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Craft fairs are one of our favourite parts of the festive season. There’s something special about finding unique gifts for friends and family – and maybe a little treat for yourself too. But how tricky is it to sell your stitches? We spoke to four creative types who will be appearing at fairs this Christmas…
Which fairs are you attending?
Crafty Fox Market at the Geffrye Museum on 14 December. It’s an evening event so I’m hoping it will be very festive and cosy.
What will you be selling?
I always like to take an array of things with me so that there’s something everyone can afford. This includes original stitched pieces and the prints and greeting cards of the designs.
Will you be selling anything special for Christmas?
I’m planning on creating a new series of Christmas cards and I might get some little tree decorations or tiny embroidery hoops stitched with festive illustrations.
Do you have any tips for anyone thinking about selling crafts at a fair?
I would definitely do a set-up practice beforehand and take a photo so on the day it’s quick and easy to set up. Also have lots of different price points that anyone can afford. Don’t forget to take snacks and drinks!
How long does it take you to prepare?
As I take part in fairs all year round and I run an Etsy shop all I need to do is pack everything up the night before. I do however have to think a couple of weeks in advance to make sure I’m not low on any stock.
How do you decide what to sell?
Trial and error! Instagram is also a great tool in seeing what people like, if my work goes down well there then I will mostly make prints of these pieces for future shows. My most popular pieces currently are the quotes I have made using gouache and thread.
Are there any presents you’d like?
I would love every colour of DMC embroidery floss so I could spend all day organising them in colour order and in boxes, that would be the dream.
What are your business hopes and dreams for 2018?
I hope to keep growing my business, gaining more followers on social media and making more sales and spreading my work around the world.
I would also like to start making more videos of me stitching as people really enjoy watching these.
LOUISE JONES www.sparklymouse.co.uk
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