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How much does a weaving cost?

October 18th 2011 in Costs of Weaving, Musings, Projects

Welcome to the first in a series of posts on the true cost of a weaving. At this point, there are nine (9) more posts planned, each tackling a separate topic about the true costs behind handwoven goods.

  • Materials
  • Design
  • Preparation — before weaving
  • Weaving
  • Finishing
  • Preparation for Sale
  • Shipping
  • Tools
  • Learning

I envision this series to be educational in nature, and hopefully will stir some debate — I would love to hear other people’s opinions on the topic.  Obviously, I am speaking from my own experience and research; others will have their own beliefs on the matter.

Why???

I’m writing this, in part, for my own understanding.  Without identifying and elaborating on the process and costs of weaving, then it is difficult to justify, to myself and others the true cost of handwovens.

For the basis of this series, I am going to go through the process of creating, from scratch a ruana. A ruana is a poncho like garment which is open in the front and often worn as a wrap.

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[caption id="attachment_224" align="alignleft" width="175" caption="The finished scarf"][/caption]

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I think it turned out pretty fabulous!  And I have enough yarn left for one more…

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