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Friday, September 12, 2014

The Etsy Experiment

Well, I did it. I took the plunge. Here is my latest tatting pattern, now up in my very first online shop. I hope to add a new pattern every few months.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/203082883/snowflake-tatting-pattern-ice-dance?
Why open a shop? It seems like fun, I can learn something new, and it will help motivate me to create more patterns. As an added bonus, maybe I will sell something and have a small tatting fund. Wouldn't it be neat if someday, I could support my hobby with my hobby? I think it's well within reach considering tatting is so inexpensive! But first I'd need to get more than one pattern in the shop :)

I still want to continue offering free patterns on my blog as well. I'll have to figure out a good balance as I go along. I think December will be the perfect time to offer a free Holiday snowflake pattern. I have some sketches drawn up waiting to be transformed into tatting. But now that I've taken a good long break from the Stawasz Doily, I really must get back to it!

10 comments:

  1. Lovely pattern! I like your idea of supporting your hobby with your hobby :)

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    1. Thanks Cindy! I love that tatting is so cheap I can make up the material costs with one pattern sale. Now if only I could tat faster and use up my supplies...

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  2. Congratulations with your new Etsy shop!! This is a very brave move! Good luck!!

    Tatting cheap? That is debatable!!!

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    1. Thank you! I must say Etsy is a bit intimidating. I hope I get used to it so it becomes fun rather than scary!

      As for tatting being cheap: I keep telling myself I'm not going to buy any more antique shuttles, loads of books, or mounds of thread. If I only buy the bare necessities, it will become cheap. I can do it, right? :)

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  3. Good luck with your Etsy shop!

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  4. Congrats and all the best with your Etsy shop :). Gorgeous pattern! Will purchase soon :).

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  5. Robin love the idea of using my iPad to design patterns. Have started a blog but don't know what app to use to get other items in my side bar etc. have had a look at your Etsy shop. Good luck

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