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hobbitknitter
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Posted - 11/20/2005 :  6:06:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit hobbitknitter's Homepage Send hobbitknitter a Private Message
Yup, another business question...

Would any of you spinners be interested in a spindle made out of fine woods (such as cherry, walnut, aspen, etc.) which are handcrafted and woodburned and painted/stained by me, with celtic or elvish designs on the whorl, with a price range from about $25-45? (do those prices seem about right?)

The woods would be solid of course, no composites, and the shafts would be made of solid good dowels (not the cheap ones from Lowe's- I'm talking hardwoods here, like cherry and walnut [guess my favorite woods, lol]). They'd also be top whorl spindles with a hook.

The designs I have in mind (and in hand, actually) are variations of intricate traditional celtic knots which would go around the entire whorl, and round elvish shields designed by tolkien (very beautiful designs incorporating flowers and geometric shapes, these would be handpainted in edition to being woodburned).

I think this is a fairly unique idea. I've looked on some spindle sites (such as the woolery's spindle collection), and I've seen a lot of hand-turned, painted, cut out, carved and stamped spindles but nothing really like what I have in mind.

I know that there are some spindle collectors on this board, and would love to have some imput. I'm eager to start a small business and this seems a perfect one to start (and one that could lead into fibers/yarns, once I've enough money saved to start that).

Thanks for any and all imput!




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azknitter
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Posted - 11/20/2005 :  7:21:56 PM  Show Profile Send azknitter a Private Message
I'm always looking for something unique to add to my collection of spindles. I'd be interested in seeing a photo of your prototypes.

Good luck!

Trish
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blwinteler
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Posted - 11/20/2005 :  8:17:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit blwinteler's Homepage  Send blwinteler a Yahoo! Message Send blwinteler a Private Message
Yes! Very definately would be interested. In fact, that is about the price range I am looking into, and a nice celtic knot would suit me well. Please let me know when you have some available. I would love to have one (or more, depending on what I can spend when you have them).

Take care!
Brandy

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hobbitknitter
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Posted - 11/20/2005 :  8:21:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit hobbitknitter's Homepage Send hobbitknitter a Private Message
Thanks!
Here's a photo of some designs I plan to use- the wood is pine so didn't burn evenly, but you can still see the designs. It's also not stained or anything.
http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/3854/dscf00013wz.jpg
(the design on furthest right would be painted)
Like?

~Sarah Elizabeth
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blwinteler
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Posted - 11/20/2005 :  9:19:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit blwinteler's Homepage  Send blwinteler a Yahoo! Message Send blwinteler a Private Message
I do. They are so lovely.

Take care!
Brandy

My finished projects

We are but 8 score young blondes and brunettes... all between 16 and 19-and-a-half... cut off in this castle with no one to protect us! Oh... it is a lonely life. Bathing... dressing... undressing... knitting exciting underwear ....(Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Tale of Sir Galahad)
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Lanea
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Posted - 11/21/2005 :  06:23:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
Oh yeah. I even know of a festival where you could sell them, and an artist's cooperative you could probably sell them through if you didn't want to set up shop yourself.

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RoseByAny
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Posted - 11/21/2005 :  06:29:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
Yup - I'd be interested!

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spindyerella
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Posted - 11/21/2005 :  07:21:25 AM  Show Profile Send spindyerella a Private Message
Your price ranges sound good.
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BessH
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Posted - 11/21/2005 :  10:37:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message
Me too - very lovely.

Bess
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Lissa
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Posted - 11/21/2005 :  12:30:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
Dag - I wish I could drop spin - I'd buy one in a heartbeat! Those are lovely, SE. Once again, you continue to prove just how talented a young woman you are.

Lissa

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KathyR
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Posted - 11/21/2005 :  2:08:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit KathyR's Homepage Send KathyR a Private Message
Lovely designs! I especially like the complicated-looking knot one. Well done!

KathyR

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hobbitknitter
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Posted - 11/21/2005 :  3:25:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit hobbitknitter's Homepage Send hobbitknitter a Private Message
Wow lots of interest! Great!
Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement.
Once I get materials I can get things rolling. Not sure if I need a small business license to start an ebay store though?
And I'm lost for a name, very difficult to come up with a good one.
Lissa- I'm sure you could learn to drop-spin!

~Sarah Elizabeth
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cherylb1262
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Posted - 12/03/2005 :  01:14:15 AM  Show Profile Send cherylb1262 a Private Message
Sarah--
They are beautiful! I would definitely be interested in one!

Cheryl B.
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SpinaYarn
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Posted - 12/03/2005 :  08:59:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit SpinaYarn's Homepage Send SpinaYarn a Private Message
Very cool Sarah Elizabeth - I just love the celtic designs!
I'll bet that you could sell them to any of a dozen retailers who sell drop spindles... your prices are in the right range and the designs are gorgeous. go for it! Most small retailers would pay you about 20-30/spindle wholesale and then add on only about $5 each to retail them for you. There's a BIG market for drop spindles out there.

Oh, and by the way Lissa - I agree - of course you can learn to drop spindle.. try the turkish drop spindle first (its easiest!)
Drop spindling is addictive!

knit with joy-
Teyani

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azknitter
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Posted - 12/03/2005 :  5:20:59 PM  Show Profile Send azknitter a Private Message
Lovely, interesting designs. I'd be happy to add them to my collection.

I hope you do well with them.

Trish
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crazymom3
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Posted - 12/11/2005 :  09:32:11 AM  Show Profile Send crazymom3 a Private Message
beautiful would love one.
kris
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