Check out this fantastic competition to win a beautiful jacket from Chrissie!

Friend and fellow fibre addict Chrissie Day has posted an amazing competition on her blog giving one lucky reader an opportunity to win one of her beautiful waterfall nuno felt jackets! 

You need to submit a combination of colours to Chrissie (minimum of 4) that best talk ‘May and food’ to you and sing out that message.  This gives you a huge range of colours to choose from and the prize will be one of Chrissie’s amazing waterfall jackets made especially for you in your selected colours!  The closing date is May 31st and there is one entry per person.  Please email Chrissie at chrissieday@me.com to submit an image of your block of colours.  Check out images of these tops on Chrissie’s Flickr and start planning your colours now!

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Pricing debate yet again, new craft social networking site, where to sell???

Over the last few weeks I have really thought about the pricing debate yet again.  Last night I revisited out earlier conversations on the subject and checked out this link (thanks Dawn, very provocative) before taking experienced nuno felted Nancy Schwabe’s advice and looking into selling my felt on Artfire and Boticca.  There is no doubt in my mind that actually seeing and handling the felt prior to buying is the ideal scenario but sometimes this is just not possible and selling over the internet seems an ideal way of broadening the net of potential purchasers.  I have had some very nice feedback recently from purchasers of my merino and nuno felt scarves so know that they have been happy with the quality and price of my work but still the question remains, where is the best ‘virtual’ place to sell online if you do not have an ‘actual’ venue to stock in your locality?

Before I get too steamed up on the pricing issue I just want to alert those of you who haven’t already discovered it to a great new craft related social networking site appropriately named ‘My Craft Corner’.  I discovered this by linking through a couple of blogs last night (really sorry but in my excitement I lost the original link) and it appears to combine the attractions and functionality of Ravelry, Flickr and Facebook all on one site, kind of ready made craft porn for all us addicts out there!  If you do pop along and decide to join please be sure to make me one of your friends, my user name is Clasheen, what else!!

Lilac and blue nuno shibori

Getting back to selling online, I just added a gorgeous cobweb felt scarf and a couple of nuno shibori beauties to my Etsy store last Thursday.

Another busy day ahead and pricing work for sale!

Another busy day is in the making ……. visitors at 10.30, fitting blinds for my neighbours at 12.00, mother calling over for coffee and a walk through the new woodland plantation at 14.30, load mountains of recycling into the truck, meeting and more visitors at 20.00, when will I have time to do any actual work???

I have decided that the best thing for today is to enjoy catching up with all my visitors, fit the blinds, get the recycling loaded and at least try to finish uploading more new pieces up to my Etsy store.  Since Lyda Rump has returned to the Netherlands I have had great fun creating a selection of small brooches using merino, glass and fabric as well as two beautiful and light nuno felt scarves. 

Detail from 'Indian Summer' nuno felt scarf

It has been difficult for me to try and price this work fairly especially as a lot of Irish people don’t seem to understand that I have to upload everything in dollars, just the way the Etsy site works!  As a point of reference, if a piece retailes at $54 that equates to approx E40 and if it retails at $30 that equates to E22.06 or 19.16stg.  In case you are wondering why I haven’t put the correct symbols with the figures my computer seems to have a mind of it’s own and I can’t find them anywhere!  The two scarves that I have already uploaded are both priced at $54 which I think is a bargain (they would be a lot more expensive in the gallery where I have felt accessories for sale) but my feeling is that I want and need to sell my work so there is no point being too precious abour the price.  I need to earn enough to get by on but nothing excessive, this then frees me up to experiment with larger sculptural pieces, a direction that I am very interested in persuing for the future.  Does anyone else have any ideas about pricing?