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Handwoven Sewing Patterns: patternssewn

Free sewing patterns and projects using hand woven fabrics.
Clothing Patterns from the Weaving Room
A book review of Clothing Patterns from the Weaving Room. This book contains lots of excellent patterns and design ideas for sewing fashions with your handwoven fabrics.

Kimono Patterns
Kimonos are sewn from straight pieces of fabric, making them an ideal project for your handwoven cloth.

crackle kimono

Sewing Tips for Handwoven Fabrics
Handy tips, techniques and advice for sewing with handwoven fabrics.

Clothkits Sewing Kits and Patterns
The Weaver Sews
Daryl Lancaster shows how to turn cherished handwoven fabric into wonderful and well-fitting garments.

Sewing Books: Sewing Handwoven

Sew something special: Sewing with handwoven fabrics
UK: Sew Something Special

Handwoven Tailormade: A Tandem Guide to Fabric Designing, Weaving, Sewing and Tailoring
How to use handwoven fabrics to make tailor-made garments.
UK: Handwoven Tailormade

Clothing from the Hands That Weave
Hints and instructions for creating new clothes out of age-old designs
UK: Clothing from Hands that Weave

Fabric Savvy: The Essential Guide for Every Sewer
UK: Fabric Savvy

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Selkirk Spinners: aa111899

During a visit to the west Kootenays of British Columbia, I was fortunate to visit the annual Christmas show and gift sale presented by the Selkirk Weavers Guild. The Kootenays are located in the southeastern region of British Columbia, Canada, east of the Rocky mountains, and north of the United States border. The three towns of Trail, Castlegar and Nelson are surrounded by the rugged Selkirk, Purcell and
Bugaboo mountain ranges and the pristine Kootenay Lake and Columbia river system.
The Selkirk Weavers Guild held their exhibit in the Kootenay Gallery of Art, History and Science, located in Castlegar, on the shore of the Columbia River. There was a delightful variety of handwoven gifts to choose from: fine linen table runners, colorful towels, soft and woolly blankets,
shimmering silk scarves, purses, bags and clothing.

Participants in the show were:

Nancy Penner
Vivian Jagersten
Dar McDowell
Mabel Verigin
June Bell
Ingeborg Thor-Larsen
Sandra Donohue
Ruby Marsh.

fur rug
Fur Rug
The most creative and fun use of recycled fiber, IMHO, was a fur rug. Ingeborg Thor-Larsen
cut a seal-skin coat into narrow strips and used them as weft. The warp was hand-dyed
cotton.

tapestry
Tapestry

handwovens
Handwovens

handwoven towels
Handwoven Towels

shawls
Shawls

pillow cover
Pillow Covers

linen towels
Linen towels

tea towels
Tea towels

tea towels

table runners
Table runners

shawls

scarves
Scarves

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Handmade Christmas Ornaments: aa120298

While Hilary Clinton asked weavers, knitters and artisans from the 50 states to contribute handmade Christmas ornaments for the White House Christmas tree, we hosted our own Christmas ornamentexchange for visitors to our website. Each participant wove 6 ornaments that will be distributed to other participants. Here are some of them.

Sandra Chahley had her first experience with double weave pickup technique using a pattern in Handwoven, Nov/Dec 1997. She used Curl Bros. 5/2 mercerized cotton, sett at 36 epi.
Janette Merriman made innovative use of plastic garbage bags, netting, and thrums in weaving these trees. The warp was 5/2 Pearl cotton, sett at 12 epi.
Beth Herity uses 3 mm polyester ribbon and triaial weave for these cards. Instructions by Mary T. Klotz can be found in Shuttle, Spindle, Dyepot, Spring 1991. Vol XXIII #2, pp. 16-17.
Rena Conrad’s overshot ornaments were based on Johann Schleelein’s pattern No. 123. Davison Handweavers Pattern Book, p. 131. Warp: 10/2 pearl cotton, weft: 5/2 pearl cotton, tabby: metallic thread.
This transparency ornament was made with hemp as warp and background weft. The star design uses 4/4 Foxfiber Green cotton.

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Blanket + Dog: aa040398

Blanket

Some time ago, I wove some handspun/dyed mohair blankets. I sold several of them, but decided to keep one for myself as the colours were so bright and cheery. The warp was comprised of 2/3 commercial 2 ply wool and 1/3 handspun. For the handspun, I spun a singles of wool and plyed it with a commercially spun mohair. The weft was a 2 ply commercial wool.

I dyed 1/3 of the yarns (both warp and weft) in red, 1/3 in cyan and 1/3 in blue. The warp was 44″ wide and sett at 6 e.p.i. I used an 8 dent reed, allowing an extra space for each mohair yarn. I wanted to create large squares of colour, so I divided the warp equally into thirds. 1/3 red, 1/3 cyan, 1/3 blue. Correspondingly, the weft was woven in thirds as well. I liked the effect of colour, however, if I did this project again, I would have more contrast of colour between the green and blue. I think the blue should have been in the dye pot a bit longer.

Dog:

One day, I was curled up in it reading a good book, and my faithful dog “Q” laid beside me as she always does. I fell asleep. When I awoke, I found she had chewed a hole in my new blanket. The blanket now has a 3″ hole in it.

