Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Hardingham Textile Group Exhibition

On Monday afternoons I go to the Hardingham Textile group. These are a bunch of about 16 ladies who share techniques, chat and have tea and cakes so its really fun.

At the moment we are preparing for our annual exhibition which is on the 7th to 10th September 9-5 daily and 9-4 on the Saturday. It is at St. Andrews Church in Hingham where the Hardingham Art Group will also be showing their work.

I was pleased to find one of my handbags is featured on the poster so come along and spend loads of money.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Wayland Show

The weather was perfect, not too hot and most of all not raining. It was a record attendance and as the money raised will go to charity many should benefit this year. As the cost of a table is £25 for 6ft and £35 for 12ft it is well worth the money and definitely going next year on the 5th August so you may want to try it Cathy.

Unlike most of my other fairs when only a few people came there were lots and I actually managed to sell a bag with everything else being under £10. That is the secret I think, keep things small and cheap but still well made.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

I Hate Pricing

Busy pricing up work for the Wayland Show which is on Sunday but I hate doing it. Never know what to charge because hating maths as I do I really can't be bothered to work out how much fabric or thread I use and certainly can't charge for all my hours as even at the minimum wage, my bags would be more expensive than Channel!

Taking 13 bags of which these are a few.

I try and make useful things because with the economy being what it is I think people are more inclined to buy something they can actually use rather that a luxury. Might try my hand at some wall hangings in time for Christmas though.

Other work I'm taking are felt needle cases as I looked for one at a recent craft fair and nobody had any.

Never know what size to make mobile phone cases so made a selection both machine embroidered and felted.

I made some purses to match the bags. They are mostly different silks and cotton with couched threads most of which I dye myself. They are often finished off with silk velvet flowers which are so tactile.

Also been busy making loads of felt flower brooches in different styles and colours.

I'm tempted to charge £7.50 for the large ones although my husband thinks that is too expensive. The white bits are added silk which gives a lovely sheen.

Made one to go on my red felted jacket.

Someone suggested I also make hair clips so made a few to try out.

I've got my fingers crossed for Sunday and the weather forcast is good. Further pictures of my stall after the event.