I know this may not look like much but it's the beginning of a very exciting chapter for RAANU. Over the past 2.5 years I've been developing an idea for a small clothing line. I started with a bunch of market research and style inventory. Last spring I sampled a number of different fibers and patterns in different densities and landed on a couple that seemed promising. Since then I have drafted and refined a couple patterns and crunched a lot of numbers to determine which fiber to release first.
This photo shows the start of the next phase, the first full width warp. This warp will be only about 10 yards which will allow me to color test and make a few garments. I am finally going to see my vision actualized!
This cloth will be nothing like you've seen from me yet. And honestly it's unlike anything I've seen from other hand weavers. What makes it different is that it is very fine. However, it has enough density to withstand the tension of a center pant seam. In fact it is so dense that I had to build a secondary spool rack for the warping process (mine's the one on the right).
The next step is threading these 1700+ ends through the heddles and then pulling them through the reed. I'll keep you updated on my progress.
This November I am launching a crowdfunding campaign to kick off the release of this new line. I will have two silhouettes (top, skirt, and possibly a dress) available for pre-sale in multiple colors through the campaign. There will be other tiers as well which allow you to participate at whatever level feels comfortable. You will be hearing a lot more about this in the coming months!