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As long as we are talking technique, let me mention background. Most folks forget to look at the clutter in the background. You know, the stuff behind your subject. … like the light pole sticking out of some loved one’s head. Clutter. Distraction. Ha! I often find myself looking at the background to see the clutter that got “snuck” into someone else’s photo. Oh well, no one likes a messy background. It’s distracting and shows that you were not paying attention when you tried to focus on your foreground subject.

No one likes a cluttered messy home. “Minimalist” is “in” these days. Me, us, we seem to have accumulated an assortment of weaving and spinning things that would do any shopkeeper proud. Nice stuff. Displayed. We do work with most of the stuff you can see. (There’s more!!) Since, we are not entertaining in the near future, anything goes. A lot of fiber equipment is out and in use. This is not a display so much as it is a workshop of “in progress” projects. It’s home. And, it feels like it, though I laugh because not even the cats can make a straight line across the room.

… two spinning wheels, two looms, winder, lazy kate, carder, great wheel, fiber, ball winder… we’re not showing off. We – mostly Colleen – have many projects simultaneously in progress. …and, nary a cat in sight. And, I daresay any picture (in this room) unless it’s a closeup will have distracting background to be considered.

3 responses

  1. ….I wonder if you can tell us about the two clocks on the mantle–where they came from, how you got them.

    April 17, 2020 at 8:06 am

    • The clocks? We cruise antique and second hand stores in our travels. The left hand mantle clock is a Thomas clock (Connecticut). The right clock has no name or provenance. It was procured as a true bargain in a yard sale in Lancaster PA. They both function but only the Thomas ticks without too much objection. I am no expert. Therefore, we never spend serious money. They require winding about once a day, hence, they are silent for the most part.

      April 17, 2020 at 8:28 am

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