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What Do You Do With The Weaves You Make?

What do you do with the weaves you make?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?

Happy Weaving!

Kate

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Amy
    October 19, 2016 at 2:40 am

    I’ve listed all my current weaves on Etsy. Terrified of them getting damaged in the post though! How do you package yours before you ship them off around the world? Any tips would be super helpful! 🙂

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    Sona Nast
    October 20, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Fortunately I have a stairway in my home. I’ve been gradually hanging my weaves on the wall in the stairwell. They look good hanging at different levels up the wall.

    • Reply
      Kate
      October 20, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      That sounds so lovely! I have my own weaves sprinkled throughout our house, they just keep popping up “magically” 😉

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    Caroline
    October 20, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    I turn mine into cell phone covers, journal covers and amulet bags, they don’t require too much sewing and you can make the seam decorative and a feature. Flatter weaves can be mats, a feature panel on a bag, a pocket on a jacket, even a collar if its long and thin. Teeny ones can decorate a pair of plain shoes. You will soon come up with ideas of your own once you get started, and this will also suggest different scales to work on and yarns you may not normally consider. Its fun too!

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      Aisha
      October 20, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      I turn my weaves into wallets and place mats too! I don’t sell many weaves but I just so love weaving because they are so experimental! I love your ideas Caroline.

    • Reply
      Kate
      October 20, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      Great ideas!

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