I keep making all these quilts, throws, cushions etc etc etc and now must make a real effort to sell them. As with most of us crafters I'm not very good at marketing myself and all this networking business is new to this old timer. I must admit in the past I have poo pooed it somewhat but since joining blogland and many other crafting forums I can now see that it is the perfect way to move forward. My photography skills are very limited and I struggle to show my makes at their best so internet selling for me is somewhat limited as I think they have got to be seen 'in the flesh' to be fully appreciated.
So, I have booked for two craft markets to be held in June and July. The first is in the lovely market town of Berkhamsted at a pefect venue in the centre of the high street and the second one is in another market town close to me in Hitchin. I am nervous but excited and will have my daughter and friend with me for support and if I sell just one thing I will be a very happy Lala. Both dates will be perfect opportunities to distribute some business cards and meet fellow crafters.
Yesterday I started a small throw and played around for a while with some pieces of 1930s vintage chintz fabric with the most amazing Oriental birds. These were old chair covers which I unpicked, gently washed and pressed last year and I thought they complimented the embroidered cloth beautifully. I tend to do my own thing and don't very often follow a pattern .... I am self taught and apart from needlework class at school I have had no formal training and prefer to work on a trial and error basis, sometimes coming back to UFOs when another idea has popped into my brain cell. Tonight I finished and here is the end result.
The backing is a dusky pink sateen finish cotton which was given to me by the lady I bought my sewing machine from ... her MIL had died and she needed a home for her sewing bits and pieces so there I was with my hand up!
Some scraps of fabric found in a tatty cardboard box at a boot fair, a table cover from the charity shop and some freebie fabric given new life ..... my idea of perfect recycling.