November is when we have our weaving guilds biggest event. It is a two day sale, called Elegant Threads.
The funds raised by the Guild commission at this sale is essential to the Guild’s financial health so Ngaire and I always put in our weaving and lend the Guild our display racks and manniquins.
Frankly it is a huge amount of work to get ready for this event. The first step is deciding exactly what to put in the sale. Everything has to be pulled out of storage and inspected and discussed. Our spare bedroom is a disaster while we get organized.
The Guild requires us to use the Guild designed hang tags on every item. We have tags for hand woven items and tags for handspun and knitted handspun items. It takes a good day to print off the tags on cardstock, cut them apart, hole punch each one and add string to the tags, all the while I keep my fingers crossed that my printer doesn’t have a wobbly!
The guild provides us with an inventory sheet template, and we fill in our code number, item name (which is the same as on the hang tags) and price. We keep one inventory sheet for ourselves and give one copy to the sales desk when we drop off our submissions. Each tag must have a unique number, so it is really hard to reuse tags from previous years and still maintain numeric integrity on your inventory sheets. The part of the tag with the unique number is cut off when the item is sold and used to update the inventory sheets. I do quite a bit of fiddling around to try and use the old tags and I spend far too much time avoiding rewriting and reprinting tags!
Each item has to be ironed and folded in a specific manner per the Guilds request; for example each tea towel has to be folded into three lengthwise and then the tag must be attached. No other tags are to be on the item.
One tea towel down, twenty to go.
I don’t even want to talk about the scarves, the shawls, the runners (which must be rolled on a cardboard tube for display) and the skeins in their basket which have to be measured for length and weighed! It will surely take us another couple of days to get ourselves ready.
The front garden is much more sombre place today as we remember all those who fought for the freedom we have.