What’s in a name?

I’ve been making spindles for my own use for a while now, experimenting with many different kinds of materials and construction, finding out what works (and doesn’t) for hand-made — but not lathe-turned — spindles. I’m relatively proud of the things I’ve made.

Lately, I’ve even been selling a few to the Purple Purl, which has gone over better than I’d ever have expected. They might not be as fantastic as the lathed spindles you can find from the professionals online, but my spindles are nice, functionable tools and are very affordable to boot (all the better to rope in new spinners, I say!)

“Purple Purl exclusive” spindles.

It hit me yesterday as I was showing Jennifer some new prototypes (a 20g lace-weight spindle! a 40g ‘student’ one!) that (OMG-WTF-LOL) if I’m actually conducting business with these folks here, maybe, d’y’think I should have a business identity?

Now, anyone that has been reading here for a while, or has looked a my (pathetically small) profile on Ravelry, probably knows by now that self-identificaiton is not one of my strong points. I know who I am, but I can’t describe myself to get me out of a wet paper bag. Heck, I don’t even like my blog title (but I guess I’m stuck with it, eh?). So I’m asking for help — I need a name and have no clue!

Some bits that may help:
* I think “Foxden FibreStudio” would be a great name, if I were a dyer (but I’m not).
* “Amelia” (and all it’s variations) is my inescapable name. I’ve dealt with this, and am willing to work with it.
* I like things Celtic, and folklore and mythology (ambiguous, I know, that’s why I’m asking for help!)
* I’m don’t really like pun-names, but I do appreciate cleverness.
* I’d like a name that alludes to what I’m making here (i.e. spindles/spinning tools).

If you help me figure out a good name (bonus points for ‘logo’ ideas to match), I’ll send you a spindle and something to spin!



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8 responses to “What’s in a name?

  1. I don’t have much in the way of names to offer, but just wanted to say that your spindles are beautiful! I’m starting spinning lessons on Saturday! I can’t wait. I definitely can’t afford a wheel yet..but a spindle might fit the budget.

    If you really like “Foxden FibreStudio” or something like that…I’m snatch the name up fast :-) who knows maybe you’ll end up a dyer someday…and you’ll wish you started off with that name….and…it’s not like it isn’t very relevant…it’s all connected.

    Happy name searching.

    scubaknit (on Ravelry)….now…aren’t you glad I didn’t try to come up with a name for you, since all I could come up with for myself was “scubaknit”

  2. I like the word “whirl” and it does mean “spin”, among other things. “Whirlybird”, “give it a whirl” (good headline for an ad), “whirling dervish”….the list goes on and on.
    I can brainstorm some more if you like the basic idea. :-)

  3. I like Jeannette’s thoughts… you could also go with Foxden Spinning (in case you want to branch out to more than spindles, or Foxden Spindles).

  4. Ray

    “Foxden Designs” is already done …. but “Drafting Fox Studio” is sorta different. or “The Drafted Fox”

    I want (lust for) one of those Purple Purls exclusives; they are SO BEAUTIFUL on their own. I can’t spin worth a snot myself (tried it, hated it), but one of my best supporters is a spinner and I’d love to gift her one of those, or something equally unique and handcrafted.

  5. In Scandinavian countries, foxes were thought to cause the Aurora and they were called, “fox fires.” This of course, has nothing to do with Celtic stuff or spinning, but fox fires does have a certain ring to it :)

  6. Fox animal symbolism takes a turn of intelligence in the Celtic realm as the Celts believed the fox to be a guide, and was honored for its wisdom. The Celts understood the fox knows the woods intimately, and they would rely upon the fox as their guide in the spirit world.

    If you like Foxden, you should go with it. I don’t see why you can’t use FibreStudio… you’re still making goodies for fibre-related use… and who knows, you may want to dabble in dying later. Fibre & Spinning make sense… Foxden Studio?

  7. How about “Spinning My Wheels”? Or “Spindling along”?

  8. sharon

    This is pretty hard.
    cutesy is not the way to go when creating a business image, but something that picks on your name and the fox/celtic theme is neat.

    Foxlia Studio?

    that’s my brain wave.

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