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381  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Awesome paisley dee ring bag tutorial on: July 15, 2008 10:12:18 PM
I know I'm late...but just started here & this is one of the things I am looking for...
first - great step-by-step!
nice to see pic-word-pic-word...
question: what if the material is thick? I usually use ultrasuede (and w/o print I don't like that stitch across, but no other choice has looked right to me)...I have tried vinyl & some "leather"  - but the edges look too rough or if I do it like you show, it's too bulky...any ideas? anyone?
382  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to finish bags?! on: July 15, 2008 09:56:13 PM
If you want to avoid the whole topsticch thing & don't mind some handstictching or "backwards seams"...sew lining to bag with bag right side out & lining wrong side out (lining is outermost) while leaving either part of the side (less noticeable) or the bottome of the lining open and turn rightside thru that opening...once everything is in the right place, either handstitch the opening closed or do an edgestictch at the opening...does that make any sense? If I had any pics I'd show them...but I've never taken any as I go...
not sure if you see it...but the bottom was open before the "turn" and sewn as edgestitch to finish...
383  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: An Underselling Discussion: crafting problem everywhere... on: July 15, 2008 06:22:04 PM
Tinkerbellforever, I think you're right.  I've seen people say things like, "I just found my mom's old sewing machine in the closet and made my first bag - do you think I could sell these?" as if it's that easy.

After years of learning and working on my skills, I've just started to really consider selling some of my stuff, and that's tentative because I know I still have a lot to learn.  This idea of just being able to slap something together right off the bat and sell it is just plain silly, imo.

That said, there are a lot of really beautiful, unique, interesting handmade goods available out there, and the crafters who make them are skilled artisans who should be paid generously for their talent and effort.

I have a question - not sure if it should be here or it's own topic...but, less to the pricing issue, more of a when to start selling... re: DangerousSuburbanite's waiting to sell...Just how much time do most of you think someone should wait? Is it really "wrong" to try and sell early works if they are cute & turned out ok? We all start somewhere - and not all of us are "professionally" trained (heck, most of us I'd think).  If someone has been making toys for years & tries jewelry - they could be great from the get-go.

So...when to make the plunge? It sounds like some people don't think you should try selling until your work is "perfect" or as good as someone who's been at it for years & very successful..
384  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Crazy Craft Store Idea- please weigh in? on: July 15, 2008 04:29:24 PM
OK - so I'm not the only nutty thinker out there - yeah Smiley
I was thinking something similar recently...I was wondering about more of a store - where you'd have a group of different crafters (both style & medium?) that use the space as a studio kind of "behind the counter" - viewable from the store...so people could actually see the hard work going on (of course there'd be behind the scenes work areas too) - even a classroom (helps with the funds)..
maybe you could encorporate something like that...
just more thoughts to muddle  with...
385  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: At what point do you need to get a Business License/Tax ID? on: July 15, 2008 02:41:45 PM
Just started myself...
VERY helpful reads I got from the library (saved some $$)..
Craft Inc. by Ilasco, Meg Mateo
Start up: Start your own arts & crafts business - McDougall, J.S.
 DBA, Seller's permits & such vary state to state...your state's main website should have a small business start up section (mine was at michigan.gov) irs.gov also has publications, guides & links..

also helpful...
The crafter's guide to pricing your work - Ramsey, Dan
How to show & sell your crafts - Caputo, Kathryn
Crafter's Internet Handbook - Crabe, Genevieve

hope it helps - it did for me  Grin
386  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: photo business cards? on: July 15, 2008 11:28:33 AM
It can't hurt to try one...if the price of one high quality sheet isn't ridiculous.
I've done multiple photo dheets many times & just used a good cutter - they looked good.
there are decent places online where you can upload your own design (even photo quality) where it won't break the bank... check out www.overnightprints.com and www.gotprint.net
387  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Go Michigan! on: July 14, 2008 03:18:51 PM
Hello there  Grin
I'm new to the craft biz but been lovin' art since my first Crayola!
Hope to have fun with everyone...
388  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Those custom made labels you all use on: July 14, 2008 02:24:38 PM
I simply use Printworks T-shirt transfers & iron them onto a simple sturdy fabric, cut & sew on. so far so good. (there are lots of companies that do the iron ons Printworks is decent & inexspensive)
To get them a good size I have used Word address labels - just inserted my logo...
389  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Opinions please on: July 14, 2008 01:08:22 PM
I am in the beginning stages of turning my hobby into a biz. I've only drafted about 5 different designs (created 4 of them so far, some with multiples) and have sketches for more to try.
I have the name, logo & DBA is being registered.
I started a website b/c friends and family were interested now.
What I am looking for is opinions from people not close to me that are also crafters.
Opinions on products & website (keep in mind still under construction - the store is hidden until I am ready) are very much appreciated.
thank you thank you thank you


Now I can add pics so you don't have to go to the website (although opinions on that are very welcome)...
390  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: photos stretched around canvases: What do you think? on: July 14, 2008 12:47:56 PM
I really love pics that get played with and are Artistsed Up (I know, it's not a real word)... cc: the corners may need some tweeking to get more streamlined or if you are going for a funkier look - twist it or something so any "imperfections" (no such thing with art & crafts..)look intentional, even if they are not.
I haven't seen too much like it. Just went to an art fair & maybe one booth (out of about 100) had something that is maybe in the same family.

Pricing sucks...
I'm a neewbie too & have just read a ton of books about this (feel free to contact me if you're interested in which books)
One of the best to go by is...(materials x 2) + labor + overhead ...if the material are inexpensive, do it x3. (that's wholesale, multiply by 2 for retail)
Another that uses labor: (materials + labor) x 150% for wholesale and for retail - double it
If your thinking "labor! what the heck do I charge!" Then try materials/25% for wholesale and material/10% for retail.
Hope it helps...if you just double the materials you are cutting yourself way short!
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