Much like birthing an actual human, bringing this project, store, and renewed weaving practice to life has been profoundly challenging. I have no intentions of blogging baby photos and writing about the day-to-day of preventing a toddler from eating crayons, and yet, I don't think I could properly communicate my excitement and gratitude for creating a new, official creative space without at least casually mentioning that it's been a JOURNEY to return to (any semblance of) productivity after having a baby. For the past 7 months I've considered myself 'on the clock' for Nomadic Character the moment she falls asleep. I have been warping, and weaving, and sewing, and website building, and class planning, and class attending, and supplies sourcing, and only very very very occasionally watching Last Week Tonight.
A small shop has been a long time coming, and yet I'm so glad I didn't rush into making one years ago. I've given myself time to experiment with all kinds of fibre arts, complete a lot of projects, and eat many a slice of humble pie. I've tried things that worked out well! I've tried things that didn't work out so well...I've attended many semesters of weaving school, sought out private instruction, and developed my own teaching style quite a bit in the past few years. I don't think I'm an expert -- I hope to be a lifelong student of yarn and string -- but I'm meticulous, and obsessive when it comes to learning, and I'm proud of the work I'm creating right now. I can't wait to see pieces in your homes!
One of my biggest worries going into this was that people wouldn't want to follow along or support me if I didn't narrow down the things I make to one niche product (ie, just rugs, or handwoven pillows, or wall hangings, etc). To be honest, I am not done worrying about that, but I've decided not to let the fear (I know, barf, what am I a motivational speaker??) stop me from giving this alternative business plan a go. So if you're wondering what this online shop will hold, I'm happy to say that it will be small batches of handmade fibre goods. Sometimes shop updates will be pillows and pouches, sometimes it will be handwoven tote bags and shirts. Sometimes it will be a collection of rugs. I don't know if I'll make wall hangings again, but I'm definitely not ruling it out. This fall I'll even be launching an Ontario farm yarn that came together through the help of a community of women. So, as I exclaim to my daughter every morning when I wrestle her into her snowsuit (and mitts, and socks, and toque, and scarf, and boots), 'We're going on an adventure!"
If you've taken the time to read this, or peruse the shop, or even just follow along on instagram as I make things with yarn, thank you. I'm so grateful to have some kind folks along for the ride.