Woolly Thyme Looms September 04 2017
Here's a riddle for you:
What would you call a loom made in Lunenburg?
I am delighted, thrilled, over the loomin' moon about House of Woolly Thyme's newest product in the Woolly Thyme Weaving collection. This gorgeous loom, crafted just a few minutes from Lunenburg in the seaside community of Blue Rocks, was a collaborative design between House of Woolly Thyme and Ocean View Woodworking. Made from locally harvested and sustainable maple with walnut plug inlays, our frame loom is thoughtfully designed for function and a beautiful piece of art in itself.
I met Allan from Ocean View Woodworking at the Lunenburg Farmers' Market this summer after following his work on Instagram. He crafts beautiful and functional heirloom quality pieces from local and sustainably harvested woods. His charcuterie boards and chopping blocks, signs and trays are uniquely designed with quality finishes and personalized touches, and I quickly planted the seed that he should work with me to construct a frame loom after seeing his work in person.
This loom was created over the course of a couple of months through emails, market chats, workshop visits, prototyping, and design tweaks, some of which you can see on Ocean View's Instagram feed. And, I must admit, I am very proud of the end result. I am teaching several weaving workshops this fall and will be happy to give my weavers access to locally crafted looms. I am so proud and excited to use it myself that I wasn't home from Blue Rocks 10 minutes before I warped my new loom and whipped up some rya knots and tabby weaving.
My own craft philosophy is rooted in the selection of high quality materials and supporting local and small businesses whenever possible. I believe that creating something beautiful is as much about the story behind the raw materials as it is about the process or end result. When you start a project with beautiful yarns or a quality crafted loom, you will create with care and thought and love. Those key factors coupled with quality yarns will foster the creation of a beautiful and unique weaving.
That is what I wish to share with others - a love for handmade and the knowledge and tools to create special art pieces; tools designed and made by locals, who in turn source their materials from local shops and producers. When you purchase a Woolly Thyme Loom, you are supporting a local weaver, who in turn supports a local woodworker, who in turn supports a local lumber mill, who in turn supports local woodlot owners. Now, isn't that a wonderful chain of local sustainability?!