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'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Slowly Building My Stash

The work I do takes so long that sometimes I don't realize how much I have actually gotten finished........
but ever so slowly my crocheted cloths are piling up.......
and my embroidered towels are getting finished!

In high hopes of one day actually having enough to sell.... I made up labels.
However....
Christmas is fast approaching and I love giving these things as Christmas gifts.....
maybe I will hang on to these and "give away" something different.
Do you have the same delimma? Do you finally get things made up and then wind up giving them all away? Do you find it hard to accumulate things to sell? I would love to hear how you solve that problem!



12 comments:

staci said...

Beautiful towels and washcloths! I don't sell my handwork...I tried it before and it took all the fun out of it for me. I would much rather give it away :)

Mildred said...

What beautiful works of heart!!! When I did make crafts, I would end up giving a lot away to those I knew would treasure the items.

Muddling Through said...

Yes, I give away most things I make. It's just so much fun to see the faces of the recipients!

I am so impressed with your washcloths. They are just beautiful! Love the embroideries on the towels, too. Your work is so pretty.

Gina E. said...

I've never thought of selling anything I make. I buy kits or patterns for things I want to make for myself, but I also make things for friends and family when I find something that I know someone will appreciate. Usually small framed pictures, hand towels, or other useful item.

peggy said...

Here's the thing---if you make something and you can't decide whether to sell, that means it is very good and is meant to be kept or given to someone special. Selling is really overrated if you compare it to the joy of giving. I sometimes hear from people who have bought my things at the craft mall and love them and I usually think to myself that I wish I could have given you that instead. Your work is just exquisite.

nAncY said...

i think that i would be great of you to sell some of your lovely pieces.

Joanne said...

My selling ideas are still on paper in a book!
I think when I do get around to building a stock, it will be simple items without too much handwork. The prices you need to ask to compensate for the time that goes into things is just too high, especially in an economy like we have. Besides, often crafty things are appreciated best by crafty people, who would rather make their own anyway. I think that is why kits are so popular. Kits are also in my book of ideas!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Your items look beautiful and I love your labels. I had to laugh when you asked 'Do you give your items away?' I am always sending houseshoes to people, just because. I never regret giving anything away or mind getting in and getting another made when needed. Twyla

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Kathleen,
Your crocheted cloths and embroidered towels are beautiful. I'm don't sew, but bought my mama some lovely embrodered hankerchiefs last week. She loves them and takes one each week with her to church. I'm always giving things away to people. It just gives me joy to make other happy.

Linda said...

Kathleen, the embroidery work on the towels is just beautiful and love the little dishcloths too. The packing and labels is just perfect...and the pinked wrapper is so neat. They are wonderful gifts, but I hope you do open your shop so we have the chance to enjoy some of your beautiful pieces...hugs, Linda

papel1 said...

Kathleen,
I have sold a few items I have made, mostly crafting things with cutter quilts. Your embroidery is beautiful. I love the towels and making labels is fun. A gift with a label is nice too. Happy Sunday.
Judy

GardenofDaisies said...

Every quilt I have ever finished has been given away to someone else. (except one very small placemat sized flag quilt that I hang on the wall every July.) And although I do like to see the joy on others faces, it makes me a little sad that I have none of my own work here in my house to enjoy. So for the next few years I am concentrating on the home front. No more quilts going out the door until I take care of the people right here at home. I suppose that sounds rather selfish... but I want my kids to have something I made.