|I've enjoyed knitting these little dolls ...|
Saturday, 16 February 2019
Friday, 8 February 2019
|Little knitted men.|
|Niloo Wickramasinghe's beautiful ceramic pots|
|Rubecula Thread's new purses. Knitted and lined with velvet backs.|
|Spring flowers for a dark and rainy winter's day!|
It's official! I've been talking about doing workshops and free 'creative sessions' in the shop for ages and yesterday I sent out an email to all those who have come in to the shop asking about workshops.
A couple of years ago I rented Winton House at night and we had a series of successful Handmade Happiness workshops there but now I want to do something in the shop during the day because frankly it's too darn quiet at this time of year and it would be great to have the company of like minded people sitting round the table making something gorgeous while enjoying a good chat!
These 'creative sessions' will be free of charge. And there will also be once a month workshops to learn something and use materials provided. These will cost £20 and will be bookable in advance as there is only room for 6 people at a time. The first one on Experimental Knitting will take place on Wednesday February 20th. Email for more info at email@example.com
Tuesday, 29 January 2019
Thursday, 24 January 2019
|Painted papers collage Valentines card by Jenny Stacy|
|Painted papers Valentines card by Jenny Stacy|
|Embroidered 'love' Valentines card by Jenny Stacy|
Yesterday I made Valentine's cards. I started off embroidering the word 'love' but this took too long so I then stitched a heart button to a piece of collage cut out in a small heart shape and I think this looks just as nice.
I did the same with the dolls I made most recently. The first one has an entirely embroidered face and actually I like it the best. But it takes a long time to do this level of detail on something you want to sell for a reasonable price so the rest of the dolls have painted faces with just a little bit of embroidery for definition.
This balancing of price and maker's time is interesting. Some makers don't even take their time into the equation. That quilt may have taken them three years to make but they know they can't charge for their time or no-one could afford to buy it. And other makers are happy if they just make back the price of their stand when selling at a craft show.
But makers who are relying on the money earned from their efforts have to carefully weigh up whether something is even worth making based on the time it takes, cost of materials and, most importantly the highest price anyone is prepared to pay for that item....
Therefore there have to be some short cuts....that is why even though I'd prefer to spend the time embroidering the word 'love' on each card I can't let myself do that.
By the way there was another card with 'love' embroidered on it but it sold while still wet from my making table to a man who said he'd tell his wife he made it himself!!
Sunday, 20 January 2019
Saturday, 19 January 2019
|Jenny Stacy dolls now half price|
Thursday, 17 January 2019
|My knit bracelets with charm or button. Jenny Stacy|
I sit in my little shop and make stuff. I also do my taxes - due on the last day of this month. I tidy, clean and sort. But mostly I wait for someone to come through the door.
It's January, the quietest month. The rain is soaking and the temperature has plummeted. So it's not surprising that no-one is out and about. The news is not encouraging with Marks and Spencer closing down more stores - they are gradually losing 100 of their shops ... and more small independent shops are closing locally. Nearly everyone prefers to buy online.
Yesterday just one person came in to the shop. It is quite tempting to give it up and close down too. Only my pride and stubborn determination keeps me going. When I go (if I go) it will be with a 'bang and not a whimper' as TS Elliot says.
But seriously, think about your local shops. If you never go in there, not even for a card, they will disappear. Are you happy about that?
Sunday, 13 January 2019
|Handmade Happiness window|
|Handmade Happiness window detail|
|Kate Box's cosy knitwear and Jenny Stacy's cashmere bunnies|
|Nice old buttons from a customer's collection|