Yes, dear friends, it is true. I am spoiled... spoiled rotten! Next Friday is our wedding anniversary. We will have been happily married for seven years. I love Tony more and more every day... and am so blessed to be with him. He is such a wonderful man... wonderful husband... and wonderful father... just all around awesomely wonderful! You get the point, right? I love him!!!
Well, last weekend he surprised me with my anniversary gift.
A lovely Harrisville Designs floor loom!
When I woke up last Saturday, I had no idea that I would soon be the new owner of this beautiful (used) weaving loom... or that I would even be rekindling my old weaving passion! I have a small tabletop loom that we found recently at an antique store, but I haven't been able to use it because it is in need of repair.
I took weaving for a couple of years in high school as an elective... and enjoyed it very much. I owned a large floor loom like this for awhile, but it too was in need of repair and unusable. I didn't have the money to get it repaired, so I sold it.
We began the day by visiting our local park. Our small town was holding its annual event ~ Americus Days. There were vendors set up in the park offering their wares and foodies. One of the vendors is a local resident... who weavers beautiful rugs and bags out of recycled/reclaimed denim. We had a very nice visit together... and I was in awe of her work.
We then set out for an event in Cottonwood Falls... Flint Hills Folk Life festival. Where there were three other weavers offering their beautiful wares. Plus, there is an awesome fiber shop in downtown Cottonwood Falls called Fiber Factory... where I continued to oooh and awe... and drool over the woven works and looms.
When we arrived home, Tony told me to look on the internet for a loom for sale. Honestly, I still didn't think I would be getting one, but I looked. Then I spotted one for sale in Hoyt. The seller turned out to be a woman I know and a fellow rug hooker. She was leaving town for vacation, but would be home that evening if we wanted to come by to see it. Hoyt is over an hour away, but Tony insisted we hop in the truck and go check it out. Well, he bought it for me... but the day wasn't over. Since we were so near the Thunder Hill Speedway, we then decided to go to the races! More fun!!!
All in all, last Saturday started early and ended late. We traveled through six Kansas counties, saw and played a lot! It was a wonderful, unplanned, spontaneous day!
Yes, the purchase of the loom was very unplanned, and on a whim... but I do love it! I've been studying all week and trying to remember what I was taught so long ago. I'm planning to have it warped up soon (hopefully today) so I can start weaving my first rag rug on it!
Yes, I have yet another crafty passion... and still lack all the time I want/need/require/must have to do it all... but I'm still going to try!
Thanks for letting me share!
Wishing you all warm smiles...