Sunday, 28 September 2008

Jean Genius!


Thanks to all of you who have entered the giveaway; I'm getting quite excited! There's still time though, just get in before the end of the month and you're in with a chance.
I am sorry this picture looks so skew-whiff but I took it all wonky and then flipped it, (basically it looked better before I fiddled!) Anyhooo it is just a fiddle so no harm done. I have been meaning to have a go at Jean pocket hanging thingys for ages. I ripped some instructions out of Patchwork and Quilting magazine I think and knocked this up this morning with the kids. It is meant to be all denim but the jeans I used were some old ones of Annas so were seriously tiny In the article they went mad with embellishment too. Having said that I think the idea is sound and definitely something I'll be doing again on a larger scale.....my jeans definitely qualify! I also want to try it with some of Simons work trousers, I think it could be quite a good 'mans' textile project.
Yesterdays farmers market saw me basically paying £5 for the privilege of giving away two brooches. I have two Christmas fairs booked but I almost feel like I have got the whole 'selling what I make' thing out of my system. I am happy to keep making brooches to sell through shops. I really do enjoy it, but as far as other things go I am only going to make things that really take my fancy- not just stuff that I think might sell. Does that make sense? Overall the markets have been great experience and at another point in my life I may well give it another go, taking it more seriously but for now? I've scratched my itch.

6 comments:

JuliaB said...

hmm.... i know what you mean about the market thing ... I haven't done one yet, but making things to order seems to just not be right ... i'd rather just keep making things i like, following my inspiration, and then one day when I have a glut (i think impossible given the number of giftees on my various lists) i can do a sale of some sort. I haven't managed to do any "christmas" stock either .. it's a difficult one .. But i guess the current economic climate doesn't help! hope you've had a good weekend. x

Purple and Paisley said...

sometimes it's just good to know when the scratch is itched and move on, you know? otherwise you keep scratching and scratching and end up with a horribly sore spot...love your pocket creation...don't little girls have the littlest bottoms??? lol...and then we get older and the darn things get bigger...

Griffin said...

"I am only going to make things that really take my fancy- not just stuff that I think might sell. Does that make sense?"

Yes definitely. Thing is, once you have a good eye for what looks good... AND you make what you like, other people will buy it anyway. They are buying not just what you make, but your vision of it too. All because you're the crafter!

summerfete said...

Jenny thanks for your thoughtfulness.
The boudoir perfume is actually growing on me, I might try it again next time I'm shopping! I should say that I'm an aging heavy/metal chick, though you wouldnt know by looking at me! I still like Led Zeppelin and the like.

I spend so long on projects that I would have to charge thousands for them!

Jackie said...

Good idea. I am currently engaged in making stuff I hope will sell.

Sharon said...

I found the craft fair/market thing depressing! Cost me loads in fabric and time for very little return! Nice denim hangy thingumy! :)