me because I like to teach on them (and because he is a stand-up, wonderful guy). I have a small stock of the 9 x 10 inch intermediate 8-dent looms left, a few of the 7 x 8 regular 8-dent kits, and quite a few of the 7 x 8 inch regular 8-dent looms by themselves. I also have a few of the beautiful 8-dent tiny loom kits in birds eye maple. They are the sweetest thing you've ever seen.

You can find all the options on my website HERE including photos.

I ship USPS Priority Mail so if you live in the USA, there can still be a loom under the tree this year.



6 comments:

  1. I have got two of his looms they are my favourites so great for travelling.

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  2. I am really intrigued by these tiny looms. What kinds of practical things can be made on them? Or are they just for b ornamental weaves?

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    1. That is a great question Karla. I know that Beth Smith uses these for fabric samples for her handspun (she has one pictured in her recent book, Spinners Book of Fleece. I am a tapestry weaver, so I use them for tapestry, but you can use them for any weaving you want at a small scale. I'll be making dollhouse rugs on them for my nieces in a few days. I suppose you could do more complex weaves even if you were willing to pick the shed. I had someone buy one to make bracelets on (though I'm not convinced you can get enough length for that unless you are very skinny!)

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  3. I enjoyed your explanation for discontinuing the retail business. Being an artist is the most important occupation a person can be.

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    1. Thanks Auj. I'm definitely working on it.

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