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Long Time, No Posts!

Long Time, No Posts!

I am sorry!  We have been SO SO busy, trying to keep this wild ride of a business under some sort of control!

 

Miss Maggie and her wares are super popular and we are feeling blessed, there is no doubt.

As you might have heard on social media or through our Etsy shop, we closed the shop in vacation mode back on the first of May.  And we had at that time 175 orders to fill!!!

It is now open again, but not for looms just yet.  We have 10 more to finish.  Almost there!!!

It has taken us almost 3 months to finish all the back log of orders and mostly looms.  It has been intense!   We have 5 people working on these orders almost all week long.  And Maggie, Jessy and I, Sherri, have been working on them just about 7 days a week, many many hours a day.

Honestly, we thought it would take us about 6 to 8 weeks to get through them all.  Boy, were we mistaken!  It was important for us to get them all done, but not to rush and make mistakes or risk just burning Maggie out.   She is our main concern and worry over too much stress, but honestly, she just loves what she is doing and is going on her 4th anniversary!  Unbelievable.

We are on the cusp of being done with those last 10 looms.  I think next week for certain.

And then on the weekend of July 20-21st, we wil be offering our 4th anniversary special event!   Our anniversary shuttles, of course, and a few new products and a little fun give away as well!

Stay tuned!!!

And we will be bringing the looms back on line in the next month.  Hopefully, starting the first of August.  We will be only taking orders for limited amounts in the beginning…  only enough that we can get finished within a week.  Our goal is to have looms ready and finished, able to ship within a day or two of order.  Won’t that be amazing!  We know that people are anxious to get a new loom and we wish we had a magic wand to make 200 over night, but they just take time.  We’re a small shop!

Thanks again for your well wishes and excitment and I hope to be updating this site much more frequently now!  (It is SO good to be almost caught up!!!)

Work Shop Updates…

Work Shop Updates…

Hi everyone!

So sorry for the lack of posts here on our shop website!  We are just plain BUSY!

Miss Maggie just celebrated her third anniversary as a full time woodworker and let me tell you, she has been SUPER BUSY!

She actually has now made over 8,000 fiber tools and looms for you all!   Yes, Eight Thousand!

That is 7 items a day.  No days off!  Isn’t that crazy!

Now, actually, some of those things she doesn’t actually make.  Like the new weaving cards or some of the fiber we offer, or a few support things like the crochet hooks or the needlefelting tools…  but still, she hand makes the majority of the items we offer!

Jessy, her older sister, does all the shipping and mailing and organizes the schedule for the workshop as to what gets done each day.  As you can consider, it is hard to work on one item and then the next as they come in.  We do have a lot of our smaller shuttles and hand tools in stock now, but anything larger gets made by hand, as ordered.  We’re just not to a point of having a lot of big looms in stock, though we sure wish we did!!!

As a result, Maggie makes some looms in groups.  Like she will make 3 or 4 MInstrels or Concertinas so that she doesn’t have to stop and change the machines over and over.  It’s like a mini-assembly line!  She usually has plenty of orders so no orders get set aside for more than a bit, but the main problem lately, is that Miss Maggie can get anywhere from 5 to 15 orders a day!!!  Everyone loves her work!  We sure do…

 

 

Good thing we have good old Tiffany, our Ford F150 pickup!   She is almost 20 years old and used to hauling hay and critters but now she hauls looms!!!

I hope to start writing here just about every day, to keep everyone up to date on our offerings, how the shop is doing and how many orders/looms are in the works.  Just so people can know what is up!  It’s hard sometimes to keep in touch with all the people who have ordered, so doing something here would be a lot easier on us so that we can keep working on everyone’s looms!  Thanks for understanding!

 

And if you need to reach us…  be sure to check out our various online connections!

Thanks everyone!

Sherri, Maggie and Jessy and the whole crew!

 

please consider visiting our Etsy shop!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/WindhavenFiberTools

Be sure to check out the main Etsy shop for many more products!

 

Search for our Facebook page…   WindhavenFiberTools or

Or visit our User Fan Group there…

Windhaven Weavers on Facebook

 

Or read about things day to day on the homestead at our Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/WindhavenFarmOhio/

 

Thanks for visiting!

All about Heddles!

All about Heddles!

If you are curious about how heddles work in inkle weaving, we thought we would make a little movie to help out!  There is a sort of science all about how best to make nice heddles and how long and such that they should be.  We hope this little movie helps out!

 

 

Card Weaving Looms!

Card Weaving Looms!

I’m so behind with the blog and I’m so sorry…  we have just been so busy!

I wanted to share with you, this fun video of our newest small hand and lap looms!  The Lute!   It’s specifically for card weaving!   Enjoy!