Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Working Through My Stash

Patchwork coastersI'm busily preparing for my first ever craft fair at the moment & haven't got much time for blogging - but this place is seriously in need of an update! I'm trying hard to make use of the fabrics in my stash to create lots of loveliness to wow the public with (ha ha), and these coasters are one of the things I've come up with. I bought a charm pack of the Rouenneries collection from French General quite a while ago now - I was totally seduced by all those beautiful reds and faded creams and browns - it's a gorgeous collection. I wondered about making a bag or two, using the squares in decorative strips (an idea I'm definitely going to use at some point), but time being rather limited, I decided to do something a little more straightforward.

These coasters were huge fun to make, so much so that I'm just completing some more using Amy Butler fabrics. What worries me about them is whether people buy coasters any more, and what on earth to charge for them! They take a fair bit of time to make, and I have a feeling that if I charge a realistic price for them no one will be interested. But that's so often the trouble with handmade. Ho hum - I guess all I can do is give it a go.

11 comments:

lisa said...

they are really lovely. I get what you mean about what to realistically charge for things, it is difficult, go with your gut feeling! good luck with the craft fair!

Renee' said...

Lisa is right, they are lovely, The colors are GREAT!

FairlyGirly said...

The colours are great and I do think people still use coasters. As for the price, perhaps a discount for the more you buy!

pennydog said...

I manage to sell my expensive coasters so people do still buy them :)

Craft Matters said...

Thanks everyone. Pennydog that's so encouraging...

Karumen said...

wow these r vy lovely! i think this pattern actually would look good not just on coasters, but also as tissue packs or small coin purse :)

gtlady said...

They are gorgeous, as always, love your fabrics and how you put them together and yes, people do still use coasters!

Georgina said...

I have found that price makes little difference - if people want them they will pay so charge what you feel is the reward you desire - if it's a slow day you can't give things away!! The main thing is to plough on and not be discouraged!!

PepperPi said...

I've given you the "I love your blog" award :) When you have the time you can collect if here: http://pepperpi.blogspot.com/2010/04/lovely-surprise.html

All the best,
Clair x

Raggy said...

What superb coasters, just love the colours and designs of the fabric.
Good luck for the future.
Sandie at Rag Rescue

Craft Matters said...

Thank you Sandie - in the end I kept them because I couldn't bear to part with them...

I am a huge fan of Rag Rescue so I'm delighted you popped round. :)