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  • has your craft dramatically changed since you first started your business ?

    hi everyone
    just thought it would be interesting to see how many peoples crafts have changed since first starting your business. For example i have a background as a knitwear designer but started my business as a textile product maker but now it seems that after starting some jewellery pieces (which incorporate offcuts of my fabrics from my range of products )this line is selling better than what i intentionally set out to do !

    diane
    Diane
    www.tailormade.etsy.com

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    When I first started I planned on only doing 1 kind of candle. As time has gone along, I keep trying out new types and designs and soon I'm going to be doing mosaics. It's funny the way things work out.
    Stephen
    Website - Soy of the North
    Blog - If Soy Candles Could Talk
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    • #3
      When I first joined the forum I was painting pottery and glass as well as watercolouring but that all seems to have gone by the wayside as my sewing, knitting and crochetting have taken over. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day. lol.
      Carol
      God helps them that help themselves.

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      • #4
        When I first joined the forum, I was a painter working with acrylic and glass paint. I now make and sell handbags made from paper. I was under the impression people liked to treat themselves and the bag thing is very unusual. I am a bit of a jack of all trades, I will have a go at anything to make a bit of cash, I really want to craft full time....long way off yet tho :-(

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        • #5
          wow , so many changes along the way , and for the better lets hope !
          Diane
          www.tailormade.etsy.com

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          • #6
            I haven't changed my craft but my craft itself has changed as it seems every man and his dog are making jewellery these days. When I first started *ahem* years ago there weren't that many jewellery makers and a small number of suppliers. In the last few years that has changed dramatically. It can make life difficult; I do less fairs these days because there are too many jewellery stalls. I would love to do loads more but there's no point if there are 18 other jewellery sellers in the same room [as has happened to me].
            Heather
            Pretty Things Handmade Jewellery

            Website - www.prettythingsjewellery.co.uk


            Destash bead and papercrafting shop - http://www.misi.co.uk/handmade/BlackCatBeads.html

            New blog - www.prettythingsandwitterings.blogspot.com

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            • #7
              hi heather
              i can understand how you feel and with all that competition in jewellery makers. I hadnt concientiously moved into jewellery but with some experimenting i realised the technique i had lent itself to jewellery and i hadnt seen anyone do what i was trying to achieve before. the jewellery part is only a small part at the moment but its definetely what drives sales for me and yet i make more profit on what is less work than my textile products. Its almost as if they are viewed differently to some of the other things i make yet they can take up to a fraction of the time to make them. At the moment im selling all different coardinating products but im tempted to take only my jewellery to sell to see what happens (they can get a little lost with my other products on a stand)

              diane
              Diane
              www.tailormade.etsy.com

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              • #8
                I've been a potter since 1982 so I don't suppose I'll ever change that!

                However, since I went full time I have to say my style of pots has changed. I've learned what sells best, so I make a lot more 'fun' stuff like my cat dishes and silly mugs. Before, I used to make 'serious' pots - vases, casseroles etc. Although I do still make those, the fun stuff is what sells best.
                Daesul

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                • #9
                  I think most business change over time as you have to keep up with the trends no different from the shops if they had the same stock season after season would never have any sales. Experience through selling helps you change ideas and directions plus as creative types think this is the norm to try new ideas etc and keeps us passionate about what we do.

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                  • #10
                    I started off making cards and had a few peelables with me - now I only do the peelables and could fill and entire room with them as the range of designs is ever increasing. I introduced my keyrings about a year ago and these are a nice little extra. I keep thinkging of other items which might work alongside but with so little time, I can't really see things changing much more for a while. Certainly the style of work has changed dramatically and this is constantly evolving.
                    Ali x

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                    • #11
                      Diane, I'm sorry if it appeared my post was directed at you; it really wasn't, it was more a generalised rant.
                      Heather
                      Pretty Things Handmade Jewellery

                      Website - www.prettythingsjewellery.co.uk


                      Destash bead and papercrafting shop - http://www.misi.co.uk/handmade/BlackCatBeads.html

                      New blog - www.prettythingsandwitterings.blogspot.com

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                      • #12
                        I started the business back up this year with the intention of doing Faerie doors and Polymer clay sculpts.. I did do jewellery in the past but decided not to go down this line again.. needless to say, the last 2 months have been spent making jewellery!
                        Nici

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                        Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goblin-Dreams/33795458652
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                        http://goblindreamer.Blogspot.com

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                        • #13
                          hiya ali
                          interesting how you started ali ! with the cards ... i guess we change and tweak our ranges constantly and sometimes not realise how far weve come from the beginning of setting out in the world of crafts. its funny how trends change too ... i stopped taking handmade cards along last year because they took up too much space and didnt sell very well , i took them along this year and they have been selling like hot cakes ! and yet my designs havent changed since last year ! i find it all quite facinating to reflect on !
                          diane

                          Originally posted by AliCat View Post
                          I started off making cards and had a few peelables with me - now I only do the peelables and could fill and entire room with them as the range of designs is ever increasing. I introduced my keyrings about a year ago and these are a nice little extra. I keep thinkging of other items which might work alongside but with so little time, I can't really see things changing much more for a while. Certainly the style of work has changed dramatically and this is constantly evolving.
                          Diane
                          www.tailormade.etsy.com

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Pretty things View Post
                            Diane, I'm sorry if it appeared my post was directed at you; it really wasn't, it was more a generalised rant.
                            hi heather .... no offence was taken ! i really feel for jewellers who started out in that area of craft and find so much competition around now. So far iv been taking all my stock along with me, but applying for stalls in the future maybe a problem for me if i advertise myself as a jeweller, due to the amount of competition anyway. I think if im honest with myself im not sure i could totally break away from textiles as it seems to be in my blood ! ill just continue i think for now with the balance of different stock i already have.
                            diane

                            diane
                            Diane
                            www.tailormade.etsy.com

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                            • #15
                              I too started with cards and rubber stamps.Now im into sewing and digital art in a big way.
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