I'm linking up with Fiona for New To Me this month - I've dropped out of sight a bit for the last couple of weeks because I've been up to a few new things and on a bit of a learning curve as I went along.
First a bit of charm swapping - the Low Volume Charm Swap run by Rachael at the Floral Suitcase. After a lot of deliberating about what exactly constitutes low volume I got lucky as Sarah did a post on low volume fabrics currently on sale - what a star! I've got two spots in the swap so I should be receiving 2 bundles of 56 squares. I'm quite excited about this but I have been putting off cutting up my fabrics out of terror at the hideous responsibility of doing it for other people and the fear of getting marks from my iron on the fabric, or cutting it squint. Now it's done!
I've found recently that when fabric comes off the bolt folded the pattern sometimes seems to banana in the middle, so after ironing my first fabric out flat I had to fold it in half by matching up the selvedges while holding it up to the light so I could make sure that the pattern line ran straight across.
Some stamp making - totally inspired by Fiona's own.
And finally I bet almost everyone who makes stuff has a little nagging voice of self-doubt but I decided to ignore it anyway and try making stuff to sell. I'm dipping my toe in the shallow end by starting with bunting - and little bags to put it in - and giving it to a friend to sell in her shop.
I've made about 40 metres of it so far - here's hoping.
As well as the bunting, I've been making Liberty fabric brooches using charm squares from Very Berry Fabrics (tutorial here, shortly to be updated).
This is my favourite.
It's turning into really useful experience, partly because I'm realising just how little my hourly "wage" will be after deducting costs, which probably isn't news to anyone who does this for a living. It's also useful from the point of view of learning about perfectionism and finishing things off properly.
Do you make things to sell? Where do you sell your work? And do you have a handy formula for pricing - or do you wing it?
Meanwhile, if you know anyone who would like to buy Christmas bunting, you can point them my way;-)