lines drawn in the sand

first, a question for you: in your opinion, when does one-of-a-kind not become one-of-a-kind anymore? i’ve been struggling with this one a bit in my brain as of late.

up until this point in my business, i not only haven’t duplicated my embroidery much, but i also haven’t really duplicated names for hats.**

and now, i think it’s time to draw a line in the sand and declare that i have ‘lines’ of hats. suddenly, there are embroidery motifs that i don’t want to let go of, styles that i want to duplicate, only so many things that will fit on a head. there is also similar embroidery themes that pop up again and again, even if not exact, and naming everything differently has become a bit of a chore.

for instance, the bubble chaser hats. one is in the yoga studio. i don’t have any in my immediate stock, so i made another.

brown bubble chaser hat

brown bubble chaser hat - flate

ingredients:
recycled sweater wool
hand dyed thrifted wool
new lamb’s pride wool/mohair

0-6 mo.

brown bubble chaser hat - side one

i am still keen to name any hat that puts itself forth to need a name, but some names i’m so happy with that i feel attaching a color to the beginning of the name would be the way to go. i suppose that is how the business grows and i must say, it’s strange to see it growing. i know i’ve been working on it, but i still don’t expect things to change.

one decision i am making is not to have more than one of each ‘line’ hat in my stock at one time. i want to maintain as much variety as possible in both color and style. so, although i’ve lines now, don’t expect to see things more often unless they sell more often… unless you sell, little bubble chaser hat, you are the one and only for the Handmade Arcade.

brown bubble chaser hat - side two

** the exception is the name ‘mountain berry hat.’ i didn’t catch it because one referred to the embroidery and one to the juicy color.

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6 thoughts on “lines drawn in the sand

  1. hi there — i’ve been reading your blog for awhile now, but thought i would delurk to comment on your hats. they are fantastic — no need to force each hat to be entirely different from every other — they are still very much original. looking forward to your book!

  2. Cosette- your work is so lovely and thoughtful that I don’t think anyone would mind having a repeated motif. And anyway – they’ll all be different colours, won’t they? This will make them one of a kind.

    Your style is so distinctive that sometimes I knit hats and think “wow – this is like a Cosette hat”.

    x Helen

  3. I’m pretty lax in my definition of one-of-a-kind. I think pretty much anything handmade could qualify. The point when a knit item no longer qualifies as one-of-a-kind in my book is when a machine has been set up to precisely reproduce the size, gauge, pattern, etc. In other words, I think “lines” of your hats are a great idea, and don’t at all diminish the uniqueness of the pieces you offer.

  4. I think that any new piece will be one-of-a-kind, even if everything is the same color, etc. When you think of it, each stitch is a unique and individual creation that comes from you, making everything you do unique and special as well.

  5. I agree with the above postings. Whenever you are hand-embroidering or hand-knitting, it’s virtually impossible to exactly reproduce an item. Plus, with so many of your hand-dyed/handspun yarns, even the yarn can make something unique. When ripping sweaters, the amount of yarn is finite–it’s not like you can purchase another ball from the same dye lot.

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