Meet the Vendor: Woven
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m a self-taught hand weaver living and working in Walla Walla, WA. I make handwoven wearables for men and women. I do a lot of research on traditional weaving patterns and then like to put my own twist on them, such as exaggerating a pattern or changing the warp spacing, to make fun and modern accessories. I focus on using natural materials: alpaca, silk, wool, bamboo, etc. and spend a great deal of time finding beautiful yarn to show off through these patterns. You can find me here.
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
Being recognized as a finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made campaign was amazing. It’s the first time I’ve been recognized on a national level and still can’t quite believe it.
What is your favorite new product for 2014?
Woven ties! I’ve been wanting to do more pieces for men and I have a small selection for this fall/winter.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
Getting to talk with people and see them interact with my pieces. I learn so much at each show watching what people are attracted to, what they try on and how they wear a piece. There’s always a few times each show that someone tries on a scarf or cowl and there’s this magic moment that I realize it was made for them, it looks so amazing.
How did you get started in your business?
Weaving began as a hobby, but like most hobbies, the more you learn and get into it, the more expensive the hobby becomes. I began selling pieces so I could buy more yarn. I realized as I began selling pieces that I really liked it. I started with a single trunk show at my house each year and slowly evolved to selling at shows and through retail stores.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
Everything takes longer than I think it should. Maybe I’m more impatient than I realize, but each step of the business side, whether it’s building the website, taking and posting photos, tagging items, etc., takes longer than I want it to take. But that’s just part of it. Learning to not get frustrated by it and take it in stride is important, it’s part of the process.