Sunday, November 20, 2011

Next Big Project

next Fox Fibre towel

I think the towels on this warp are turning out quite nicely.  They will make excellent hostess gifts next year when I travel to teach.  They will also eventually be listed on my Art Fire Store as soon as they are wet finished, hemmed and pressed - which will take a while.  I'm just about at the half way mark on this warp with quite a bit of weaving left to do - it's a 40 yard warp.  :)

In the meantime I am getting over my cold and finally my brain and energy seem to be returning.

One of the things I have had to do is take serious stock of where I am at in my life and what direction I would like to go in terms of weaving/teaching/writing.  I'm now 61 years old with no pension plan other than to continue to weave.  No lottery wins for me!  (Of course one is supposed to actually buy a lottery ticket in order to win!)  :}

A number of people have urged me to produce more sample packets so I have been giving this very close consideration and have decided that if I scale back and do a much more modest presentation than Magic in the Water that it is feasible.

Right now plans include 10 projects with before and after samples.  This will mean 10 (approximately) 16 yard long warps to weave, cut up and wet finish the actual samples plus the prototype project warps.  The samples will come as loose pages (no binder) which will help save on shipping and production costs and the print run will be 150 maximum.  Printing will be done by a laser copier, not an off set press which will further reduce the expense of production.  Samples would be stapled to card stock as we did for Magic.  Yes, all projects will have project notes and be for either 4 or 8 shaft looms.

My deadline to have this ready would be by Convergence next year.  Ball park pricing is between $50 and $60 for the package plus shipping.  If you are at all interested you can vote on the poll at the top of the page (or email me laura at laurafry dot com if you want to be on my pre-publication contact list and I'll let you know when it is ready for sale). 

If this first publication is well received I have plans for 3 additional publications.

Currently reading Leave the Grave Green by Deborah Crombie


Sue said...

I had to vote "no" since I already have the Big Book!


Laura Fry said...

Hi Sue, this will be a completely different 'book' covering different information and some different yarn combinations than Magic. :)


Laura said...

Just wanted to let you know I tried your shuttle "catch and release" method, and I got it!! It took me awhile to get it down, but it is more fluid.

Thanks for all your info - I learn something from almost every post!!

Laura Fry said...

Great - glad it helped. :)

mageez said...

If I'd of found the poll in time to vote it would have been a 'yes please'. even thou i've been weaving my whole life Magic is my most used reference book.

Laura Fry said...

Hi Mageez, I've started on it - hopefully it will be done by late spring. :)