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Hand Made Etsy Products

Now that I have retired from the world of work, I have become more involved in production weaving. I am also now teaching workshops on a one-to-one basis. Here are some Links to my hand made products on Etsy and workshops that I offer.

Sami Reindeer Leather Braceleets
Sami Reindeer Leather Bracelets

Hand sewn reindeer leather and pewter thread bracelets, made in the Sami tradition.

Reindeer Leather Medicine Bags
Reindeer Leather Medicine Bags

Sami style medicine bags made with reindeer leather, wool felt and decorated with pewter thread embroidery.

Reindeer Leather Keyrings
Reindeer Leather Keyrings

Keychains made with reindeer leather, wool felt and embroidered with pewter thread.

Handwoven Key Fob Wrist Bands
Handwoven Key Fob Wrist Bands

Key fob wristlets hand woven in traditional Sami patterns made with wool and trimmed with reindeer leather.

Hand Woven Wool Throws
Hand Woven Wool Throws

Hand woven wool throws made with hand spun and dyed yarns.

Custom Hand Woven Tea Towels
Custom Hand Woven Tea Towels

Hand woven tea towels using organic cotton yarns.

Rustic Hand Woven Table Runners
Rustic Hand Woven Table Runners

Hand woven table mats and runners made with hand spun wool and linen yarns.

Custom Woven Ribbon
Custom Woven Ribbon

Ribbon, tape, sashes woven on a traditional Scandinavian band loom.

Rainbow Crewel Yarns
Rainbow Crewel Yarns

Hand dyed rainbow coloured yarns in different weights (lace weight, fingering, DK) for crewel work, knitting, crochet, embroidery, tapestry.

Hand Spun Saori Weaving Art Yarn
Hand Spun Saori Art Yarn

Hand spun thick and thin merino wool yarns perfect for knitting or woven Saori style fabrics.

Needle Felted Gnome
Needle Felted Gnome

Traditional Scandinavian needle felted gnomes, tonte, tonttu.

Sun Moon Diary
Sun Moon Diary

Hand felted wool diary and notebook covers decorated with Sami rock art designs.

Hand Woven Linen Sauna Towels
Hand Woven Linen Sauna Towels

Pure natural linen sauna bath towels.
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Workshops

Sami Band Weaving Workshops
Sami Band Weaving Workshops

Sami pickup band weaving workshops.

Spinning Soya Milk
Beginner Hand Spinning Workshops

Hand spinning workshop for beginners and intermediate spinners.

Rigid Heddle Weaving Workshops
Rigid Heddle Weaving Workshops

Learn to warp and weave on a rigid heddle loom.

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop
50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop

Beginner dye workshops on how to mix dyes to create colour.

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Handmade Adjustable Floor Rag Rug Twining Loom 48" x 27.5"

$100.00
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Kromski Rigid Heddle Loom 24 Inch

$325.00
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Vintage Little Loomhouse 4 Harness Weaving Loom & 4 Treadle Table Stand BIN

$245.00
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Etsy

I have recently become more active in promoting my hand crafted products and am using the online shops of Etsy and Folksy.

I have had Etsy and Folksy shops for some time now, but didn’t have a lot of products displayed on them, partly because I have also been working at a ‘real job’ so haven’t had a lot of time to devote to crafting. And also I didn’t realize that the number of items listed in your shop affects how many visitors you get.

I thought I would do a bit of research on how to succeed with Etsy/Folksy so did some reading. The advice that most sellers tell you is that you need to have a full shop. When you think about it, no one likes to go to a store where the shelves are empty. You turn around and walk back out rather than staying to browse.

The same principle applies to online shopping.  So how many items do you need to set up a successful Etsy shop? The magic number from what I have analyzed is about 100 items.  Activity starts to pick up at around 50 items.

For some time I had around 20-30 items listed in my shops, and had steady trickles of sales. Once I realized that more product is needed, I got busy and bumped up my work to about 50. I quickly noticed that I was getting more visitors, more enquiries and more sales. I am working my way up to the 100 item goal now.

The other important point is to not spread your products over too many categories until you have enough of each type of item to do so. When you set up your listings and organize them into Sections (Etsy)  or Collections (Folksy) try to have enough items to fill up the page. If you haven’t yet made enough products then combine items into related Sections until you create more products.

Take good quality photos and size them correctly. Take photos in natural light or near a window. Take more than one photo of your product from different angles so that visitors can get a good idea of what you are selling.

The recommended pixel size for images for Etsy is 800 – 1000 pixels wide. Try to make the first image in your listing square, so that it displays correctly in thumbnails and your product doesn’t get cropped. The recommended image size changes from time to time, so please check the current guidelines.

