I was asked this question a while ago, a newer weaver was starting to pile up a lot of weaves that she had made. She wanted to do something with the weaves, but selling them was not an option she was interested in. This made me wonder what do you do with your weaves?
A few options that I’ve done and have seen others do are:
|| Give them as a gift to a friend or family member ||
This one is my favorite! Because I put so much time, work, and emotion into my weaves, I love to give them to someone I care about. Although I try to be careful and make sure I give handmade gifts to those who really want it, otherwise it will probably collect dust in a closet, which is no fun for anyone.
|| Selling your work ||
This is also a popular option for many. It is so humbling when someone spends their money on something you made, and no worries about it sitting in their closet collecting dust! This does take more effort with marketing and maintaining your shop, but it is very doable. It’s usually a bit hard to send my weaves out into the world. I get a little sad sending them off, but I love being able to share things that mean so much to me and hope they bring joy to others.
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|| Decorate your own home ||
Its nice to keep your work for yourself too! I have a few weaves that I’ve made that are really special to me. I don’t have a lot of room to hang these weaves, but I have a few spots. It’s really fun to rotate my weaves between these spots. It lets me enjoy what I’ve made and it’s fun to re-decorate every so often.
|| Display at a local shop ||
At the place where I get my haircut, they love to hang the work of local artists. I’ve also seen this done at coffee shops and other small businesses. It’s a win-win, your work gets enjoyed by the public and the business gets beautiful décor. If there is a shop that you think your work would look good in, just ask if they’d be interested. It might even be possible to work out a deal to sell your work from the walls.
|| Donate them ||
This option came from a second reader that helped me with the first question of what to do with all the weaves you make. And what a great idea! This second reader shared that she had donated an embroidery she had made to a charity that meant a lot to her. I hadn’t though of this option before, so I’m so glad she shared.
Now I would love to hear from you! What do you do with your weaves? Maybe even something besides what I’ve already listed?
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