As a new weaver I felt all at sea when it came to so many things. But I had something not every young weaver has - a local guild of very supportive members.
This morning I was emailing with someone and found myself being able to - hopefully - shake the pom poms of encouragement.
One of the things I mentioned was that if they want to sell online, they need to have really good photos. That the photos needed to convey something of the character of the cloth, because people largely buy textiles by *feeling* them.
Now, I'm no expert photographer, but over the years I've learned a few things and while my photos are absolutely NOT works of art, I do try hard to let the cloth speak for itself.
Mostly my online sales are to other weavers. Most of them have either seen my textiles in real life at a conference or class, but some buy on my reputation.
I've been weaving for about 4 decades, consistently attending local craft fairs and let's say I have a bit of a 'name' in this town. For persistence, if nothing else.
When I had my first 'big' health issue, I began gifting my health care providers with my textiles. The internist who saw me in emerg and, more importantly *believed* me, didn't whiff me away with 'oh you are just having a panic attack' and literally saved my life by arranging a stress test, got tea towels with hearts woven in.
Love the hairdresser story.
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