Disaster

Suggestions Wanted

Help??
How would you fix this? Solutions can be woven, sewn, quilted, crocheted, knitted or ??

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Pricing Handwovens

Even though you may not be a weaver by profession at some point someone will ask if you are willing to sell your work. How much do you charge? How do you determine a reasonable price that will cover your costs and hopefully give you a bit of profit for your effort as well?

There are a number of points to consider:
supplies – the cost of your materials,
your time – both warping, weaving and finishing,
and the market price – what the customer is willing to pay.
Material cost:
There are a number of weave drafting software programs that will assist you in estimating your material costs. You enter the data: warp and weft cost per lb., sett, length and width of project, number of items, etc. and the total project cost is calculated for you.

Because so much of your time is spent warping the loom and materials lost to loom waste, it is more economical to make more than one item at a time. For this example, I will do the calculations for 3 mohair blanket throws.

  • Mohair cost per lb: $ 40.00
  • Yards per lb: 2240 y.p.p.
  • Sett: 6 e.p.i
  • P.P.I: 6 p.p.i.
  • Project width: 45 in.
  • Total length including loom waste: 12 yd.
  • Loom waste: 27 in.
  • Number of finished items: 3

For pricing purposes, in the material cost per lb. I have used the average Retail cost of the yarn. Even though I may be fortunate and have found material on sale or am able to purchase a large quantity at wholesale prices, for pricing products, it is wise to use the highest price I might have to pay for materials. Why? If I get a repeat order and have run out of the material I got on sale, and have to reorder at a higher price, I may not be able to meet the order.

Warp Cost:

  • Width x e.p.i. = 45 x 6 = 270 ends
  • No ends x Total length = 270 x 12 yds = 3240 yd.
  • Total yds/y.p.p. = 3240/2240 = 1.45 lb.
  • Total lb. x Cost per lb. = 1.45 x $ 40 = $ 58.00

Weft Cost:

  • Project width x p.p.i = 45 x 6 = 270 in.
  • Total length x 36 = 12 x 36 = 432 in.
  • Total length – loom waste = 432 – 27 = 405
  • (270 x 405)/36 = 109350 in./36 = 3038 yds.
  • Total yds/ ypp = 3038/2240 = 1.36 lb.
  • Total lb. x Cost per lb. = 1.36 x $40 = $ 55.00
  • Warp cost + Weft Cost = $ 58 + $ 55 = $ 113.00
  • Material Cost per Item:
    Total Cost/ No. of Items = $ 113/3 = $ 38.00

For your accounting records, you will have to recalculate this to obtain the actual cost of this project using the price you paid for your materials. The difference between the 2 “costs” is your profit on materials.
Labour cost:
Now that you know your material cost, you have to determine what your labour is worth. Is weaving your passion and you would happily work for free? Or do you want to make an income? When you calculate this, please remember that there are weavers who do this for a living. If you are willing to work for free, then others have to compete with lower prices and you may be doing them a disservice. Also, if you are successful and have to hire others, what will you have to pay someone else to weave for you? For illustration purposes, I will use a labour cost of $ 10.00 per hour.

Warping time:
Estimate how long it takes you to warp a loom and add this to your calculation.
Weaving time:
What is your average time to weave a certaing length of fabric? Time yourself over several projects. If you have put on a blanket warp as in this example, record your start and finish times as you are working on the project. Using these records will help you to determine what your average weaving speed is and also identify if your speed is improving. For this calculation, I will use an estimate of 1 ft. per hour.

Finishing:
It is important to not forget that it takes time to finish your projects. How long does it take to wash, full, brush and finish the ends of your blankets?

  • Warp time: 5 hr. x $ 10 = $ 50.00
  • Weave time: 10 yd = 30 ft.
  • 30 hr. x $ 10 = $ 300.00

3 blankets x 2 hr./blanket = 6 hr.
6 hr. x $ 10 = $ 60.00
Total Cost:

  • Material: $ 115.00
  • Warp time: $ 50.00
  • Weaving time: $ 300.00
  • Finishing: $ 60.00
  • Total: $ 525.00
  • Total Price per Blanket: $ 525/3 = $ 175.00

So now you have determined that you should charge at least $ 175.00 for your blankets. The other important factor to consider is what price your market will bear. Will your customers be willing to pay $ 175 for your blankets? Are you able to charge more because your blankets are of exceptional quality? Do you have a ready supply of materials that you can obtain at a very low cost and are able to drop your selling price?

If you sell wholesale to retail stores or on consignment, the stores will also mark-up your products, so the final selling price will almost double. If you are able to sell a larger quantity, will the increased sales make up your profit margin so that you are able to drop your wholesale prices?

There are a lot of factors to consider when pricing. If you have questions or comments, join us in the forum for an ongoing discussion on pricing and marketing of our products.

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Craft Business Books

The Handmade Marketplace, 2nd Edition: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online

Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business

Art Money & Success: A complete and easy-to-follow system for the artist who wasn’t born with a business mind. Learn how to find buyers, get paid … nicely, deal with copycats and sell more art.

Art Money & Success: A complete and easy-to-follow system for the artist who wasn’t born with a business mind. Learn how to find buyers, get paid … nicely, deal with copycats and sell more art.

Sewing to Sell – The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Craft Business: Bonus – 16 Starter Projects • How to Sell Locally & Online

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