When my wife told me that there was a brand new fiber event coming up very near our home and that she wanted us to participate, I’ll have to admit that I was skeptical (yes, it’s a personal, life-long quirk). We have received some feedback about our freshly milled Debouillet Merino roving, but I wasn’t sure we were quite ready for “prime-time.” She did talk me into it and I can now say that I am very glad she did!
We arrived at the beautiful Blue Mule Winery in Fayetteville, Texas with about an hour to get set up. Many of the other vendors were nearly already set to go with their big tents and beautiful displays of wool, yearn and crafts. I kind of felt out of place with our little used dining fly and single table, but was also proud in what we had accomplished in just a couple short years. With full Texas pride, we set up our little shop not knowing exactly what to expect.
The crowds soon began filing into the festival and many of them walked by with a smile, which was encouraging, but not completely what was hoped for. Then, it happened…someone bought one of our balls of roving! It was a simple, small purchase, but it felt like all of that work for the past few years was actually going to mean something more even than the joy of doing it. A few minutes later, another sale, and then another. A few of the vendors strolled by around lunch time and we were getting great feedback about our wool. It encouraged me to get out from behind the counter and not only look at what others had to sell, but also to talk and share my interests in their tremendous talents, skills and creative craftsmanship.
By the end of the day we had not nearly sold out of our inventory, but we did gain a great deal of insight into many possible ways to make what he have now even better. And yes, we’ve purchased one of those nice big tents for next time!
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