My embroidered brooches are proving quite popular, but I realise that not everyone is a brooch person. My scarves are quite unusual, but I have a seasonal problem at present! In trying to decide what to make next, and in attempt to structure the time which I spend on producing for Folksy, I have been trying to analyse my current stock and sales. I use the term analyse loosely. I dimly remember from my days in market analysis, that certain minimum volumes are required for statistical validity!
My main 'processes' are - patchwork, applique, knitting, crochet, felting, embroidery and, possibly, in the near future a little weaving. Some items are formed from a combination of several processes.
My main items are - brooches, scarves, 'purses' of various types ( gadget cosies, specs cases, coin/card purses), stationery items (notebook covers etc), needlework items (needlecases, mending sets, pin cushions), card holders/wallets.
Now, at present, all my scarves have been knitted or crocheted, but I have some lovely pieces of velvet so I shall be considering some patchwork/embroidery/applique for that 'department'. Whilst a knitted cover for a notebook might not be particularly practical, an embroidered one could be very effective. Over the next few weeks I shall be trying to fill in the matrix of items v. techniques. In particular, I have really only used embroidery on its own on brooches. I am embarking on embroidered notebook covers, needlecases, gadget cosies etc. I listed a patchwork shades/specs/ case yesterday and hope to finish a patchwork gadget cosy later today. Once I have completed the sensible permutations for my existing range of products I might consider some new items.
I'm not too sure whether this approach is going to unleash some new creativity as I consider the possibilities , or whether it will prove to feel restrictive when I wake up one morning with a compelling impulse to make something that doesn't fit into the plan. Time, and potential purchasers, might tell.
In the meantime here is the shades case from yesterday: