As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been really busy lately. I have decided I have outgrown my idea of a Felt store as it is only NZ based (gosh, before it is even officially opened). I decided it would be a crime not to investigate the possibility of moving to Etsy as it has an international clientele and well, everyone knows of Etsy.
I have to admit I don’t know to much about Etsy, so I have been reading up on the processes etc. seems pretty straightforward. I have today registered with the site but I need to work out the finer details like PayPal and registering as a seller…… tax stuff, putting together my business plan etc. (I am determined to make a real go of this).
If any of you have an Etsy store let me know how it’s going for you and any tips you may have. I would love to see your stores!!
I am so close to getting all the paperwork done – then I guess my adventure really starts. Oh, how daunting and exciting all at the same time.
I have tweaked a few things these past few days I have started documenting and up-scaled my knitting toolbox by translating my existing bead/taaniko patterns into usable knitting patterns. So, I can see what I have done and reproduce pieces as needed.
I have produced a fabric label using the technique mentioned a few posts ago. Rubber stamps and fabric paint and iron on interfacing. This batch of labels are made from an old skirt that I have no idea why I kept it because it is really ugly cotton material….. I was also fortunate enough to find 10 metres of Iron on Interfacing at a Church thrift store for 50 cents. The over time the look and feel of the label will change as the materials are available kind of like my concept pieces.
I have started stock piling items for sale. So far, I have knitted and assembled 6 new Money Socks in the last two days.
Here is a sneak peek of what will be available when I win my paper war!
Red heart and red wine/raisin camouflage knit money sock. 19cm x 10.5cm (7.5” x 4”). Hand painted and stitched sock doll mini patch (upcycled roller blind material). Money Sock outer is constructed from 100% acrylic wool leftovers. Lined with faux suede upholstery material and features upcycled brand label machine stitched inside.
Neutral black grey and white camouflage with pink hearts on front and reverse colours featured on back. 21cm x 10.5cm (8.5” x 4”). Innards are the same as above and the patch has been made the same way as well.
This was a bead loom pattern that I made several years ago and adapted for knitting. The money sock outer is constructed in predominantly Acrylic wool and has been semi felted. The words are knitted with metallic glitter thread. The ‘innards’ are the same as above and the dimensions are 16cm x 9cm (6.5” x 3.5”).
Emo Money Sock
In the photo the colours are a bit distorted the stripes and emo details are more of a plum colour. Outer is 100% Acrylic wool scraps and the patches and innards are made using the same methods as above. Dimensions are 19cm x 11cm (7.5” x 4.5”).
Hearts a flutter pencil case
Dimensions are 18cm x 9cm. 97% Acrylic wool with 3% mohair scraps. Innards and patch are made the same way as above.
One little black heart
I re-tweaked my initial heart pattern to make them a little fatter and more heart like. There are no patches on this wallet as the pattern was just too cute to cover! the colours are a little brighter and richer than the picture shows. Dimensions are 14cm x 10cm (5.5” x 4”).
There’s your sneak peek…. expect to see them soon on Etsy.
I will let you all know via a ‘countdown, get ready and tells all of your friends’ style post when I work out the opening date.
Until then feel free to like and share and follow me on my journey as there will be plenty more behind the scenes post to come. If you have any questions leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer them.
Thanks for visiting !!