I’m easily bored and need to be entertained, like a child. New techniques, therefore, draw me in like moths to
I’ve begun weaving again in the past couple of months, spurred by my purchase of the 12″ Ashford Knitters Loom.
In which I invite advice or suggestions on pampering oneself.
This is the Live video from Facebook that I posted from a fair I had a stall at a few days ago. Don’t mind the soundtrack; I’m still not comfortable putting my voice out there.
I’ve done a mini stall and a ‘proper’ stall in the time since I last posted here. This video shows the full one. Full in the sense of having two tables to display on, as well as being there almost the entire day until forced out by rain.
Overall it was a positive experience. Custom began slowly but picked up as the weather cooled, the fault probably lying also in it being a working day of the week. I didn’t have any people giving me wild unsolicited advice about my products (“Why don’t you join up two triangle shawls to make a poncho?”) Plus most were appreciative of the work and that I had done it myself. Although there was one lady who insisted I must have given it out to people to do…
I think maybe now I have an idea of what might sell. My problem, if you can call it that, is that I find too many patterns I want to make. When I made up my inventory on the night before the stall I discovered I had over 25 different kinds of things on the list. Which is likely not a good thing. I feel I should find a few universally appealing styles/patterns and make more of those, rather than dipping my toe into every pattern class.
I have another stall coming up in the same place and I’m thinking I should het my ducks in a line.
1. Batik sells
2. Sling bags sell
3. Batik sling bags will sell
4. Zipper pouches in attractive prints
5. Possibly do a batch of water bottle carriers? I hadn’t any stock of those last time
6. Try yoga mat straps? (On second thoughts, no, unless I can find a pattern which isn’t as hardware-heavy as this one. I don’t think I should be running around to buy new technology in the short term. It is an idea to explore, though.)
7. Weave!!! Stoles in ombre colours. (About which, more next time.)
In which foul weather played havoc with a Fair.
In which I am paralysed by the choices I need to make
It’s easier if there’s a deadline
If there’s one thing I deal with on a mammoth scale, it’s words. So I’ve been tempted back to blogging.
I’ve never done this before, so I hope it works… Blocks 7-12 of the Modern HST Sampler. Here is a photo showing all six of them. I tried to stick as closely as I could to the colours shown in the tutorials, relying on the designers’ design and colour ability. I have none of my own 🙂
I believe that social media can be a powerful tool for people who can use them properly. Me, I’m handicapped in a couple of ways, mainly due to the fact that (a) I don’t have anything original to contribute, which makes it less likely that any of my me-too posts will find a fan following and (b) I’m not actually a very social person, meaning I find it difficult to make small talk or fluently praise in public, therefore there will be no reciprocal chat or praise coming my way either. I honestly find it difficult to make my Twitter feed quantitatively different from my Instagram feed, for example. What could I possibly say in 140 characters that one picture cannot convey effectively? Currently, however, I’m being dutifully prolific on Instagram, as I am doing two sew-a-longs (or block-a-longs). I blogged about the HST (half square triangle) sampler a couple of posts ago, and then a new one began on