|coffee and yarn: just what I needed !|
Everytime I am asked “I like to start my own business in Craft” by someone, I am always enthusiastic because I love what I do and would not want to do anything else. Saying that however, I do have to explain that I am not “normal” and I do not have a “Life” outside of craft. If you are honestly thinking of having either a family or life AND making a living from the stuff you make, please know that it is inhumanely almost impossible to do so, especially when you are coming from a paid job in the private sector with a steady income. So, asking my advice if you should start your own business in craft might not give you a full idea of what to expect in a reasonable way. Everyone’s’ reality is so different. If you are an insomniac, driven by crafty achievements and a huge competitor of yourself, I think you have come to the right place. This also goes for all the questions I get on how much to ask for something handcrafted that took x amount of time. Craft and art for that matter is something that is highly flammable a topic to discuss in a business kind of way. Craft and art are phenomena that have no price tag: it is either given away (therefore deriving the pricetag $0 and deemed worthless in capitalis society or priceless) or us crafters, frantically try to calculate “wort” by adding/multiplying/whatever to what you have made to try and remotely come to a favourable pricetag so that the something you have created with love can actually sell. And I say “sell’ opposed to “make money” for a reason. Craft is not something you easily make money from. Anything made by hand is per definition slow going, intensive and made with part of our hearts and souls. How can you possibly put a price on that ?
Saying that : the amount of people selling craft in the last ten years has increased hugely and that’s a good thing! Hand made or slow fashion is great! It signals that we cherish this handmade with heart fashion ! However, unless we all share the love, do not cave in to the principle of “ competition” that the modern economy thrusts upon is it is not going to go anywhere fast. Try to do your own thing, embrace your own way of doing things, love what others are doing and share. Honestly: living from what you make in craft is super hard and I am sorry to say: it will never give you a fancy car or a million dollar mansion. If you want that, go find a real job. However for all the determined, stubborn, “I would not survive doing anything else”-kinda people like me: do it ! The whole landscape fo business , especially small craft business or handmade is changing fast: you will have to do lots of different things: like designing, making and marketing. So many things in so little time. But if you love what you do or better still: if you are passionate about it, hours do not matter. The most important thing is to keep the passion! Always!
Tonight I am offering you Sign ups for the next IxCHeL clubs, Sock yarn!!!! And Silks! Shiny !
New IxCHeL Club sign ups are now open !
for the months : April, May and June 2017
(til quotas are reached or until march 31st)
IxCHeL Fibre Club April, May and June 2017
The IxCHeL Sock Yarn Clubs April, May and June 2017
IxCHeL Funky Bunny Batt Clubs April, May and June 2017
IxCHeL Merino Nylon Sock yarn 4 ply Fingering Weight
Great yarn with fab stitch definition and drape, +/- 380 meters per 100g, needles 2.25-3mm
100+gram skeins AU$26
Mulberry Silk Tops
50+gram tops AU$26
Dates to put in your Calendar !!
THE MAD HATTERS TEA PART SPIN IN 2017
Saturday May 6th 10am-3pm
Healesville Spinners and Weavers Guild Chat, Spin and Shop
I will be doing a talk about the IxCHeLbunny farm, fibres and yarns and lots more !!! There will be fibres to cuddle (and buy) and also spindles of all shapes and sizes.
The event is open to all but everybody is asked to bring a plate of food to share with the others to make it even more fun. The Hall opens at 11am with a group meeting and my talk will start around 12. After the talk there will be ample opportunity to browse, shop and mingle.
V.C. Mullett Hall (Badger Creek Hall), 358 Badger Creek Road, Badger Creek.
The hall is located next to the Badger Creek C.F.A. Station and opposite the Badger Creek Primary School. There is off road parking.
Sunday May 21st 10am-3pm
Victorian Hand Knitters Guild Show Coburg Town Hall
I will be there with lots of hand dyed tops for spinning and felting and happy rainbow yarn and sock yarn, some extra special art yarns and much much more!!!!
As well as some amazing Lair of the Bearded Dragon spindles and bowls that are pure magic to spin with !
Friday July 14th- Sunday 16th, 9am-5pm
date and venue info to follow soon.
Black n Coloured Sheep FIELD DAY in Pakenham!
250 g tubs AU$26
Just contact me with the name of the colour you are after and I will get right back to you.
How To Order:
2. Message me on facebook or
3. Message me on www.ravelry.com where I am Ixchelbunny.
I will email you right back with all your order details and payment methods.
Any questions? Any custom orders for yarn or dyeing fibre? : Please don’t hesitate to ask! Always happy to enable.