Coming: Back Roads of Brown County Fall Studio Tour
This summer has been one for the record books! I don't
remember a wetter summer in Southern Indiana. We have
been sticking close to the homestead and working on
merchandise for our fall shows.
chill in the air and shortening days announce the coming
of the fall season. This is a special time as sunshine
strikes from a different angle and autumn-lovers come
from across the nation to witness the spectacular fall
colors in southern Indiana, especially in nearby Brown
County State Park. At Homestead Weaving Studio, it’s our
busiest time of year.
The studio will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day
in October, and we’ll be looking forward to meeting the
people who come on the
Back Roads of Brown County Fall Studio Tour. Some
days, we’ll have homemade cookies and hot apple cider to
celebrate the season. Every day, visitors will be
welcomed and offered a chance to try a little weaving
As usual, we will be set up at four shows between now
and Christmas, starting with Madison Chautauqua of the
Arts on September 26 & 27. To see a list of all our fall
shows, visit our
We will have our usual supply of unique Mobius shawls
and scarves, along with shaggy rugs, colorful sock rugs,
mug rugs and other goodies.
Our newest handwoven rugs
and clothing items can be purchased on our recently
make your plans now to visit us at the studio in
southeastern Brown County this fall, or stop by one of
the shows. If you have questions or need a special item,
don’t hesitate to give us a call. We love talking with
Potholder loops and looms, expansion, and studio news~
It has been a year since we acquired the potholder loom
kit business, purchasing several thousand pounds of sock
loops and sock waste produced by Solmate Socks. These
can be used in weaving or in making
potholders and coasters.
But they are not the traditional potholders you made in
Girl Scouts. These looms make large 7" (finished size)
potholders which can even be stitched together for a
one-of-a-kind rug. A perfect project for people who
don't have a loom to weave rugs! The "Little Loopy"
loom kits come with a hand-crafted loom, enough loops to
make at least 8 potholders, a crochet hook and metal rod
(Jumbo loom only) to help pull the loops through the
weave. But really, this loop and loom setup is so easy,
you’ll probably just want to use your fingers. For the
first time, we are also offering the loops in individual
colors or artist’s blends, as well as in a mixed bag of
colors. So you can now choose to make potholders to
match your décor, express your creativity, or honor your
favorite team or school.
Want a smaller potholder? We have added to the original
"Jumbo" loom and now carry four sizes of sturdy handmade
featuring smooth rounded metal pins. We
are also offering a 6-inch (Baby) and 8-inch
(Traditional) wooden loom of the same quality which work
with smaller sockloops. Not into squares? Our "Hybrid
Loom" measures 8" x 10" and creates a rectangular
weaving that can be used for small purses, cell phone
holders, and stitched together for rugs and placemats.
You’ll be amazed at how simple and rewarding it is to
create potholders or rugs on these handsome looms. It
also makes a great gift for children, seniors or anyone
wanting to create a simple, functional work of art.
Of course, we stock a large supply of loop refills, in
an array of colors, so you’ll never run out of projects
to do. We have set
aside some summer colors for a super summer sale ...
While they last, clean Jumbo loops in pink, violet,
purple and avocado green are Buy One Pound, Get One
Pound Free (two pounds for $10 plus shipping). You will
need to email
Chris with your order.
additions are a Little Free Library (you are welcome to
take a free book), some new garden art, and a new fence!
Day weaving class information
During the spring, summer, and autumn, we offer
day-weaving classes for visitors to the studio. These
are designed for people who have never woven. The
workshop allows the students to experience the joy of
creation and make a rug or other item to take home.
Optimum class size is three or four, so plan a friends'
getaway or family outing. Students aged 10 to 100 years
are welcomed. More information
Other instruction is also available and can be tailored
to meet the student's needs. Specifically, classes in
pattern design, warping (regular and sectional), and
other advanced topics can be arranged. Or you can just
schedule a day at the studio to ask questions, solve
weaving problems you've been having, and learn tips and
Most of our rugs are woven on the front porch of the
studio, which is a delightful place to be during most of
the year ... it's easy coming up with some new color
combinations just looking at all the beauty outside.
Bring your lunch and your friends, and come weave with
We hope you find something you like on our website and
that you pay us a visit if you are ever in the area.
Call before you come, because we wouldn't want to miss
Chris Gustin, weaver, and Bob Gustin, everything else
Homestead Weaving Studio, LLC
6285 S Hamilton Creek Road
Columbus, IN 47201
SPECIAL SUMMER LOOPER SALE!
For the month of August, or
until the stock runs out, we are featuring our "Petunia"
colors of Jumbo sock loops as a Buy
One, Get One Free special. The four colors are
Send an email to
Chris with the colors and poundage you want along
with your mailing address and we will fill your order on
a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, we have
set aside over 100 pounds of these clean and
ready-to-use loopers for this sale. Act quickly before
they are gone.
Again, the August special is: Two pounds for just $10
plus shipping for these four colors only. You can add
other colors to your order at the regular price and we
will combine shipping.
Upcoming shows and events
The studio is taking part in the Back Roads of Brown
County Fall Studio Tour. Dates are October 1-31, 2015.
Make plans to visit the studio and other studios in the
area during this event.
The studio will be an exhibitor at these shows:
Madison Chautauqua, Sept. 26 & 27, 2015.
Fiber Art Show, Bloomington (IN) Convention Center,
Nov. 6 & 7,
Deja Vu Fine Art and Craft Show, The Commons, Columbus,
IN, Nov. 14,
Indiana Artisan Marketplace, Expo Hall, Indiana State
Fairgrounds, April 9 &