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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Exciting News!!

We just got word that our studio has been chosen as one of 100 finalists (out of 2000 entries) in the American Made Awards sponsored by Martha Stewart.! If we get enough votes between now and September 24, we could win some major national exposure as well as $10,000!
We would be so grateful if you could take a couple minutes every day for the next 2 weeks, visit this website and place your vote.
Type in "Textile Studio" in the Search box.
Thank you so much for your support of our American-made business!!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fall 2012 Show Schedule

It's going to be a very busy fall and we are getting ready for it!  Hope to see you at one of these shows where you will find the very best artisans from all over the country.

Aug 10-12  Berkshire Craft Fair
Monument HS,  Route 7, Great Barrington MA

Aug 18-21  New York Gift Show
Booth 9549 Javits Center, New York NY
(Wholesale only)

Sept 29-30 Armonk Craft Fair
Westchester Community Park,  Armonk NY

Oct 12-14 Westchester Craft Show
Westchester County Center, White Plains NY

Oct 20-21 Northeast Fine Craft Show
Proctors Theatre, Schenectady NY

Nov 2-4  Rochester Fine Craft Show
Memorial Art Gallery, Univ of Rochester, NY

Nov 16-18 Washington Craft Show
Convention Center, Washington DC

Nov 30-Dec 2 Crafts at Morristown (confirmed)
Western Ave Armory, Morristown NJ

Dec 7-9 CraftBoston (confirmed)
Cyclorama, Tremont St,  Boston MA

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Laundry Day

July is the month we usually get serious about fall scarf production. We've collected orders from shops and galleries since February, entered the data in our computer system, and printed out inventory reports specifying how many of each style is needed by each account and by when. In the "old" days (80's and very early 90's) I would chart the orders on huge pieces of graph paper.... I'm so glad the computer compiles all this data for us effortlessly we can concentrate on designing and weaving!

After the warps come off the loom, we launder them to give them a lived-in softness. Here they're drying on our railing on a breezy July day. When dry, the long warps will be cut into individual scarves, steam-pressed, sewn, unfringed, labeled, then boxed up and sent to specialty shops around the country.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Smithsonian Craft Show April 2012

Our week in Washington was wonderful!  We spent the week of April 17th in the glorious National Building Museum at the one and only Smithsonian Craft Show.  Exhilarated and exhausted, we came home with a pile of orders and a whole lot less inventory... thank you to the Smithsonian Women's Committee and our patrons for another incredible show!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

All in a Day's Work

Last day of January 2012.... This month we focused on new fabric design and construction.  The looms get "dressed" and "undressed" repeatedly as we change warp colors, draws (the order in which yarn is threaded through the heddles on the loom) and sett (how densely or loosely the warp threads are placed together.) Dressing the loom can be very tedious, especially when it's an all day process involving 500 different ends (threads) each threaded through an individual heddle on the loom.  Good to have some help or at least some warm fur to keep me company!  

Our late winter/early spring shows are coming up soon:
February 22-26 American Craft Council Show, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore MD
March 23-25 CraftBoston, World Trade Center, Seaport Blvd. Boston MA
April 18-22 Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum, Washington DC