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 offer a bespoke handweaving service for people who would rather have finished textiles than balls of yarn.
Alpaca yarn is just fantastic for weaving, which emphasises its softness and shine and the luxurious silky drape of the fibre. There are lots of ideas and illustrations of the type of thing we can make in the Handweaving section in Craft Corner.
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. (Please note: these are the costs for weaving only and do not include the cost of spinning the yarn.)
|Item||Size (cm)||Weave type||Yarn needed per item||Cost for first item|
|Cost per item
for 2-5 items
|Scarf||25 x 200||Chunky||c. 300g||£50||£30|
|Light (plainweave with colour pattern)||c. 250g||£60||£40|
|Wrap||60 x 200||Lace||c. 450g||£80||£50|
|Twill (textured weave)||c. 550g||£100||£60|
|Shawl||90 x 200||Lace||c. 650 g||£100||£60|
|Light||c. 700 g||£110||£70|
|Twill||c. 750 g||£120||£80|
|Baby Blanket||75 x 120||Chunky||c. 500 g||£75||£50|
|Light||c. 400 g||£90||£60|
|Twill||c. 450 g||£115||£70|
|Blanket/Throw||120 x 200||Chunky||c. 1500 g||£125||£75|
|Lace||c. 1000 g||£140||£85|
|Light||c. 1200 g||£160||£110|
|Twill||c. 1400 g||£180||£120|
|Complex twill (>2 colours)||c. 1400 g||£200||£130|