Nessa, that is totally weird. I think you did the right thing and shouldn't worry at all about whether or not she liked your response. People are very strange.
aschnebly - Hiya! Welcome - your shop is really lovely. The banner is clear and suits the style of your stuff, and the patterns are very neat. I think you'll continue to do very well. The only suggestion I can think to make is that for one or two of your listings (if not all of them) you could change the listing title around so that it says "knitting pattern" first, instead of like - military hat... knitting pattern. That way, the words that show up in the thumbnail of the listing will clearly say what the item is (a pattern, not a hat) right under the picture, so people looking for patterns (a whole different group of people from those looking for knitted items) will be drawn to your listings by the title when they come across them. Did I explain that with any clarity at all?? Anyways, like I say, really nice shop; I've bookmarked it.
Does it fit around your top? You could modify it without much work to make a tunic-tubetop.. put elastic or drawstring around the top, to sit over your boobies, and elastic a little ways down, to cinch under your boobies, and then just let it be! It's seriously cute fabric.
RubyTuesday.. you've got yourself a bona fide glitch there I've never had it happen... I'd contact support @etsy.com and see what they can do. You can report it in the etsy forums, too, in the BUGS section; you might get faster replies there.
Well, I'm winding down my shop because I'm packing to move across the country (again). I've got a handful of custom orders to make and list, but I'm not making anything new to list because I don't want to have to take them with me if they don't sell. I'll be shutting down toward the end of this month, and then I'm not sure what'll happen - if I'll reopen right away when I get out there, or if I won't reopen at all. Plans are very up in the air at the moment. It has been a lot of fun, though, so I'm hoping to keep it up. I want to say thanks especially to Nessagurl (thislittlebird), for kicking my butt into gear to open a shop in the first place, and being so helpful and supportive along the way. My custom orders should put me just over 150 sales, which is a nice place to end off after 7-8 months of selling plushies.
I've thought about the whole notion of wholesaling quite a bit, because I keep getting asked about "discounts on large purchases" ... Usually I'm like.. uh.. have you seen my store? There's never more than 15-20 things in it at once, exactly how large are we talking about? But philosophically this is where I'm at:
Wholesale exists specifically because of the mass production of goods. Mass production means basically that if you add more machines indefinitely making the stuff, you can theoretically meet just about any demand, and that if you're selling a whole lot of something you're making a whole lot of money even if each item only makes you a tiny profit.
Essentially I think that places like Etsy, and markets, and anywhere that connects the buyer with the maker/seller, are eliminating the whole process that made "wholesale" vs. "retail" exist (Which is a good thing, in my books). I know I've annoyed some people saying this, on the Etsy forums, but I think it's true. We are not a retail venue, or a wholesale venue, we are something completely outside of that system (or, I am, anyway). I don't mark my items up to twice what I want to make off of them to match what retail would cost.. I feel as though that would be strange and not altogether ethical. Also, they're made by me. I can only make so many of them, so the price I want is the price I want.. if you buy a lot, I don't have any more to sell at the normal price, and I can't MAKE anymore (cuz there's only so many hours in a day) so by giving wholesale discounts I'm effectively making less money for the same amount of work. I've got 15 bears and no time to make more, why would I ask less money for those bears? So I don't do it.
I read this earlier and thought - I swear that's just straightforward knitting (knit one row purl one row) - but was too shy to say it.. I'm glad I'm not going crazy. It's knit.. I'm quite sure of it (unless, as mentioned, it's some kind of unusual crochet stitch that mimicks knitting, in which case why not just knit it?).
lindsoriah, I feel your pain.. stuffed dogs don't shed so much, or need to go out to pee, but I still wish for a real puppy.
ludicrouslouisa.. it's ironic; I think he actually turned out to be more realistic than if I'd stuck to my original plans, just because he looks how he ought to, instead of being all awkward and forced
I was introduced to Anne Carson's book "The Autobiography of Red" (and the mythical character Geryon) recently, and challenged to make a stuffed little guy using the book of verse as a jumping-off point. It took a lot of planning, actually, and I kept trying to go for a very realistic style and getting frustrated... until.. I realized that he could be kind of boxy and funny and cute, and still fit the bill. So, here he is.. Little Red Geryon
As you can see, he is very red; made of all kinds of fabrics, like velvet, and upholstery fabric, and flannelette and so on. He has a ribbon around his middle that I fused silk squares onto so it would look a little like photographic film (Geryon's a picture-taker), and lots of little details, like extra stitching, and little fingers and toes.
I'm quite pleased with his facial expression especially.
Here's his little repurposed-leather wings...
... and he has a little dog in the story, so I made that too - he sits up on a gusset bottom, and is just basic embroidery outlining the shape.
Sorry for the abundance of photos, but I'm really proud of him; after a lot of torment, I think he's one of my favorite things I've ever made. It's a lovely book, too.. I highly recommend it.