Things have got to change around here, my friends. I love sewing, I love working for myself, and I love the flexibility of running a handmade business from my home. The key word in all of the above is business. Dancing Threads RI is most definitely a business venture for me, and as such, it needs to be profitable.
2015 was not a successful year for my business. The end of the year provides the perfect opportunity to analyze numbers and see what works, what doesn't. A whole lot of last year didn't work out the way I had hoped. I took some risks (The Makers Studio in Portsmouth) and did a lot of things the same way I had the prior two (successful) years. The end of year numbers are rather bleak. Lets just say they are not what I had in mind for working 30-40 hours a week.
I don't tell you all of this to air my dirty laundry or garner sympathy. This is business, and I need to follow the sales or else close shop. End of story.
From now on, my Etsy shop and booth at artisan fairs will be chock-full of knitting and crochet accessories: project bags and totes, knitting needle cases, crochet hook rolls, notions zippered pouches and a few new ideas debuting soon. I've been making them for the past 2 years, but will now focus solely on those products.
As far as you will see in my online storefront, there will no longer be snack and produce bags. No wet bags or shopping totes. However, I will never turn away a request to make these items! You also will find some of them categorized differently. Here are some examples:
Former: Beach Tote
New: Knitting Project Bag
Same design, same dimensions, but different fabric choices. If you would like a beach tote, just ask for me to line it in PUL. No problem!
Former: Cosmetic Bag
New: Project Bag or Sock Sack
Again, same dimensions and design, but the fabric choices will be geared towards yarn lovers.
Former: Shopping Tote
New: Project Bag
Same description as above. The keywords will be very similar if you do an Etsy search.
If there's something you *really* want to purchase, and don't see, but you've bought it from me in the past, please just ask.
Each and every customer, whether I've had the pleasure of meeting you in person or not, is truly valuable to me. I appreciate your support the past 4 years! BUT, in order for me to stay in business, my shop needs products that sell, a laser focus, a new approach to marketing, and a fresh start.
I wanted to be honest with you so that no one is caught by surprise or feels like I've lost my marbles. It's become very clear over the past 6 months that this is a necessary change.
Right now, as I transition my product inventory, I'm having a clearance sale in my Etsy shop. Huge discounts on snack and produce bags, as well as clutch handbags. Take advantage while it lasts!
I hope you will continue to think of Dancing Threads RI if you or someone you love knits and/or crochets. I appreciate your continued support, and hope that these changes lead to a successful 2016!
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.