I am a member of the Brighton Etsy Team, and I have been nominated to take past in the Blog Hop by Jackie from Forever Foxed. foreverfoxed.blogspot.co.uk/ Everyone doing the Blog Hop is answering the same 4 questions. Its a fantastic team to be part of. Everyone is friendly and willing to share their knowledge, and there is always lots going on, parties, pop up shops, inspirational talks…
What inspired you to start your business or Etsy shop?
I went to Art College and studied Design Crafts. I thought I would end up a jeweller or a potter, but a machine embroidery workshop got me hooked on sewing. I loved the speed and excitement and varied effects that could be acheived with a sewing machine. I also do a lot of hand sewing now. I have been stitching for almost 20 years, and still love it! After my youngest child went back to school I decided I was ready to sell my work, and having looked around decided Etsy was the best place to do that.
We’re looking at goals in the Brighton Etsy Team this month (you can follow along with #btnetsygoals!) Can you share one of your goals for your shop for the next six months?
I recently closed my shop for a long break. When I reopened it I looked at it with fresh eyes, and finally saw clearly the direction I wanted to go in. I had some great advice from a fellow embroiderer who suggested I develop my more delicate and detailed embroideries. Thank you Linen and Fred. It was a lightbulb moment, as I realised that this was my unique style. So my goal for the next six months is to create some framed embroideries and to sell them and prints of them in my etsy shop.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m often working on several things, and I tend to get inspired constantly which leads to me dashing off in many directions. I’ve recently discovered that I really need to focus in order to progress. So, currently I am concentrating on two things; completing a commission for 3 sea inspired pieces and developing the new embroideries to go in box frames. They will be based on flowers and tree branches ( which I have been obsessively photographing lately)
If you could give other sellers or someone looking to start their own design/craft business one piece of advice, what would you say?
I would say Never Give Up! I’ve had several stumbling blocks along the way, and there have been tough times, but although I still have a long way to go I’m getting there. It doesn’t matter how slowly it happens, follow your dream! I really loved what Elizabeth said in her blog about the learning process being ongoing. You can read it here.
I would like to nominate Emily from Cuttlefishlove Kanzashi to write a blog hop post. I also nominate Karen Rao Felt Artist to start a blog.