Visual texture!

I’ve been busy remembering how to photograph scarfs and so I now have some shots to share of both my new fav pattern and that “rustic” (aka kinda scruffy) felted one from last year…

Brown and black patterned scarf
The new favourite pattern as modeled by my dummy… yep I still love it!

If you remember, this one had spacers when woven, and you can see it in how the weft is paired, but the overall result is this loose, raggedy texture which I find easy on the eye. I’ve also made my peace with what hot-felting did to the colours!

Blue and purple felted scarf
The felted scarf in all its textural glory

Next to be seen in the shop. Probably shouldn’t cause me as much excitement as it does…

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Getting perspective on my Etsy shop

I’ll admit I haven’t given my Etsy shop the love it deserves. Quite a bit of that comes from having launched it and then had an immediate “why am I doing this?” moment. You see I got a bit caught up in the flattery of my friends who were all “you should sell these!” about my scarfs.

What got lost somewhere in this was what led me to weaving in the first place; making things for other people. Specifically, I was knitting scarfs for charities.

So I started examining what I’d done by turning my weaving into a little business and that’s had me questioning questioned everything, including whether Etsy is the right place anymore for small shops, because:

  • it’s full of cheap, mass produced scarfs that don’t attract shoppers willing to pay for handmade items
  • Etsy is a noisy marketplace now too, so it’s hard to know how to be found

Having said that, it doesn’t cost much to run a little business there and takes very little effort. Both valuable to someone who works full time and writes novels.

At the end of all my musings, I realised that the shop brings a valuable positive to my weaving life… you see I chose a specific theme for my shop: handwoven items, all one of a kind from my loom.

No repeats. No colour variations. Unique items. And that pushes me to do more, explore more and challenge myself to create beyond trying patterns I like.

So, the shop is back up with some new stock and there are bunch of new ideas brewing in my weaver’s brain!