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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Embroidered Pouches-Pricing+Opinions Plz on: April 27, 2009 11:39:45 PM

I am hoping to open an etsy shop, starting with these pouches as my first product. I am a forest of questions. On to the pictures first, (I'll include links in case the pictures don't work)

Heart pouch

Heart Detail



The synapse one has not been made into a pouch yet but it will be the same as the heart. I acknowledge that the pictures are pretty cruddy but it is the middle of the night and my (makeshift)light tent imploded a few days ago, the pictures will be retaken if/when I list these for sale. They are about 7x11x4cm which is to say 2.75x4.33x1.57inches to my american friends, so says an online measurement converter Wink
They are hand embroidered, lined with the same material as the outside, with a zip and without interfacing (I personally like softer pouches but what is your take on this?)
I am of the personal opinion that they would make for good purse size first aid kits (as I am also the type of person that needs first aid kits, some say clumsy) of course as just one of the potential uses. I know I can't possibly be the only person who is prone to cuts and scrapes but what do you think is the interest in this sort of thing? Or would it be best to promote general use, rather than aid+general use?

What do you think? Would you buy them? How much would you pay? What should I improve?

I am having a hard time gauging by other items on etsy, as there is nothing all that similar in size or skill level (not that I am the best but there are a great many people better at purses/pouches, but also a great many beginner embroiderers, which I am not)
I am trying to find a happy medium between what I think I should earn(for the time at a reasonable wage) and what other people think they should pay.

Your Opinions Please!!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Biohazard Surgeon's Mask on: January 23, 2009 05:25:42 PM

I am not entirely happy with the outcome of this project, mainly because I feel the work is not up to par. If you need details I could nit-pick it for you. I am not sure if I want to finish it, even if all it requires is tying in the tails on the straps.
It was embroidered with 2 strands of all purpose sewing thread, in satin stitch couched over a base of chain stitches and ladder stitches.
Feel free to give me a hard critique if you find something you want to point out either in the embroidery or construction of the mask. I have given it a pretty thorough reaming on my blog, but there may be things I haven't noticed myself.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Olivine Cutwork Hankie {one thick long juicy pic} on: December 16, 2008 07:47:58 PM

I hope the picture works! >.> If not, try this direct link

This is a christmas gift for my mum. It is worked, wholely, in a double strand of regular polyester sewing thread just because I couldn't afford to go out and buy floss (if you can imagine) and I liked the colour of the thread I had on hand. It is mostly buttonhole stitch, with a little whipped backstitch for the black outline and whipped chainstitch for the letters; there is plain chain stitch and a teeny tiny running stitch for the shade in the olives. The running stitch is more woven in as they are only a single strand of the fabric in width and in space apart. There is a little satin stitch on one of the olives that boarders onto one of the open spaces, and it is also used in the hand-rolled hem. The fabric is cotton linen, if I recall correctly; it's been in my stash for a while so exact fibre content is mysterious. It is approximately 12x12" and took me probably something on the order of 20 hours, half spent on the embroidery, half on the hem.

The background story is here on my blog (I hope I have posted enough information otherwise that directing you elsewhere for more will not be too much concern)
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Question: Editions, Originals or something in between? on: September 05, 2008 05:53:33 PM
I have a couple questions, mainly pertaining to hand reproduced ATCs. Say, for example, I start with a sketch and transfer then finish the drawing by hand 10 times. Each image would be similar but not identical, an original and a copy. It would make sense to at least number sed images, they are a series, however would you treat them as such in trading with people who are picky about trading for originals only? Would you, as a trader/collector be interested in an original-copy?

I only ask because I have a bizarre fascination with drawing the same image over again... don't ask..
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Affixing gemstones on: August 27, 2007 09:34:42 PM
Alright so I have some lab created gemstones (identical to natural gemstones just without inclusions and not out of the ground and stuff)
Anyway I was wondering how one would go about affixing them to a garment. I am pretty biased against glue in garment making and they are not flat back anyway.
I know that for cheapy rhinestones there are little pronged claspers of sorts that you poke through from the back side of the cloth and bend the prongs to hold the rhinestone. However does anyone know a) if they will corrode with body moisture and stain the surrounding cloth, b) if they will hold a brilliant cut gemstone, c) what the heck they are called and where to get them, possibly quality ones?
Alternately is there any other way to affix a gemstone to fabric?
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