Yesterday I wrote a post about winter wear on Etsy. We've had a terrible cold spell here in Kentucky, so I picked woolen goodies that I could lust after. There is nothing like wool to keep you warm when those temps hit rock bottom! I have a store on Etsy and like to support the sellers there whenever possible. I also have one on 1000 Markets and it didn't seem fair to do a post on Etsy without also doing on on 1000 Markets. Actually, many of us sell in both places and several of the sellers shown have joined the fiber art/textiles network I started on Ning, The Fiber Focus Group. Over time, those who are more active online and in social networks start bumping into each other, forming cyber friendships.
Now, to shop on 1000 Markets! I am looking for an outfit that will keep me warm from head to toe. Maybe it's a bit too fancy to sit at the computer as I am now, but this is the destination I have in mind. A cold house with freezing floors. The water pipes have burst and six inches of water have flooded the whole ground under the house. Head to toe, I need warmth.
The place to start is the head. Cover your head when you are cold! And, why not do it with art for your head? DreamWoven's hats have been a long time favorite of mine. Someday I will own one. "Simone", the hat above is the bestest hat in the whole wide world! I love it, love it, love it!!!!! All of the images are hyperlinked to the product in this post and you must click on DreamWoven's hat so that you can see it from all angles. DreamWoven and I have been cyberfriends for quite awhile now. We're both Rachels and we both enjoy the role of helping others find larger markets for their work. She is on staff at 1000 Markets and has always been a great support, encouraging us all to move forward with our work.
DreamWoven's hat is open at the back, so I will need to keep my neck warm with this beautiful scarflette by Tickled Pink Knits. The fibers are various soft wools, including alpaca, so it is sure to be luxurious! I like the frilliness, harking back to Victorian wear mixed with enough ruggedness and texture to fit a Viking like me.
Coco and Juan $45
Coco and Juan specialize in Plus Size wear which is perfect for me. I like the lines in this top and think it will work just fine with what I've got so far. Notice how the side panels of the blouse curve in, helping provide at least an illusion of a slender figure. I know I need all the help I can get! I would prefer a solid knit and it looks to me like Coco and Juan would probably work with you on your choice of fabric and color.
Modern Era Design makes these custom choices clear upfront. The brown in these pants isn't going to really work well with what I have picked, but they have color swatches to pick from and there are several other choices that I could go with. In fact, they will make it to your size, too.
Comfort was what I was looking for, which I found, with the added benefit that the cotton jersey is organic. Gotta support those green industries!
I'm thinking that those comfy pants might just not be warm enough, so I'm going to add these custom dyed leggings from Dye Diana Dye. When I first saw her name, a long time ago now, I just thought it was the most clever play on words! Her work is impeccable and she has many other dyed garments that are stunningly beautiful. Keep dyeing, Diana, but live a long, long life!
Dye Diana Dye $36
This photo is a little dark, but I loved these tabi socks by Twiddle Toes. (Another great name!) Tabi socks were originally used by the Japanese with their wooden kimono flip flops. Now, we can also wear them and Twiddle Toes has them in a bunch of different colors!
The tabi socks will need some booties, so I picked a pair made by my friend Catherine at Bazaar Bayar, another of my cyber friends. She has been knitting up a storm lately and you will have to go look at her other lacey slippers. I thought these slippers were very reasonably priced!
Many of Catherine's knitting designs use complex color and texture patterns and some hearken to her second home, Turkey. I decided that I really, really wanted one of her hand warmers, too.
Those rusty colors are perfect for me. I would like the thumb and finger area to be a little longer, down to the first knuckle. Can you do that, Catherine? My friend Diane made the one I have on now and the thumb area goes almost all the way to the thumbnail. I really like that. Catherine has several other pairs in her store. Type away and keep your fingers warm!
I'm feeling like my top is not enough. I shopped around and couldn't find a sweater or vest that I liked on 1,000 Markets. I wanted something long and roomy. If you are a knitter, know that there is very little competition with those products right now. Might be a good niche for you! But, I did find something else that I really liked:
Isn't this a stunning piece? Marge calls it a "fling" because you can fling one end over a shoulder. She was inspired by the Middle Eastern marketplace and used a variety of threads, including bamboo (!!!!), to weave this piece. Will it match my hat? I've got a lot of different reds going on here, but I think it will all work. I am warm and I am beautiful! All because I shopped on 1000 Markets! My total bill? Only $923.... Interesting. About the same I "spent" on Etsy. (In my dreams!!!)
How does shopping here compare to Etsy? Well, one thing is for sure, the search here works. It is so easier to find things here because they are in defined categories. The drop down menu is available on every page and is as smooth as butter.
How about the product selection? I was disappointed to see that some categories were pretty sparse. 1000 Markets is a juried venue so each store has to be approved before it hits the marketplace. That means that the approval process is much more laborious, but it eliminates all the junky stuff you might see elsewhere. There is a lot of talent on 1000 Markets and I am sure that if the exact item cannot be found, someone would be willing to make it for you.
Have you visited 1000 Markets? Shopped there? I would love to hear of your experience, as a buyer, seller or voyeur.... Stay warm and dress well!