I don't have much mew fabric news but I do have several housekeeping items that I need to take care of.
Price Changes: I started my hand dyed fabric business in 2009 and it has turned into something I love and that still challenges me every day. It's also been almost 5 years at the same prices. You buy fabric and groceries so you know that everything is more expensive now than it was 5 years ago. It's finally caught up with me and I'm going to have to raise some of my prices.
I wanted to give you plenty of notice so you could get any of the Stash Packs that you want before the prices go up. There will not be any more price increases this year, I promise!
International Shipping: International shipping is outrageously expensive. I ship everything by USPS Priority Mail so that shipments can be tracked. For international packages that's over $23. Going forward for international orders you can request that I ship by the least expensive method. The shop basket will still charge $23 but I will refund you any difference from the actual cost of shipping. The shop card doesn't have the capability to calculate shipping based on weight so I have to do it with a refund.
Black: This black is eventually going to be out of stock forever. The dye houses are no longer able to get this black dye and I'm nearing the end of my supply. I am working to develop my own black recipe and will have that ready in the next couple of months. But if you like this black you will want to start buying it because when it's gone it will be gone forever.
New Shade Pack: Periwinkle! This is a new color that I recently developed for a customer and I love it. I know that purple doesn't always show correctly on the screen so I'll tell you that thsi fabric is truly violet-blue and the palest shades are very Periwinkle.
Local Richmond Class, Selling Online: CultureWorks is a local Richmond organization that promotes and supports arts and culture in our area. I discovered them when I was buying some art from the President, John Bryan. They have asked me to develop a series of classes for local artists and crafters to help them start selling online. The first of these is a 2-hour mini-seminar. If you live in the Richmond, VA area or know someone in the area who might be interested here's the info:
10 Things You Need To Know To Sell Your Arts and Crafts Online
A 2-Hour Learning Session with Vicki Welsh - Provided by CultureWorks
$10 Fee – Limited to 25 Participants – Register with Leslie Huffman, firstname.lastname@example.org
10 a.m. until Noon, Saturday, March 15, Richmond Triangle Players, 1300 Altamont Avenue, Richmond, VA
In November 2013 Esty sellers sold over $147 million dollars of goods. There are millions of people offering handmade items on Etsy and other online sales venues. But most aren’t prepared for the unique challenges of selling online. Vicki Welsh has been a successful Etsy seller since 2009 meeting her 5-years sales goal in 3 years. In this 2-hour overview class she will share information that will help you build a successful online business. Participants are invited to bring a sample of what they want to sell.