Judith Browning

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what a project! 

I had just one overgrown peach tree that sent roots down into the ground through the bottom of the plastic pot.  In this case I wanted to save the tree (and leave it in place) and just cutting and ripping the pot off of the tree was difficult...then I built a mound to enclose.

I have had figs grow into the ground through a pot and used a long bladed garden knife under the pot to cut/saw through the roots.

Total five pots...I can't imagine dealing with thousands.

I wonder if some kind of power long bladed hedge cutter would work to slip under the pot and slice through the roots? Probably would hit too much soil and maybe rocks?

Did I understand correctly that the pots are on the surface of the ground, not buried? 

1 day ago

I started out with waffle weave towels, but the loom doesn't like this kind of design because it is an 'unbalanced weave structure'.  Meaning that it has a pick that is 3 down and 1 up and this loom is a Fanny counterbalance. 

Waffle weave is definitely a job for a jack loom...but they, in my experience, are so hard on our joints...lifting the weight of too many harnesses.  I always wanted a counterbalance or countermarche for weaving ease.   A weaver who has the energy that you do needs several looms of different types I think.  I had several at one time and they were all warped most of the time...a two harness counterbalance rug loom, a four harness jack, a flying shuttle and an eight harness jack and various inkle and frame looms.

You'll face down that warp and plan the next one while you finish it up I bet...likely you already have several in mind. 

The colors are fine.  That warp will make lovely kitchen towels and in the end you've added some depth and breadth to your feel for color.  I've had warps where I pulled out some warp threads in a color I didn't think was working or just didn't like...after washing no one knew but me....

I especially like the wide stripes of that golden cream color with the white, both in the twill and waffle....and I like that same color in the weft of the waffle weave picture. 
2 days ago

Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Every time I think of earning a living from making the art or craft products I'm capable of ... I start feeling very 'itchy' by the idea of 'pricing'!
I can think of all I have to calculate (time, materials, tools, rent, etc.). Then I think: I have to make some products first, to have something to show the potential customers. And then I have to advertise, otherwise nobody knows about my products. And I have to count the costs of the advertisements too ...
So my products must have a really high price, because of all those costs, and the value I added too ...
That's what makes me feel itchy. I don't want to ask such a high price! I just want to make things I like making. I don't want to make a shelf full of the same products, I am not a machine, I like making something different every time. And when I am doing what I like to do, I don't mind the costs and the time spent. If someone wants to have my product, that's nice! If that person wants to pay some money for it, that's okay, I'll take the money. But I do not like to think of the amount of money and I don't want to ask for it!

So ... I rather have a dull job to earn the needed money (or a social payment, or even better: an unconditional basic income, leaving me much more time) and do it as my 'hobby'. And then I can give my products to people I like (as gifts) ...

This hobby happens to help me feel rich, because I can make my own clothing and household textiles, in my own style, using natural materials. And because I spend my time on it I am not looking for the kind of amusement costing money without producing anything. Together with 'cooking from scratch' this hobby makes it possible for me to live with a low income and still have my savings. I can even afford to buy materials and food in the locally produced organic quality I like (though not all, because they don't exist all in that quality)!

I don't think everyone understands this. It's my choice. Maybe here in this thread on Permies some will understand it.

Well said!
When I was marketing my work I was excited to begin a business and loved to weave.  After thirty years I felt more and more restricted by sales...the sometimes contradiction between creative hand made work and the need to 'mass produce' for markets.  I started feeling like a machine churning out things that were not special to me.  I sometimes thought this is the factory job I always resisted.  It can ruin any pleasure one has for their craft.

I think though, for many of us that sacrifice is worth it in order to have a home based business.

I can't express how much I am enjoying the freedom that I have now to create something without a thought to selling it...no customer sitting on my shoulder as I work, no figuring hours or material costs, etc. 
2 days ago
I've always thought that this is a situation where folks used smudge pots.  I never have but there is a lot online about them.  Maybe something other than oil could be burned? Here's a video...not sure it's the best one but they were burning wood in makeshift barrels under the trees that seemed better than having to buy the smudge pots and burn oil.  It all looks polluting now that I watch it because the purpose is to make smoke I guess.
I tried covering my peach trees once with garden fleece before an expected freeze and decided they were on there own after that experience   They can survive some cold if the fruit is not set yet (or maybe if just barely set?...I don't remember).

