Any artisan attending an outdoor fair freaks out about the weather. How can you not? If the weather stinks, people won't come and you go through all that effort and make no money. If the weather is iffy, people might come, they might not, and you have to worry about whether your wares will get soaked from rain. Or even if the weather is sunny and a lovely temperature, the wind might blow your tent away. I've learned to put wooden blocks inside every one of my bags so a stiff breeze won't take them flying.
Here is a peek into my paranoid mind the two weeks leading up to an outdoor event on May 16.
8 Days Away--partly cloudy and 70. Woo-hoo! This is going to be a great event!
5 Days Away--WHAT!??!?! NINETY percent chance of rain??? I'm going to stop sewing inventory right now. This event might be a total waste of energy. Note to self--find my rain boots.
4 Days Away--70% chance of rain. Hmmmmm. Better find a lot of hand sewing projects to keep me busy in the tent. I double-checked the artisan application, and it says specifically, "Rain or Shine." <sigh>
4 Days Away--Where the hell did the lightening bolt come from??? Being inside a tent when it's raining is one thing. Being inside a metal framed tent in a lightening storm is another. Wonder if there's an exception for *really* bad weather?
3 Days Away--30% chance of rain or thunderstorms. Hmmm. Is that the same as when the Oregon Trail Computer game (I'm dating myself) said 30% chance of rain? You knew it would always rain. Still, there's that sun peeking out...maybe it means it will rain only while we set up in the morning, or only after we are done. This weather graphic tells me basically nothing other than I should not have stopped sewing a week ago. And that I need to start watching weather on TV.
2 Days Away--Ohhhhh, now my Yahoo Weather App will give me an hourly breakdown because I'm so close to the event. Sweet! And it's only calling for rain in the morning. But no lightening in that hourly breakdown. I'm starting to be hopeful!
1 Day Away--Back up to 50%. You know what? All this weather obsessing hasn't gotten me anywhere. What happened on the actual day of the event??? Rain showers in the morning, no lightening, and we still had oodles of customers.
Whew! Next event is the outdoor farmer's market. Wonder what the forecast says about that one...
There's a new business venture I announced via my email newsletter yesterday (sign up on the right hand sidebar if you would like to get my once a month-ish newsletter!). A new shop has opened here in Portsmouth called The Wilson Collective. I'll be teaching one-on-one and group sewing lessons there!
What is The Wilson Collective? When you first enter, you see an art gallery and a framing studio.
But if you look to the right, it's also a yarn and knitting supply shop. All yarn is naturally hand-dyed in house. You can buy some of my products like the circular needle case, sewing supply kit, or a divided project bag.
Within this beautiful space, is also a Makers Studio--the part I'm most excited to tell you about today. The shop owners created this as a place to come and take classes in a variety of handmade arts. You can take a knitting class. Or a shibori textile class. Or a yarn-painting/dyeing class. Or, now you can take sewing classes with me!
I'm offering three classes at the moment, more as interest grows. When you take a class from me, you get to work in this beautiful space, learn sewing techniques, gain confidence with your sewing machine, create a lovely finished product, and go home with a pattern designed by me to make more on your own (usually with adaptations to make a variety of sizes). Available time slots are 10am-12pm, 1-3pm, (through the end of the school year), and 6-8pm throughout the year.
Classes available now:
Also--we are offering a kids summer sewing camp! Details are still being finalized, but the camp will run August 3-7, from 9am-12pm. The focus of the week is "Fashion Sewing for your Favorite 18" Doll." Wink-wink--you all know which doll I mean, but can't say...We will make doll outfits and accessories, a skirt for the participant, and will have a fashion show on the last day. Girls will go home with patterns to make more outfits on their own, all materials will be provided.
Registration is ongoing for all classes, so email me to request a time slot (karenkatin[at]yahoo[dot]com). If you have a few friends and would like to run a group class, I am happy to arrange that too!
A new market and festival season calls for some new products. You can see everything in my Etsy shop, but I'd like to show them to you one at a time over several posts here.
This past month I dove into the world of embroidery and am quite hooked. What got me started? A free project that came with a copy of Mollie Makes Magazine.
That's about as far as I got. I needed to figure out French Knots to go further. While practicing knots, this happened.
All those French Knots are pretty time consuming, but the final product is well worth it. Sheep are timely with the Wool and Fiber Festivals around the corner.
Turning all these embroidered lovelies into zippered pouches seemed an obvious choice, don't you think?
I'm looking forward to trying this beautiful variegated thread.
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.