Originally published at Con or Bust by Susan Palwick. Please comment there ( comment(s)).
Custom Handspun, Handwoven Scarf
I will design and create, in consultation with you, a handspun and handwoven scarf. “Handspun” means that I’ll be laboring for hours at my spinning wheel to make the yarn for your scarf. “Handwoven” means I’ll be weaving it on my rigid heddle loom.
If you’re allergic to wool, this isn’t your item. Handspun wool is much less allergenic than its commercial cousins, but I can’t promise that you won’t have a reaction to it, and wool’s the fiber with which i’m most comfortable (a silk blend is possible, though!).
I don’t prepare or dye my own fiber: I’ll buy roving for this project, but will run it past you first to make sure you like it. Picking out the colors is half the fun!
This is a non-smoking home with three cats. I store fiber carefully and wash all finished pieces, but I can’t promise that there won’t be a cat hair somewhere in the mix.
I’m working on a simple loom, but I can produce solid colors (obviously!), stripes, plaids, houndstooth, log-cabin, and more free-form clasped-weft designs. The geometric blue and white scarf to the right is an example of that last technique; it’s also possible to do curves, only there can only be two colors going across any point in the scarf.
If you aren’t sure what these terms mean, ask me; there are lots of images available on the net. If you feel adventurous, you might want me to spin up a multi-colored roving, which can produce a pleasingly irregular striped effect like this pink and green one.
Please note that these two scarves are examples only, and aren’t available in this auction!
Also, because I’m a busy academic, this project will probably take me a few months.
I ask that you pay shipping, if applicable. (I can hand-deliver in northern NV and CA.)
Starting Bid: $100
Bidding will open Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5); it closes Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.