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21  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: fashion Designers... on: April 17, 2006 09:19:19 AM
Joy Teiken is a local fashion designer who seems to be having some success in New York and with the fashion magazines.  Her label is Joynoelle.  Her studio and showroom are at 2115 Como Ave. SE in Minneapolis and she is open from 10 to 3 on Saturdays, website www.joynoelle.com

I have no affiliation, but read an article about her in Women's Press last summer and was very impressed that she made it, leaving her day job and doing her design work full time.  Someday, maybe that will be me!
Valerie/Valoir

22  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: summer craftshows- successful? on: April 03, 2006 11:30:15 AM
Some items don't sell well in the summer.  Particularly knitted items, and other heavy or wintery garments. 
I sell jewelry.  Spring and summer shows have been up and down.  If the show has a lot of other jewelry, then it can be more difficult.  Another big factor is the weather.  You just can't predict it.  Rain will be bad for sales.   
When you are first starting out, people you already know are likely to buy your stuff and support you.  So make sure you get those people to the show and ask them to bring a friend.  Then there is the stick to it factor.  I have been doing a small art fair in St. Paul for the last couple years, it seems that shoppers do remember me.   So even if your first year of a show you don't sell a lot more than your booth fee, you are building your brand, your presence, so make sure you have stuff that people will remember. 
I don't do a lot of art fairs, because they are a ton of work, and expensive too. I do smaller fairs where my rather homemade display doesn't look too out of place.
Good luck.
Valerie/Valoir
23  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Who's who? on: April 03, 2006 11:07:24 AM
I tried organizing a meet-up and it never worked out.  I'd be interested in attending if someone wants to organize. 
Valerie/Valoir
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Precious Metal Clay on: February 28, 2006 11:52:59 AM
Aww, shucks.  Thanks for noticing me on HGTV. 

And yes, I do teach classes in Minneapolis, and I sometimes go on the road to Wisconsin too.  Feel free to contact me to get on my mailing list.

Valerie/Valoir

25  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Tubey Knitalong :D on: February 15, 2006 10:12:33 AM
Thanks everyone, this helps alot.  I checked the needles I already own, and I have a 29" and a 16" in the size I'm using, so I am going to try the 2 circular needle method. 
26  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Tubey Knitalong :D on: February 13, 2006 01:54:08 PM
Did anyone knit the sleeve in the round on circular needles?  Just wondering if it would work on a small size circ (12 inches?).  I want to take this project while traveling, and the dpns are going to cause me lots of trouble, I know.
Thanks.
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Precious Metal Clay on: February 10, 2006 07:46:19 AM
Regarding the recycled silver question - Yes, Art Clay does make that claim. 
I also spoke with Tim McCreight (the PMC guru) about it, and he said it would be pretty close to impossible to know the exact origins of the silver used, since there are many sources for reclaimed silver from many different industries.  He says PMC has reclaimed silver in it as well. 

As far as the size of the hot pot, I have not used it, but I think the space is about 3 inches diameter. 
28  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: 'Knitting Olympics' knitalong on: February 09, 2006 10:11:11 AM
I'm in with Tubey.  I've got the Cascade Sierra ready, the gague worked out and I'll be casting on tomorrow!
29  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Free Online Tutorials on: December 07, 2005 12:40:25 PM
www.hotpatterns.com also has a few free patterns.
30  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: No Coast Craft-o-Rama Discussion Here! on: December 05, 2005 12:02:59 PM
I too was really impressed with the turnout - WOW!  And there were lots of shoppers (at least for my stuff) so it was a great day.  I ran out of business cards and gifts boxes, so that tells you that it went beyond my expectations.  Thanks to the organizers!!!!

Valerie

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