Friday, July 20, 2007

Well, it's been a while since my last post, but things have been hopping around here. The Chicago Home and Gift show will begin this Friday and I sent up a full sized blanket for display with my rep and had to get all of the promotional materials done as well.

I've also been working on the website-it's still rough, but hope you all can visit it. Feedback welcomed and encouraged.

http://www.fortnerhall.com

Monday, July 09, 2007

Well, now that the fourth is over, it's time to get ready for fall production... I'm expecting to need a good stock of blankets for the next few months, so want to get ahead of the curve. Weekend before last I wove almost 12 feet of fabric. I figure I can turn out a blanket in about 4 hours/8 hours with finishing, hemming, etc. Which is what I had always estimated, but never really proved out with a stopwatch or anything.

On the loom--other than the blankets--are some spools of thread to weave a test sample for the tie fabric. My tailoring mentor is interested in doing a little project where I weave custom silk fabric for her to make into high end ties. Cool idea, but there are a few snags: A)I'm not used to weaving that fine--I'll have to weave sewing thread weight or finer B)Ties are cut on the bias, so need a lot of fabric C)Initial investment is going to be high--I figure 3 yards of fabric using retail cost silk sewing thread will run about $157.00. Not sure how many ties could come from that but that's pretty pricey at a wholesale expense.

The economics of handweaving are really pretty intersting. I think most hobby weavers aren't too concerned about it, the weaving is part of the enjoyment, not part of the cost. It makes it very interesting to think about these sort of things, efficiencies to be made, etc.