Home selling preparations. Staging the loom room.

Hello, friends. My husband and I are knee-deep in preparations to sell our home. While everyone faces the same challenges of making sure living spaces are de-cluttered and tidy and prospective-buyer ready, I have found it especially puzzling to “stage” my weaving studio. I need to keep weaving while our home is on the market, but this area had to undergo some big changes before it is realtor-ready.

First: why am I writing about this? While I found a lot of information about how to stage living rooms, kitchens, and even home offices, I didn’t find much about staging creative working spaces.

Where to being? Here is an overview of my strategy:

  1. Sell unused equipment. I had two small looms that were mostly idle and so while it was hard to part with them (we weavers tend to get attached to our equipment, don’t we?) it made sense to find them new homes.
  2. Move the yarn. I have an entire shelving unit stocked with cones of yarn. I moved this from my primary work space to allow for easier movement in the weaving room.
  3. Off-site storage. I’ve stored all of my booth equipment in an off-site storage facility. Pipe and drape, canopy tent and weights, folding tables, booth lights and flooring are all currently accessible to me but out of the house.
  4. Put away sharp and pointy things. While I love to have little ones come through a demonstration area and pet yarn and soft and lofty textiles, scissors and pins are off-limits.
  5. Put away lightly-used items. Reeds, jersey mannequins, and other fiber-related equipment are stored in a closet, an old antique dresser, baskets, and even my loom bench.
  6. Limit display textiles to 1-3 pieces. While it seemed tempting to use the studio as a makeshift pop-up sales floor, I didn’t take this route. I kept things light: a small table runner on an antique dresser and a neutral, textured lace shawl on the mannequin lady.

Here are a few photos of the way things stand right now (apologies for the rather dark photos as they were taken very early in the morning):


Loom (note the cleared off castle)
Antique dresser houses tools and other equipment
Trunk also houses additional equipment
A neutral piece for textural interest 


Feel free to share your own strategies for staging a creative workspace area! Thanks for reading!

Be well,

Kate K.


Moving the loom, made a bit simpler

Hello, friends. A major reorganization effort at home has made it necessary to relocate my loom. Again. I just have one loom, a Nilus II Leclerc (8 shafts, 10 treadles) but she is a bit of a beast to move.


Pieces and parts…

Some of the pieces are manageable, just awkward (see above). But then there is the center “castle” portion, which is quite heavy. These nifty “Super Sliders” made moving the castle much easier! We have used these under all manner of furniture, but I had never used these to shift the loom.


IMG_2413We bought an assortment of these at a local home improvement store. They are worth every penny! Four large sliders placed under the legs of the center of the castle allowed me to push the loom into her new room. Here’s the proof:


Super sliders slid the loom down the hall…


I hope to get the loom back together this weekend. I have a new warp ready to go on the loom and am anxious to see how the draft below translates into the real thing:


Draft of a new placemat design

Do consider using furniture sliders should you have to move your loom! It is not an easy job, and anything that can simplify the process, even a tiny bit, is worth considering!

Be well,

kate k.