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Thursday, March 1, 2012

I have been browsing....

I have spent the last several days wandering through the etsy site looking at the types of items that are for sale in the tatted category. I have been trying to get an idea of what sorts of things might sale and for how much. Most of the patterns I found available for sale seem to be things that were quickly and easily done. Earrings, necklaces and hair pieces seem to be the most popular items available for sale. I found items with beads were the ones most often done. I am wondering if doing something a little different yet along those lines might just help me stand out from the crowd and help my items sell a bit better. Granted I may do some bookmarks as well but I am leaning towards flowers and coin necklaces. I have been looking through many of my patterns to find just the right pieces to tat up for the shop. Before I can open shop, I will need to have an inventory of items prepared for shipping.  I see a lot of black and ecru jewelry out there for sale. I just wonder how well colors would go over. I believe that next year I will also offer tatted eggs for sale as well. Whenever I have given them away, people have been quite impressed. 

Today my quest begins to find ideas that will help me to stand out from the crowd. It is a very good thing that I have a wide variety of patterns in my library to choose from. For example, I have several Japanese pattern books that will be good starts for the sort of items that I have in mind. Many have small motifs that will adapt themselves well to what I have in mind. 

This tape lace that I found in the book; "Tatting Lace" by Yasashiku was very easy to work up. I believe it would make a good necklace, coin bag or bracelet.

This is tatted with Lizbeth size 20 thread called "Falling Leaves". I played with the tea rose in this thread but it was just a little too big to fit in with the roses I have already done. So this is relegated to larger projects or just playing around learning stitches. I often find myself drawn to anything size 30 or smaller. I don't do well, however, with anything smaller than size 100. 

I am wondering if people would be interested in beaded fobs as well. I have made two or three for use on my small hooks and they help me keep track of the small hooks and fit well into my traveling kits.

This is what I have on my hook but I would consider making others if people are interested in them as well as the tatting. I believe that I will just have to learn to tat with beads in addition to all of these new tatting techniques that I will be working on in the coming weeks.

So it is off to play with different patterns to see what would look the best and might work in a shop. Lots of inspiration but where to start is the question.

Happy tatting
Arial - Tatting Faerie