So going to market was a HUGE education for me. I mean, my business is so small, but being around what’s current in the fabric and sewing world was a valuable experience that I don’t think I could have gotten anywhere else! One thing that struck me about the pattern designers I met was there was a distinct difference between the designers that were professional (beautiful booths, nicely printed patterns, great brand identity, etc., example here) and the ones that looked like home business (humble booths, poor graphics, etc.). I’m not trying to insult anyone, because as a home business, I completely understand that as a one-woman show I can’t do it all. Clearly, I want to put forward a professional look in my sewing patterns, in spite of being a home business, but I had to admit to myself that my pattern covers more closely resembled the latter group. As a result, I’m trying to create a new look. I worked on a new logo this week and reworked my website. I’m in the process of redoing pattern covers so that they all look like they came from the same author.
The little blurb about the logo on my site goes like this:
Our logo is an apple blossom.
The oriental style is a nod to my Asian background.
The short vowel symbol was included to reflect my role as a
I also did a craft show with Cindy this weekend – my first in 2 years. I barely did any sewing for this show since I have so much stuff that’s been accumulating in the last year that it was really time to unload some.
The cupcakes were a hit. I have 3 waffle chenille ones left.
It was the most successful craft show I’ve had but I really must admit that I don’t understand the shows. Maybe I’ve gotten better at sewing things, or maybe it was a better crowd this year.
Yep, the base of the dress form and the form itself are no longer together
– the tragic result of a girl living in a house full of rowdy boys.
Maybe having a dress form or a pattern display helped. I don’t know. One thing I do know is that I was so much more confident than before. I was chatting with customers and one lady even asked if I would give her sewing lessons. The other thing I know is that the reason I’m more confident now is because of the people who read this blog and comment or email me. You all make me feel like I have some sort of talent I never thought I had. Thank you SO much! I don’t even know how to thank you ladies! I want to do a give-away. I’m already scared of the comments, because I know these kinds of things can drive up comments, and too many comments can overwhelm me, but I’m not sure what else to do to show my gratitude! So here goes: I will randomly pick someone on Wednesday to recieve her pick of either a Little Artist Drawing Case (hot pink for a girl) or a Mini-Patchfolio(Amy Butler Lotus). Either one would make a great Christmas gift for a young or old girlfriend and that will be one less gift for you to make. Or you can keep it for yourself!
I could write more, but I’ll wait for another time. Have a great week!