I need to say big thank yous to hundreds of people…
…to everyone who visited our Open Studio at venue 35 last week
…to everyone who cheered us on and/or offered practical assistance, whether in person or online (which includes all of you, gentle readers)
…to the Perthshire Open Studios committee and other helpers who worked really, really hard to make everything happen
…to Stuart, who does everything
…and to my mother, for putting up with me and my loom in her dining room for over a week.
It was seriously exhausting and, given that we were able to choose our own opening days, we really should have scheduled ourselves a day off. But we didn’t. And we survived anyway. And it was amazingly successful.
Having no idea what to expect, I hadn’t set myself any goals other than to do it and see what happened. The diversity of visitors was very interesting — lots of people on a day out from the Dundee or Perth area, of course, but also folk from further afield who were devoting a whole weekend (or even longer) to the Open Studios. There were people who had never seen a loom before, people who had dabbled in weaving, people who had a lifetime’s experience of weaving and several people who were involved in the textile industry, either currently or before they had retired. I always aimed to find out what they knew before I made a fool of myself trying to explain things — it mostly worked! I did enjoy hearing from some of the more experienced visitors, especially as it allowed me to stop talking for a bit. Everyone liked the Delta, though 🙂
As I mentioned previously, there were a lot of visitors who do something fibre-y, such as embroidery or quilting, so we had good sales of the small things which appeal to textile enthusiasts: fabric, buttons and cards.
I did a such a roaring trade in mug rugs that I had to cut off the ones I was weaving on my demonstration warp, take them home and finish them. And I still have orders to fill for Christmas.
But the higher value items sold well too — not as quickly, but steadily through the week — and it was lovely to send handwoven scarves away to their new homes to be worn and enjoyed. Well, mostly lovely. There were one or two which I rather had my eye on, but I probably have sufficient scarfage to be going on with.
My conclusions are that this was very well worth doing, that I am more cut out for making than for shop-keeping, and that I don’t want to be a one-woman mug rug factory, fun as it is to make them from time to time.
Oh, and in the evenings we moved stuff to the new studio. More on that in the next post!
“Thank you” was posted by Cally on 11 Sept 2012 at http://callybooker.co.uk