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1  CANADA / Atlantic Canada / Does anyone know where I can get "piece work" done in Halifax area? on: February 13, 2007 09:54:03 AM
Hello lovely craftster's! I'm trying to get some "piece work" done in order to speed up the production of my bags for upcoming orders this spring. Same sort of idea as Suttles and Seawinds in Mahone Bay (they contract out their sewing to locals) in the Halifax area. Any suggestions are welcome as I've just moved back here and am at a loss for local contacts. Thanks!

p.s- More info about what I'm looking for can be found here:
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Contracting out your work? on: February 13, 2007 09:37:04 AM
Alright here goes!

I'm a grad of fashion design and have put in as much time as I can handle working for the "big guys" before hating the industry and those whom are part of it. Through out school and my many jobs I've run my own company, it has flourished and has alot of interest from stores, mags and the most important the people who buy! However trying to stay afloat without making the same mistakes as other small companies have is a major task...Like every other fabulous artist on this site! Currently I am running the show (aka sole proprietor) so everything from design idea, sourcing, to the pattern, cutting etc etc is done by moi. For the summer I have 6 stores that have asked for my products and a website currently under construction. The thing is in order to sell my bags at a reasonable price to stores and still work part-time at a regular job, I'm going to have to start contracting out the sewing work aka piece work...

I'm fine with doing everything else as I am a bit of a perfectionist with my product. But when it comes to hiring out the production of my work I'm at a loss. My only experience has been the usual "send it to China to figure out" sorry I'm not on that level and want to keep our jobs in Canada for now thanks. The other time I posted an add at my old school and the work I got was sad at best (and those people were supposed to be design students almost graduating!).

So now I'm wondering if any other craftster has had this happen and what they have done? My ideas thus far have been to post ads in the newspaper and local sewing guilds and stores. But what is appropriate to pay for the work? Is it rude to ask for a sample of the persons sewing before hiring etc? I'm open to anyones opinions and suggestion. Thanks for reading my mini novel!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / new life for my old hairclip/make-up case on: October 13, 2006 07:43:30 PM
Hope this belongs in this part of the forum

I have a bad habit of amassing "stuff", mostly beauty or fashion design related...While I like to think that the container/ organizational unit I have carefully chosen will hold my treasures; at some point it usually overflows. Then the whole "re-organizing" process starts again!

As I began another round of bags for store orders I realized that I had thread allover my workspace. It was overflowing from my sewing  basket, falling off my shelf that held spools and randomly wandering around my cutting table...

Here's the chaos and happily ever after:

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / What started as a knitty tote mutated into something very BIG on: October 10, 2006 07:27:40 PM
Oh dear, what once began as a large tote to contain my random knitting supplies has now mutated into "knitty tote version XL"! I make a smaller style for a few stores and thought why not try and make it a bit larger...make that huge. Now if only I had been this inventive in design school I wouldn't of had to lug around my tool box and bag!

here it looks all innocent and lumpy

damn that's alot of stuff!

action shot!

ps-I can't knit anything beyond hats and scarves!
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