Since my last post about ideas for the craft fair, Gossamer Bookmarks have fallen by the wayside. They did, however, lay the groundwork for idea number 3:
3. Patch Pouch. I have found a good supplier of plain cotton canvas
pouches, which I have bought up stock of, for packaging kits and artworks. It occurred to me that some of the smaller pouches could be decorated with a simple patch of weaving. The weaving area is smaller and therefore less time-consuming to produce than the bookmarks (I increased the weaving time marginally by weaving an additional square directly onto the first patch). I used a lower gauge canvas (13ct) and a thicker yarn, resulting in a nice, sturdy little patch which was then ironed onto a canvas pouch.
4. Swirl Pouch. Although this funky little pouch (just big enough for a mobile phone) will be available to buy at the fair, it is NOT something I will be going into mass production of! My husband is a jazz musician, and I wove this during a gig he played with Arun Ghosh a couple of weeks ago. Despite the curvy edges, I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I know I am supposed to strive for even edges in tapestry, but in this case I really think the curves enhance the design. Although I can’t say I was weaving in response to the music, it is an entirely freeform design (slightly different on both sides) that created itself. Although I do think people would like these pouches, I don’t think I could charge enough for one to justify the time it took to weave. Shame, though.
Seems that I can only manage a couple of ideas at a time. Watch this space – more to follow, shortly…