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Support Your Local Football Team!

When I design a new weaving project I take a lot of things into consideration,

  1. pattern
  2. color combinations
  3. theme inspiration
  4. materials
  5. end use of the band

In this project I chose the colors of the Baltimore Ravens. Black and Purple. Since it was not meant to be used for historical reenactment I used a modern, good quality acrylic yarn. Yes, it is possible to find good quality acrylic yarn. Like any other material you get what you pay for. This yarn won’t pill or fuzz up, and is machine washable and dryable. The original plan was to make a dog leash from this length but it was purchased by a patron as a raw length of band. Ah well, I’ll just have to make another one!

I can make bands in what ever team colors you like, be it professional sports, high school sports or local teams. Drop me a line and let me weave a project for you! Contact me at martelvonc@yahoo.com for more details.

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When the weather gets tough, the tough get weaving.

Here on the OBX it’s dreary and rainy today. It’s a good studio day to weave. The softly falling rain is a nice background sound for concentration. The air smells clean too.

I’m working on two weaving projects today. On the left is the band for 2 casual d-ring ladies belts and on the right is a commission for wool medieval garters for a friend who gives them for poetry competition prizes.  I am happy to accept weaving commissions. On average, 2.5 yds of inkle band is about $25-$30 depending on the cost of the yarn. I can also weave up to 9 yard lengths. Just drop me a line at martelvonc@yahoo.com with length, width, colors and material. I accept PayPal.

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Holdin’ up your socks and be stylin’!

One of the items I make with some regularity are garters for the medieval reenactment crowd. Garters are lengths of woven ribbon or braid used to support non-stretch stockings, socks, and hosen. Early in fashion history stockings were made out of woven material that was cut on the bias to give some stretch but they were still baggy and did not stay up around the knee where they were supposed to. In comes the garter. You put the stocking on, tie the garter over the stocking to your leg, and voila! Your leg covering stays put.  Generally below the knee pre-1600 or above the knee post-1600.

Garters came in many materials, woven wool, silk or linen. They were also leather with buckles, woven bands with buckles, or just tied around the leg. Some were very plain but if you had the money or the station they could be embroidered, pearled, or just fancy woven designs. All in all a useful fashion accessory that had a lot of potential for personalization.

If you are interested in a custom set of garters contact me for more information. I can weave or embroider your design. At this time I am not able to weave letters/phrases but I can embroider them. Depending on the complexity of design and the materials used, prices start at $25.00 per 31″ long pair.

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Settled in to North Carolina!

The move to our new home is now complete. My studio is up and running again and I love the natural light and space! Illuminations and weaving are being accomplished. The website and Etsy shop are fresh and updated. How I ever got anything done working full time for someone else I will never know!

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Pure Beeswax Votive Candles

I’ve already completed one custom order of 48 beeswax votive candles that are the cutest things ever!  They will be a new item added to the shop soon. I also completed a painting commission , tablet woven trim, sewing 50 belt favors, and now wool garters for a poetry competition.  No rest for the wicked!