Thursday, October 25, 2012

21cm to go!



Yep, 21cm to weave of this tapestry!  Eeeep!  You'll have to tilt your head to the side to have a look at the correct orientation, as I'm typing this at work, and I don't have Photoshop here to flip the image :P

It's been a crazy few weeks ... work has been awful (my boss was retrenched, which we're still upset about), and the stress is mounting to get my tapestry finished for the November 21 deadline. 

I want to finish weaving at least a week before posting, as it takes a long time to finish everything off.  I'm still stitching the cross stitch that will be attached to the tapestry - I have no idea how that's going to turn out! 

Anyway, on another note ... I *really* want to buy a (horizontal) weaving loom early next year.  I'm looking at the Ashford 16 Shaft Table Loom, with a stand so it has treadles.  Well, my business name is Threefold Designs - I'd like to make it literally threefold:  cross stitch / weaving / tapestry.  I've been looking around, and there doesn't seem to be any hand weavers out there who do gothish designs ...

I'm looking forward to making millions of tea towels and scarves to get some practise before I can figure out how to weave skulls :P 

I think that all the stuff that has been happening at my day job has made me re-evaluate what I really want to do with my business.  I'd love to sell my cross stitch kits, but I'm finding it difficult to crack the market (I'm even thinking of selling off all the large kits and just selling the patterns - there's no profit in the kits!).  My artwork will be my side-project, but it's not exactly a practical business venture.  Weaving, on the other hand, is far more commercial than my other work - what do you think??

Anyway, the clock's just ticked over, so I'd better get started with my day job ... the corporate world beckons :P

xx

10 comments:

  1. Only 21 cm? Look at you go!! I love those green bats ...

    I wish I could offer some useful advice about your business. When you get it all figured out, maybe you could give me some helpful hints on how to make it work, so I could go back to creating and kiss the corporate world goodbye, too! :D

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    1. Thanks! Those green bats were harder to weave than I thought they'd be!!

      Yeah, the tricky balance between working creatively and having to have a 'real' job ... I'd love to reduce my hours in the corporate world and work part time with Threefold - that would be a nice balance ;)

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    2. That's exactly what I'm hoping for - three days a week making real money, four days a week doing creative stuff. That would be a nice balance, wouldn't it! I'll keep my fingers crossed for the both of us! :o)

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  2. wow, this is just sooooo amazing!. You're so close! :)

    Like Insomniac, I wish I had good advice for you. I'm currently reading a book called "American Colossus" about the capitalists of the early 20th century and I'm just so amazed how these people made HUGE fortunes out of nothing. Then I look at business today and I can't wrap my head around how people can make a successful business these days. Best of luck to you.

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    1. Thank you, m'lady! It's growing very sloooowwly .... ;)

      I think business is all about attitude. If you think you're good and will be successful, you will be. And it's *that* hurdle that's so difficult to overcome.

      My work is different from what else is out there - which can be good or bad, since a lot of people don't like to take a chance on what isn't trendy at the time. Saying that, I started designing for exactly that reason - I didn't like the other stuff out there! Aaaah, it's a difficult balance ;)

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  3. nearly there, Michelle, and looking good. Yep, the pressure is on to finish the year's assignments...

    you are probably right in deciding to offload the kits and just stick with the design and pattern work. An Ashford sounds good - but have you thought about a small Jacquard loom? I like the idea of the mathematical possibilities with an automated loom...

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    1. Umm, I think a Jacquard is way out of my price range! Anyway, I wanted a manual old-school loom ;) I just have to figure out how many shafts I need to do the designs I have in my head!

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  4. Hi Michelle
    Your tapestry is looking amazing; the green is so vibrant. Great to hear you have only 21 cm to go; I am about half way there. Mine won't be finished until the end of Jan. as I have sold my house and have a few things to do before we leave like pack up 40 years of stuff.

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    1. Thanks Glennis! I've been weaving like a crazy lady, lots of late nights - I'm determined to get this thing finished by the due date!

      Good luck with the move - I moved house back in June ... it seriously wasn't fun AT ALL!! But it's nice being in a new place - will you have a studio space?

      I assume Sue is cool with you handing in your tapestry in January? I haven't broached the topic of extensions at all ... though I'm thinking just an extra week would take the pressure off.

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    2. I have asked for an extension till then but haven't heard. Someone I know doing the course and is in 5th year and hasn't finished her large tapestry yet; so I am hopeful. 28 days till moving day!!!!!!!!!

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