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May 19, 2011

recently I have had altogether too much time to think. I’ve been making and studying fibre and textiles since I first started making doll’s clothes. It is not just a passion but an obsession. I have shelves, drawers and cupboards full

–of weaving yarns and woven yardage

–of handspun

–and natural dyed yarn and fabrics. It’s not just in the studio but also every room in my small house.

I’m asking myself, what is the point of all this? Maybe I should take up golf or tennis or fishing? Just don’t know if this is sustainable.

Does anyone else struggle with this? And have you found an answer?

 In my experience textiles are difficult to sell. They have to compete with ethnic textiles, their price range and the desire to support those people producing them. The buying public, in my area, see more value in pottery, glass and “fine art”.

too much stuff 


8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2011 12:22 am

    could you please e- mail me . i would like to discuss something with you privately.


  2. May 20, 2011 5:01 pm

    I have the same problem, but try to view all the stuff as a treasure chest that I can dip into whenever I like. I have gotten slightly better at resisting temptation in buying more stuff, but now people just give me things because they know I am into textiles.


  3. May 20, 2011 8:31 am

    I have almost stopped making to sell – partly because of hand problems, but also because I am having difficulty seeing the point these days. My B-I-L bought a small cotton rug at Costco for about $2.00 – it is well made, nice design, good materials. I cannot even buy the materials for that price.


  4. May 20, 2011 1:20 am

    tell me about it! i live in that struggle myself.
    selling is difficult, now with the economy, verging in the impossible. yet i can’t stop because those activities give meaning to my life and make me a better person.
    i’ve tried exchanges, but satisfactory as they are they do not reduce the accumulated materials.
    as a stash reducing strategy i ‘ve turned to weaving yardage so i can sew my own clothes. i use up yarn and i have no need to buy sewing fabric 🙂


  5. May 20, 2011 12:23 am

    Exactly, yes. It’s a frequent struggle. I ask ‘what’s the point?’ all the time, and mostly I realise that there isn’t one, so you may as well be surrounded by the things you love. The fact that ‘art’ so often means only ‘paint on canvas’ to most people is very frustrating.


  6. May 19, 2011 5:51 pm

    on a positive note, much of the art on my walls are fine textile pieces!


  7. May 19, 2011 5:50 pm

    you are absolutely right. it’s impossible to sell much handwoven stuff, especially the finer quality work. i really wonder why, and yet in my kitchen drawer there are few handwoven towels, and many commercial ones. i do have all handknit dishcloths. my clothing? right now maybe no handwovens. sad. i i make and make and sell so little myself, even books and paper.


  8. May 19, 2011 3:48 pm

    I know exactly what you mean..l struggle with the same questions and problems but l cannot stop sewing, dyeing and anything else that l can do or make using materials of any sort. I think we are stuck with it and some how have to find a way to make it earn some money. When l have the answer l will announce it to the world!haxx


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