5 times.

As I gear up for Porter Flea this weekend, my fifth one, it's easy to reminisce about the very first one and how much I've changed and my business has grown in these last 2 years. Looking back through the pictures, it seems like so long ago I got my business license and became a "professional" weaver. I was so nervous waiting for the "you got in" or "sorry, next time around" email I don't think I even ate for two days! Then it came time to actually start making things.. all the things. I made all the tea towels, scarves, table runners, and pillows my little fingers could handle. I also had to figure out my booth design, that was a nightmare! Many trips to thrift stores and the flea market and hours upon hours of work on Rogers part- we finally had it figured out! Rebecca and Taylor came up to help and the rest is a blur. The biggest thing I took from that weekend, was that I NEEDED Porter Flea in my life. 

I am still just as humbled to be accepted into Porter Flea again and again, I really count on it for my business and it keeps me working and coming up with new product ideas. This time around, I'm doing things a little differently- I've spent much of this last year collaborating with other local designers and I thought-- what better idea than to share a booth with some of them! They just happen to be my studio-mates too, and I love them to death. There have definitely been a few ups and downs in this whole booth planning thing, like trying to figure out how 3+ of us would be able to fit in our 8x8 booth, but we've worked it all out and I couldn't be more excited to share this experience with them. (Although they are long-time Porter Flea veterans from back when it first started) I feel like we've come full circle. That very first Porter Flea Roger and I went to when we moved here was the first time I met Jamie and Hannah. I knew from that day forward, my number one goal was to be able to work with them. 

My products have grown and changed, that's obvious, but I can also see how much my process has changed. I never really stuck with anything long enough to experience the "practice makes perfect" thing until now. 2 years ago, as I was making my lists and planning out my time leading up to Porter Flea, I had to get all my weaving done the week before so I would have time to finish products. That last warp I did for that market was for 15 tea towels and Roger thought I was crazy. Porter Flea is on Friday, 2 days away, and I just put 15 yards on my big loom to have done in time. And I will easily finish it. To break it down for you- that's 560 square feet of cloth for 15 tea towels compared to 2,700 square feet of cloth for these 15 yards. So I guess practice really does make perfect! I definitely hope to see you all this weekend, because Porter Flea would mean nothing without you guys! Thanks! 

Endless Mistakes

Have you ever had a project you've been working on that you just can't seem to get right? it doesn't matter what you do, you just seem to make mistake after mistake after mistake? That pretty much sums up my last week. I've been working for 2 weeks straight, while fighting a cold,  to get a rush order done for 6 yards of fabric and I finally finished at 10:30 tonight after 12 hours of work today- and a week late. 

Seriously, every mistake I could possibly make, I made, times 2. The initial 20,000 yards of yarn I dyed turned out too similar in tone and rendered the pattern invisible. A fact I discovered after close to 19 hours of work. My only option was to start over. I remeasured 10,000 yards, redyed it, tied all 1200 ends on, and restarted.  I thought I was finally on the home stretch, albeit 5 days past my deadline. 

By the time I reached weaving yard number 4 last night, I made the unhappy discovery that my warp was too short. Yep, I missed a loop on my warping board and measured my entire 5 foot width of fabric 2 yards too short. Today was spent remeasuring, retying, and reweaving the last 2 yards for my order. Now a week late. 

I'm turing in the finished fabric tomorrow and am looking forward to seeing it in action- even if I don't ever want to think about these 2 weeks again. Now back to work. 

Fiber:Shop

 
 

Saturday was the opening day of Hey Rooster's Fiber:Shop! Courtney, the owner and founder, put together a beautifully curated pop-up shop that features all things fibers! I included some of my various wovens, there were clothes from Jamie and the Jones and People Like Art, wall hangings by Soñadora, naturally dyed napkins by Camellia Fiber Co., as well as several other handmade items made by local and regional artists. Courtney did a beautiful job setting up and displaying everything and I am thoroughly honored to be representing the woven category!