This is a little chapter on the complicated creative process that starts when I get an order from a client, as I want to celebrate completion of all of my outstanding orders but one. (Note to Nina, you are next!).
Many craftspeople and artists have spoken with me about how much trouble orders usually are, how much time they take, and how some will not even accept the often frustrating challenge of accepting special orders. I myself have mixed feelings about orders. It is a always a challenge for the client to communicate what they want and for the artist to attempt to “deliver”. Always a challenge, though I must say there has only been one total “failure” in communication in all the years I have been weaving for other people. So the odds are good that the piece will work out fine. Nonetheless, there is a lot of agonizing thought going into each order, and its a self conscious process, second guessing each step.
Just a little vocabulary note for the non weavers. The warp is the lengthwise threads that are threaded into the loom. The weft or woof is the widthwise threads that weave through the warp to make the cloth.
And now I have moved on to the next order. A daughter wanted a wrap like the one I had made for her mother but larger, and in different colours. She helpfully sent a photo so I could see the height difference between them, and tried to explain what colours she wanted.She wanted it to be “dressy”, to wear with jeans and boots. Well, I’ll try..