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1  Embroidered Pouches-Pricing+Opinions Plz in Get Product and Website Opinions by syri 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!!
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2  Re: OTT 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by syri on: April 04, 2009 01:19:20 PM
Sorry about the delay in posting these pictures, TheSaphireMoon. My mum had to go to the hospital the other day and I have been sick so I just hadn't had the chance to take photos.

Anyway here it is, an amazing little snap wallet! I couldn't capture in the pictures how sparkley and shiney the beading is, but let me tell you it is beautiful.

(I don't know what happened to the lighting in the last picture, I think the sun came out briefly, it's been overcast lately; the colors are different but WHATEVs)

I know just what I am going to use it for, as I am afraid to put it in my purse so it gets all dirty; I've been working on a handmade card set for "concentration" or the memory card game, and it is just the right size to hold the cards. Perfect!! Thanks
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3  Re: OTT 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by syri on: March 29, 2009 02:25:17 PM
I think I may just be ridiculous, personally  Grin  LOL!  Hope Canada post is speedy getting my OTT to syri, and also mine to me!
I agree!
I'm going to be on the lookout for it this week.

How about a teaser? Yeah I think so.
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4  Re: Bookmark Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by syri on: January 30, 2009 10:25:56 PM
I got this one, actually just before the weekend, from stuckmachinic. I hadn't posted it earlier because life gets sticky sometimes and I had to deal with my kitty's problems. It is the constelation Draco! How neat is that?

Also I am assuming that since I have gotten all my feedback that my last partner, Taniquel has received her bookmark so I'll post an image what I sent her. The blue part is translucent as it is tissue paper! Laminated for strength of course.
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5  Biohazard Surgeon's Mask in Needlework: Completed Projects by syri 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.
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6  Re: Bookmark Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by syri on: January 20, 2009 07:07:09 AM
stuckmachinic and Oyhana I am happy that the bookmarks made it there safe and sound. I'm also very glad that you like them Cheesy
Also your words are too kind, gamemom42.

I have received my bookmarks from 2 partiners.

These two first ones were from gamemom42. I know I was going to post pictures of them the other night but I couldn't find my camera cable, and then I was stuck out while visiting my parents, because of a terrible snowstorm. However here they are Smiley They are fabulous.

This one is from Oyhana. I received them just this morning. She did an awesome job of illustrating a plant cell and on the other side a pretty collage of planty bits, I am terribly fond of botany, among other things.

Thank you both! I love them Smiley
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7  Re: Bookmark Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by syri on: January 12, 2009 05:22:54 PM
Group 5 (I'm pretty sure it's group 5), I've sent yours out this evening, just before the postal van came around to pick up the mail! Hopefully you'll all be receiving them soon. In the meanwhile, here are some teasers: Kiss
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8  Olivine Cutwork Hankie {one thick long juicy pic} in Needlework: Completed Projects by syri 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)
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