I rarely do custom work... why?
1. My creations are based on "found" materials. So it is totally random what I will find as far as colors and textures to use. I can't count on having available what the customer wants.
2. When people ask for a certain color, it is inevitably the color that just came off my loom and it will be months before I get back to that color.
3. I'm not the best at working within limits :)
So this is one of the rare times I did something specific for a customer.
This customer had seen a rug made from the same material I had in my inventory and did not purchase it then. He waited and by then I had sold it.
On this rare occasion, I actually had more of the upholstery material left from that rug. He then ordered 2 rugs - and insisted I put it on the blue warp I had on my loom.
I would not have put this material on this warp.
I would have used it on a green or brown toned warp.
But he's the customer....
So I start weaving.... remember how I'm not good at the limits thing? He had ordered specific sizes - I forgot to measure from the start on one rug, so I measured part way thru and hoped for the best. Second rug I was on the ball and kept track.
Rugs came off the loom, tied them up, and measured them. Sigh... One of them was 5 inches too short... Fortunately, I still had more of this material (an unusual situation ), so I got to weave another one on this warp.
I'm hoping this guy will come in and love his rugs so much, he'll decide to take the short one that I screwed up on. If not, I will have a rug in my inventory that is not my usual style. I'm sure it will sell, I sell rugs that don't appeal to me all the time.
My solution to the custom work? I've got myself a "wish book" that I note requested rugs in. Sizes, colors, etc and who would like a rug like that are noted in this book. As I'm weaving, if I have one that fits the description, I notify the 'wisher' and they get first dibs on that rug.
It also helps me to keep an eye open for the colors I need. Keeps me collecting colors I wouldn't normally bring home!
I've been told I need to learn to work within limits.
I don't think so... I will not limit myself!