Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Design

New chenille warp, new scarf design

And that's as much as I'm going to share of that one. :)

After months of feeling as though I was in the creative doldrums, I now have two solid new designs that I'm going to be putting into production. Both are rayon chenille, and both will - hopefully - use up some of the pounds of rayon chenille I have in stock.

So it's a win-win situation - I'll have the new designs I've been feeling that I've been needing, and I won't have to buy yet more yarn! At least not to begin with. If at all. I may take this opportunity to go out of rayon chenille altogether once I get my current stash used up.

Or not. :)

The first design is a simple pattern, a re-working of something tried and true - and all too easily copied. So I won't be showing those scarves on my blog.

From time to time I'm asked how I prevent people copying my work.

The answer is - I don't. I just move on. There is really nothing new under the sun, and anything I can dream up anybody else can dream up as well. It was one reason why I purchased a 16 shaft loom back in 1981 - yes, people were copying my work - sometimes blatantly (boy have I got stories) and at the time there were very few 8 shaft looms around, let alone 16 shaft ones.

I figured that most people who would invest in a 16 shaft loom would have plenty of ideas of their own and wouldn't be likely to copy my textiles.

As someone who earns their income by creating textiles to sell, I've learned that it's always a good idea to have one or two new designs to offer every year. The past two years I didn't have the energy or will to come up with much. It was enough just to be weaving.

So, quite frankly, my designs were not wondrous creative leaps. They were - I hope - just good cloth, well made.

I don't know if it was the last tweak in medication, the re-introduction of the Cardio Cocktail, or the phase of the moon, but the last week I have felt a stirring of - something - a desire to come up with new designs. :) So now I have two that I feel confident will be nice and I'm looking forward to getting them ready for the craft fairs ------next year.


barbara said...

Good for you, getting the creative juices flowing. Not only will it be fun to weave new designs; it will be fun using up stock!!! It is annoying how other weavers do "copy" anything they think they want to weave. Right down to the exact color combination. Good luck with your Craft Show this weekend.
Weaverly yours ..... Barbara

Anonymous said...

oh, yeah..copying! I did a demo in NYC several years ago, selling little handwoven pincushions while I was there, and, GUESS WHAT TURNED UP IN A CRAFTS MAG a little over six months later!!!!
You have to feel sorry for people who are so uncreative or sleazy as to have to stoop to this sort of thing, but it would be wonderful to be able to give them a good, swift, hard KICK while they're "stooped!"
Nancy C