04.22.20

Weaving Workers at Home, part 1

As we all settle into new routines, and a different world for a little while, those of us who are makers are certainly grateful for our craft. The act of making beautiful things helps sustain our spirits, and there is also a satisfaction in completing abandoned projects and making a dent in the yarn or fiber stash!

 

I have been checking in with our teachers, and some former Weaving Workers, so we can share what we are all up to while we can't be together. This is just a sampling of the wide variety of projects going on at home!

 

Sam:

Sam teaches a range of classes, including (but not limited to!) drop spindling, needle felting, wet felting, and weaving on small looms. Her enthusiasm for teaching means that she has been preparing for future classes while staying safe at home, as well as dipping into stash yarns for these lovely cushions:

four colorful handwoven cushions on a grey sofa, with a sweet tan dog resting beside them.

Sam's cheerfully-colored cushions are woven in simple tabby, so they could be made on any loom that is about 18" wide, whether rigid heddle or harness. They are machine-sewn on three sides, and then hand-stitched on the fourth, in lieu of a zipper. Sweet pup Buster is a fan!

 

Stacy:

Stacy never fails to amaze us with her prolific range of projects, from gardening to volunteering to performing in musical groups, to all of the fiber arts she can get her hands on. Though some of the group activities are on hold for now, she still finds plenty to fill the days.

With good weather for dyeing (until just recently), Stacy has been working on dye projects with fabric and yarn, as well as finishing knitting from last summer (oh, those ends, though!), making stuffed critters for neighborhood kids to spy in the windows, and growing some tomato seedlings to keep and share. Whew!

cart full of folded, dyed sheets in a cool rainbow of colors      knitted fair-isle patterned hat in shades of blue and brown with sheep motifs

inside of same hat, showing so many yarn ends to be woven in
carton full of tomato seedlings in tiny pots

 

On the weaving front, Stacy has a new (to her) little loom that is being tested with an overshot pattern in springtime shades. She's been catching up on reading some back issues of Vav, Ply, and a few other magazines, too! Stay tuned for more, I'm sure.

close up of weaving in progress with an overshot pattern in yellow and pink
darling little metal loom, with the beginnings of a new warp in pink

 

Marcy:

Marcy is the owner and founder of the Weaving Works, in business since 1974! She has taken full advantage of the first month of lockdown to turn a giant pile of fabric strips into a giant pile of rag rugs. Such a lot of weaving!

basket of fabric strips in variety of colors, mostly overflowing onto the floortall stack of woven rag rugs in an assortment of colors

 

Jennifer:

I have been keeping busy answering emails and shipping orders (thank you!), but I'm also enjoying spinning some rainbows, and participated in a mitt-along hosted by Spin-Off magazine. I even got out my sewing machine and fabric stash, and made some face masks for friends and family.

closeup of plied handspun yarn in rainbow shades and pale grey knitting in progress, with rainbow-striped yarn in a triangle shape, with bamboo needles a finished handspun mitt in rainbow yarn, being modeled on a hand, palm up view of a Lendrum spinning wheel from above, with a basket of rainbow-dyed yarn on a table behind some face masks fanned on a table, with one opened up, and the edge of the sewing machine visible at the side

 

That's it for now. We would love to see what you are up to! If you would like to share, you can tag us on Facebook (The Weaving Works) or Instagram (@weavingworks), or just send me an email (info@weavingworks.com).

Stay well, be kind, and make beautiful things! We've got this, friends. <3

 

03.17.20

Stay Home, Stay Healthy!

The Weaving Works is committed to doing our part to keep our community healthy, and we are making a few adjustments in accordance with recommendations from health officials.

line drawing of a standing sheep, holding a sprig of cotton plant in its mouth

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Update May 13:

Due to the volume of orders we've been getting, I am now back to shipping orders three times a week! Thank you so much for your support.

Most of our suppliers are up and running, with some minor shipping delays, so we have been able to restock the shop. Please get in touch if there is something you have been waiting for.

Classes and order pickups are still on hold for now. We will continue to monitor changes in the situation and act accordingly.

 

Update March 30:

As a business run by a single person, the Weaving Works is permitted to continue shipping orders during the shutdown, without any public interaction. However, we would like to remain conscious of the need for medical supplies, food, and other essential items to take priority for shipping providers. With this in mind, I will ship orders once per week while Washington state is under stay-home orders, and promise to keep in touch about your order status as things change. Thank you for your patience!

 

Update March 23:

As you may have heard, Governor Inslee has declared a two-week stay-home order in Washington state to contain the spread of the coronavirus. This means that I will not be able to ship orders after Wednesday, March 25. If you need to order anything from our online store, I ask that you do that by 9am on Wednesday, so that I can get it to the mail room before the mail pickup. I will continue to be available by email at home during the two-week quarantine.

Stay home, stay healthy!

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In case you weren't aware, the Weaving Works is currently run by just one person, with much-appreciated support from owner, Marcy and previous manager, Jessi. Hi, it's me, Jennifer.  :)

As the sole staff member, I will do what I can to stay well and keep the shop running. However, if I do become sick, I will keep myself at home, and will not be able to ship orders. I promise to keep you informed if circumstances change.

We know that our online shop has the potential to weather this storm and continue to keep you and your family engaged during these trying times, health willing, for which we are grateful. In this spirit, I am making the following changes to keep this community safer and keep the shop up and running. All of these changes are temporary, and subject to change as the situation develops, so we are trying to stay flexible. Though it seems strange that "cooperation," in this case, means staying away from each other, I thank you for your cooperation!

 


Local pickups are on hold until April 17, at which point we will re-evaluate the situation.

Please allow me to ship your order instead! As nice as it is to see your smiling faces and talk about your project plans, reducing social contact is the better option. Shoot me an email at info@weavingworks.com or give us a call at (206) 524-1221 if you want to chat about your project, tools, or materials.

Orders go in the mail the same or next day, and orders shipped to the Seattle area usually arrive within one day!

USPS shipping boxes stacked on a desktop next to a computer

 

Class Looms and Wheels


For students with class equipment at home: if you are ready to bring equipment back, please get in touch with me via email to arrange a time to do that.

If you are sick, or vulnerable to getting sick, please stay home! We will be waiving the after-class rental fees for everyone during this time.

 


I am working closely with our teachers to make decisions about class arrangements. No new classes are being scheduled at this point, and a couple have been postponed.

If you are enrolled in a class that you are unable or uncomfortable to attend, please let us know. We will not require the usual 7 day's notice for you to receive a full refund. We just ask that you let us know as soon as you know, to help us adjust scheduling if necessary.

small basket of weaving shuttles holding a variety of yarns, resting on a stretched warp on a loom

 

As the situation with the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) develops, we will continue to make the necessary adjustments to keep our community healthy, and to keep you informed of changes. May your craft of choice be a comfort to you during these uncertain and difficult times. Please stay home, be well, and keep making beautiful things!