Some of our customers sell their yarn on their websites or at Farmers’ Markets or Craft Fairs. Some use it themselves to make presents for extremely lucky friends and relatives, or barter it for bottles of sloe gin and all sorts of other goodies. Others make and sell fantastic knitwear, or woven or felted textiles.
But we realise that not everyone has the time or inclination for craftwork, so we’re developing a range of additional products and services for people who would rather have finished textiles than balls of yarn.
Weaving costs depend on lots of variables, including size, yarn weight, pattern, and the number of items to be woven. A lot of the time (and therefore cost) involved in hand-weaving is in preparing the warp ready for weaving, so it’s much more cost-effective to weave several items from the same warp if possible. (But this doesn’t mean that they all have to be exactly the same – we can use different colours of warp and weft, and with weave patterns like twill, you can get lots of variation in pattern from the same warp.) The various permutations and combinations are almost endless, so it’s best to ask for a specific quote for whatever you have in mind, but the following will give you some idea of the sort of costs involved:
|Item||Size (cm)||Yarn needed per item (g)||Cost for first item||Cost per item for 2-5 items|
|Scarf||25 x 180||c. 250||£70||£45|
|Shawl||75 x 200||c. 750||£120||£95|
|Baby Blanket||75 x 120||c. 500||£90||£65|
– fine weave
|120 x 200||c. 1200|| |
Examples and costs will be here soon.
We can also use the waste fibre from spinning yarn for stuffing, provided it doesn’t have too much vegetable matter – so not thirds (the offcuts from the belly and lower legs, which tend to be very spiky and dirty) but the slightly coarser or shorter blanket fibre that’s rejected by our fibre separators and carders as part of the spinning process, so has already been washed. Again, please watch this space for further details.