Paul and I have been building looms for Don for the past six years or so. When Don started slowing down, we converted his beading room into an office and now there is a veritable treasure trove of beads and findings stacked on his pool table two feet thick. When we went to visit this last time I went shopping in the basement.
Now, I am a rank beginner at this, so I certainly was not diving into the king’s ransom of 16/0 Delicas and the bags and bags of beautiful Japanese glass from Toho Beads. I grabbed a couple of spools for threading the loom and big beads. There are lots of bracelet patterns out there I can practice on while I develop some skills and I have a niece who likes beads!
An even more important discovery was the box of photos, negatives and slides of most of the pieces Don has created over the years. Some have been sold, the rest will eventually be offered for sale. In the meantime we have this incredible record of his journey in the craft of bead weaving. I will be taking the slides to a company that can covert them into digital pictures so that they can be posted for everyone to enjoy.
When Don asked us to take over the business, we knew that there was some updating that needed to be done. We have been busy integrating the business with social media and secure ordering. It made sense to rebrand the business as Larry the Loom and add a shopping cart as well as secure credit/debit and PayPal options. We also have stores on Etsy and Ebay.
I had made Don a Facebook page for the business, and we now also have a Pinterest page for Larry the Loom. I have to admit I am a Pinterest junkie and I am having a blast storing images that will inspire future projects!
This is just the beginning of our leg of the journey. We are looking forward to creating connections with the local beading community and I can’t wait for the next bead show to come around!