Still sewing, not blogging! So time for a quick update.
I have been trying, sometimes it seems in vain, to develop the handmade side of my business for the last year or so now. I find that so many "crafts" organisations are aimed more at those who have studied arts/design at uni or college, rather than little old homespun crafters like myself, so wanted to share a recent discovery with you. I had seen the Design Trust's website a couple of times over the last few months, but a couple of weeks ago a google search directed me to it once more and I started reading. & reading some more. & yet more. Their stated aim is "The Design Trust helps professional designers & craftspeople to create and run better businesses - for themselves, their families, communities, and the world." And, quite amazingly I think, they actually deliver on this undertaking. They have lots of brilliant blog posts - one I am finding really useful at the moment is the one on how to create a range of items - and provide loads of information for anyone who, like me, is trying to make progress in the contemporary crafts world with zero academic design background.
So currently stitching away like mad, hoping to stock my Etsy shop with a new "range" in time for the Christmas season. Hope you are all well. K. x