Corset Customers and Local Wools

4 12 2009

Pocktorian Textiles, the textile incubator, progresses in small measures, day by day. Yesterday, Rebecca Spragge

brought in one of her marvelous corsets along with some cards. It was more for attention getting than for selling, or so she thought, so she didn’t initially set a price for it. However, not five minutes after she left, someone asked the price. After I had another query about the price later in the day, I contacted her and she set one.

Looses is a place for treasure hunters, lots of well-used of doubtful further use, yet lots of genuinely desirable antiques as well, and some marvelous things in between that are beautifully made, yet the workmanship was lavished on something not nearly as useful now and when the piece was made, like some of the beautifully housed old phonographs. I, of course, notice the textile treasures, like a christening gown lavished with several types handwork. Should it be a surprise that those interested in searching out the treasures among the bric-a-brac are also interested in the work of a present day maker that has the potential to become a treasured antique?

Today came more confirmation that I am on the right track with my intention of featuring locally sourced wool, rovings, yarn, and other materials of interest to makers. My mailing list for locally sourced knitting yarn and felting tops is begun.

If you are a local maker of any kind of textile work, including paper or baskets, or a local farmer who has fleeces, or wool, or roving, or felting tops, or handspun yarn, or yarn from local wool or alpaca, or a woodworker who makes equipment for textile work, knitting needles, spindles, spinning wheels, warping mills, even looms, please contact me. Help me really bring textiles back to Norfolk.




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