I'm reading not one, but two, books: "The Geography of Bliss" by Eric Weiner which I am finding so interesting that I may have to do a book review for you later. Also my husband and I are reading this one together: "Murder Down Under" by Arthur W. Upfield. It is a murder mystery set in Western Australia, written in 1937. The language is a bit difficult in places, but reading aloud to each other makes it more fun.
I did weave a few things in between. Like this guitar strap which I find amusing because it uses an old tie-dyed t-shirt for warp (made into yarn by me) and recycled blue jeans for weft (it's a comercially available yarn from Kollage, called "Riveting".)
Several conversations with interesting folks about potential custom orders took place:
1) There was the guy from Montana who wanted to hunt in his buckskin clothes, but the state requires him to wear Blaze Orange (Hunter's Safety Orange) so he asked if I could weave him a sash in Blaze Orange. I Googled to see what I could find in the way of yarn to accommodate this request.
There is a company, Bartlett Yarns in Harmony, Maine who makes some lovely-looking worsted wool yarn in this color. And then I stumbled upon this knitter's blog because she mentioned having used this very yarn. I inquired to see how she liked it and was rewarded with a friendly message and prompt analysis! Too bad I never heard back from this customer; it would have been fun!
2) A representative of a very large textile manufacturer in North Carolina contacted me to see if I could weave 350 bracelets using some of their yarn in time for a trade show. I responded somewhat hesitantly to this request. Did I really want to do it? But, they do big business in this country and others, too, so I thought it might be interesting. Actually, I'm rather relieved that this order did not materialize, though.
3) A Canadian woman contacted me though to inquire if I would ship to Canada. This led to a long discussion of what she liked in my Etsy shops and ultimately, we agreed that a custom order was called for. I'm not going to go into detail about the project because I've asked her to take photos and write a guest post for the blog about it when we are done. I bet most of you, except maybe some Canadians have never heard of this one.
I've been working on some widget ads to promote new products and think if I had lots more time, I'd take up computer graphic design. My friend, Laverne, helped me out with this and referred me to the software she uses. Here I go downloading pure graphic potential! You can see one of the ads here on her blog. Scroll down until it appears in the sidebar.
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One of my small works is in a small show at the Santa Cruz Art League, and I think I'll tell you more about that next time. We went to the show opening, but it was too crowded to get good photos.