It seems like the clay would interfere with pollination if applied too early?

2 days ago
I had some wandering thoughts in this area...

Marketing is always the most difficult part of craft production especially in the fiber arts.  When I was weaving full time it was not the area that I wanted to spend much time but was so necessary.  

I kept track of my total hours and worked from that and materials costs.  I always included time dressing the loom, winding warp and bobbins, etc. and If I was doing hand spun, the time spent preparing fleece, etc was counted.  When I started selling my work, there were a few area weavers who were selling placemats for $2 each...by the time I had a line of items, I was selling placemats for $10 each wholesale...$20 retail out of the store and everyone else raised their prices.  I think it's good to check out the market and what is available for what price but in the end, make sure you are getting a wage that's actually making you an income, as many who sell 'craft' items are not in it in order to make a living wage...or are in a country where they are being paid a very small amount to do the work. 

I also found that I wasn't selling to my peers...my customers appreciated hand woven things and the novelty of my lifestyle but were not 'me'...especially when it came to handwoven jackets and ruanas and scarves.

I think the most important thing in selling hand crafted work is to tell your story ...on a tag, a sign or in person. 

Steve used to put the number of hours he spent on a coopered bucket tag rather than the price...it made for some interesting conversations and gave folks another way to look at his work.

I love your weavings and yarns...and I'm excited that you're getting ready to market them!

3 days ago

as soon as I go off this page to get a link, I lose what I am writing,

JW, If you're on a computer, big screen and all...try opening a new 'tab' for each place you go...leave your 'reply' alone in it's own 'tab'.   I remember the frustration of losing a reply...discovering tabs was a life saver.  There should be a big plus sign to the right of the tab that you have open (near the top of the screen) click on that to open a new tab. You can also right click on a link and choose 'open in a new tab'.  

...and if you have opened something on top of your reply, try right clicking on the arrow upper left of the screen and that should drop down a list of back pages that should still have your 'reply' available...I use a mouse, so some steps would be different with a touch screen.

Tabs are your friend

I am enjoying this thread, thanks for starting it!
5 days ago
Sometimes mends are purely functional and develop their own character as time goes by....

Sakabukuro, or sake straining bags, are usually made of cotton which has been saturated with green persimmon tannin, or kaki shibu, which gives the distinctive brown color. This utilitarian textile was used in sake making.

Crude sake, or sake lees, was placed in this bag and pressure was applied to squeeze out and filter the liquid. Repeated use required repeated mending and we see the wonderfully odd stitches applied for this purpose. (explains Sri Threads)

5 days ago

gary calery wrote:No response to my email or PM. I find that it seems many people, who post, are finding this site for the first time and do a big production of a post and don't even have the courtesy to respond with any reply whatsoever. I liken them to fishermen casting out to see if they can get a bite.

It could be, that since they didn't get a response in over three months that quit watching this thread? 

It's always nice if folks come back and give an update though.
6 days ago
Years ago we had our sons cut some black locust and set posts for a fence...they all sprouted nicely
I remember that they were a good size...maybe 10-12 inches in diameter. ..haha, my guy says 6-8 inches...he's pretty sure it was black locust although at the time we had both. 

I've since heard to set them in upside down to prevent that.  Of course, seasoning would have kept them from sprouting also.
6 days ago

William Dempsey wrote:I realize this thread is old, but may I ask what you all are using to pollinate your Blood cling peach trees with?  I'm in zone 5.  THank you for any help or pointers!

Hi William...welcome to permies!

We only had the one variety of this peach when we grew them, up to four trees blooming at once, but early on just two.  They produced great on a good year.  I'm not sure that other varieties for pollination matters for peaches?  I hope someone else here knows more.

1 week ago