Saturday, 8 March 2008

365 / 201 - Trying New Things

2008 is my year of trying new things. Thinking "oh, maybe I could try that" and actually doing it instead of just thinking about it... I'm starting up new shops on Dawanda and Pink Doodle, and back in January I submitted my work (after much nagging by friends and family) to a local brick and mortar shop selling locally handcrafted items. I got my rejection letter yesterday, oh well (at least the nagging will stop, haha). This is all part and parcel of trying things... some things will work, others won't, but if you don't try then nothing will happen to you at all!
My latest "new thing"? I'm going to try selling felt squares in the supplies category over on Etsy. It feels rather like when I first set up shop on Etsy - "will anyone want my stuff?" "how do I take a picture of this?" "how do I work out postage" and so on... but with a bit of trial and error I'm sure I'll get the hang of it. If I don't, there'll be very little harm done as felt doesn't have an expiry date and I'm bound to use it all eventually :)

Yesterday's craftiness was devoted to sorting out my felt stash... picking 60 colours, sorting them, labelling them, naming them, making a colour chart, and generally sitting about in my pajamas surrounded by piles of felt for most of the day. Here's the finished chart (click on it to view it larger) ...
I'm going to be selling 9 inch (23cm) squares, and also packs of 60 mini squares, one of each colour. Buying felt online myself I would love to be able to buy a pack like that from the retailers I've shopped with as colours vary so much on monitors and their colour charts sometimes bear very little relation to what you actually receive (I am super-fussy about what colours I use in my work). I also would pretty much have killed for something like that when I was a kid, I'd love to be able to post one back in time to my 10 year old self!

5 comments:

Mae Jane said...

ahh this is like visual eye candy to me hehe, i love the way you've displayed them and those are luscious colors! i think it's a great idea to sell them as supplies on etsy, i know i could use them for the little catnip toys i make! nice work my friend :)

Livvy Lu said...

Hi, I love your work it's so colorful and interesting. I added your links to my blog.
Keep felting...
www.livvyludesign.blogspot.com
www.livvylu.etsy.com

Simple Splendor Photography said...

Awww...a rainbow of felt! How dreamy! I love your work!

Claire P said...

WOW! 60 colours of felt! I never knew there were so many ;)
How do you have time to make so much lovely felty goodness?!

Claire P.x

Annie said...

I am so glad to see this! I have been looking for a place to buy wool felt and I was having trouble finding the colors I wanted, especially because I had my doubts about the color charts on the website I was looking at. They just didn't seem very accurate, but yours in much clearer!

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