Well, having got everything set up and running in the Open Studios, I thought I’d take an evening off on Sunday and catch up on all the weaving & textile blogs I follow. I’d had about three weeks of crazy so was falling seriously behind on what everyone is doing. Unfortunately, I made a terrible mistake: after only one post I managed to get Google Reader to “mark all posts as read” and all the new stuff disappeared… Looks like I am going to be catching up using the random browse method instead, which is a good deal slower and not as catchy-uppy as I had in mind. Bother. So if you are the proprietor of a weaving blog, please don’t do anything too interesting for a few days!
Now that we are into a routine, I am quite enjoying a working day which only lasts eight hours, including the commute. That’s a life I think I could embrace! I do find it tiring talking to people — something we all know I am not really accustomed to — but it’s lovely to have this chance to chat about weaving and textiles. I let myself take the evenings off at the weekend, but yesterday we went down to the new studio to sort out some bits and pieces and tonight I need to make more buttons. I started with four different colour schemes, but only one is still reasonably well stocked. These little chaps (made from the scraps of this) are down to one solitary soul left in the bottom of the bowl. Even more exercising is the fact that I am down to only two in white/grey/black. I don’t have a lot of cloth in neutrals!! I suspected it would make popular buttons, though, as I’ve heard that some people do like a bit of subtlety.
Many of the visitors we have had so far are other-people-who-make-things, who are curious about what we make and how we do it. People like me, in other words. So the things they are most interested in buying are my buttons and my mother’s hand-dyed fabrics, rather than the polished finished products. That is as I expected, since most of the OS enthusiasts I know are “people like me”, including me. But it does mean a lot of button-making — and keeps me from that bloggy catch-up too.
If you’re on Facebook you should be able to see more photos (including the amazing Wall of Fabric) I posted to this album in the Perthshire Open Studios group. I’m not sure that groups are accessible to non-users, however. I’ll aim to post more pictures here, but am making no promises about when that will happen…
Update: Margreet confirms that the FB album is visible even if you don’t have an account, but Charlotte adds that there’s no “like” option. I’m guessing that you have to be a member of the group to interact with it (but only guessing). Thanks for testing the system!