Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Take me to the fair. Maybe.

Hello, friends. Here we are well into July and I have yet to write a post about my weaving activities. While I have been weaving quite a bit (especially on wee "Bug"), I tend to get distracted this time of year with gardening and other summertime activities. I've been especially intent on reducing the effects of the dreaded Asiatic Garden Beetle and His Fatty-ness, the resident woodchuck, on our vegetables and flowers.

My latest weaving project on the LeClerc is a four-shaft shadow weave scarf. It is warped and woven in alpaca and silk in black and lavender. I really like the way it is coming together. If you have seen my Facebook posts about the weaving, you are already familiar with the struggles I've had. (The pattern has a lengthy repeat - 48 ends - and it is hard to find a good rhythm). After some serious doubts about finishing the scarf, I decided for forge ahead. Progress is slow by steady. Here is the scarf as she stands today:

I love the way the scarf looks and feels. I'm thinking about keeping the scarf for myself or, possibly, saving it for a special gift. My experiences with the local artisan shows here tell me that this scarf, or perhaps any woven from this design and yarn, will garner attention but will most likely not find a buyer. Given the price of the yarns, the size of the scarf, the time invested in the design, warping, and most importantly, the painstakingly slow weaving of the piece, I can't price this item "attractively."

So, what to do with said piece? I think the item is a pretty good representation of my ability as a weaver. I'm thinking about entering the item in a popular local fair, The Deerfield Fair, which is held here in New Hampshire in September.

Have any of my lovely readers ever taken a handcrafted item (or, perhaps, a delightful lamb or bunny) to an agricultural fair? The particular fair I'm considering has been in existence for many years (138!) and is well-attended.

Perhaps I'll have good fortune, just like one of my all-time favorite movie characters, Esme Hoggett, who was a fierce competitor in the preserves/jams/jellies division of the country fair in the movie, "Babe. "

Esme Hoggett, champion
Do share your county fair entry experiences here! I always enjoy reading your posts! Thanks for reading.

Be well,
Kate K.


Thistle Rose Weaving said...

Kate, you will do very well at the fair. I have had the pleasure of showing at three different state fairs in the last couple of years. Each fair was a lot of fun and I came away with many rosettes and ribbons. It is a real boost to one's ego when you bring home a fist full of first place ribbons for your weaving. I wish you much success. Glad to hear that Bug is fitting in so well ;-)

Nutfield Weaver said...

Thank you for your encouragement, Martha! Let's hope my work gets accepted for exhibit for starters -- then I'll start thinking about rosettes! Happy weaving! --kate