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