Craft Business Books

The Handmade Marketplace, 2nd Edition: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online

Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business

Art Money & Success: A complete and easy-to-follow system for the artist who wasn’t born with a business mind. Learn how to find buyers, get paid … nicely, deal with copycats and sell more art.

Art Money & Success: A complete and easy-to-follow system for the artist who wasn’t born with a business mind. Learn how to find buyers, get paid … nicely, deal with copycats and sell more art.

Sewing to Sell – The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Craft Business: Bonus – 16 Starter Projects • How to Sell Locally & Online

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Crafts online

I have been selling my handwoven items for some time now online. I have a website where I display some of my products and this continues to be an effective method of selling for me.

I realize that as crafters/weavers/handspinners, many of us are looking for alternate ways to sell our work, in addition to selling at craft fairs. The internet is a good way to do this and recently there have become more avenues to promote your work. Here are a few things that I have discovered.

Website

Firstly, start with a good website that is hosted on a reliable server. Purchase your own domain name. The cost of domain registration has come down in price so that it can be quite affordable.
Build a good quality website. Have a clear, easy to navigate menu system so that users can find their way around your website. Use good quality photos of your work.
Set up a Paypal account so that it is easy for the user to order your items and to pay you. Note that Paypal has a standard return policy so allow for this. I make it a rule not to spend my Paypal earnings until I am sure that the customer is satisfied and isn’t going to return the item.

hand spun yarn

In order for your website to be found, make the website search engine friendly. Use appropriate keywords on each page that describe what the page is about. If you are featuring knitted socks, then use keywords that describe the socks: knit socks, hand knit socks, knitted socks, wool socks, etc.
Also use text to describe the socks, what they are made of, what makes them special.
Use “alt” tags on all images so that search engines can understand what your image is. This will make the images more search engine friendly and will allow them to show up on Google image listings.

Also to help your website get noticed and show up in Google it is a good idea to also promote your work on other websites.

Facebook
Facebook now has an option to set up a Page for your business. You will first need to set up a personal Facebook account. Once you do this there will be an option to Create Page.
As an example, I have set up a Facebook Page for my Paivatar Yarn business. I use this to showcase my products and what I am making. I post photos of my work as I dye yarns, card, spin, felt and whatever I happen to be working on.
I also post links to the other website sales outlets that I use – Folksy and Etsy.
Once you have your Facebook Page set up there is an option to link it to your Twitter account, so that when you add a post to your FB Page, a Twitter is sent automatically to your Twitter followers.

Etsy

Etsy.com is an online marketplace where crafters can post their items for sale. Etsy charges a fee of $.20 per item and the item is listed for 4 months. If you have a successful sale Etsy charges an additional fee of 3.5% of the sale price.
If you join Etsy it is helpful to also become part of a team that can support you and help to promote your products. In return you are expected to also help other team members. Find out what the team rules are and follow them.
Paivatar Yarns on Etsy
I have some of my work listed on Etsy.

Folksy
Folksy.com is similar to Etsy but is the UK version. In order to take part you have to be a crafts person who is living in the UK.
Paivatar on Folksy
Since I now live in the UK I am concentrating more of my efforts on the UK version of Etsy – supporting local crafts.
Folksy fees are slightly higher – they charge £.20 to list an item and a 6% fee on a successful sale. However they have an annual payment option of £30 per year, for unlimited number of items. Depending on what type of crafts you produce, this could be a money saving option.
Folksy also has a member forum. I have found them to be very friendly and helpful in supporting each other. So be sure to get involved.

When you post your craft items on these or similar websites, be aware that there is a lot of competition as many crafters are actively involved. In order to be effective it is best to post a new item each day or every few days as new items are added on a continual basis.

The more exposure that you are able to get for your website, the more successful you will be. There are some other avenues to help you to achieve this.

Pinterest
Pinterest.com is an online bulletin board that allows you to ‘Pin’ anything that is of interest to you. It is much like a giant scrapbook or a pin board where you can add your pictures. When Pinterest first started you had to be invited to join. Recently they have opened it up so that anyone can now become a member and start pinning.
When you come across a photo or image online that you like, you can ‘Pin’ it to add to your own Pin Board. The image appears on your Board with a direct link back to the original website. Other Pinterest members can view your boards and if they also like the item they can ‘repin’ it to their own board. The photo link goes back to the original owner’s website.
Allfiberarts on Pinterest
I have a Pinterest account where I pin photos of things that I have liked and also use it to list some of my own work as well. I browse through other members listings and repin or Follow ones that I find interesting.

Twitter
I am sure that everyone has heard of Twitter. The idea is that you can send short Tweets to your friends – about your latest thoughts, ideas or cool things you have come across.
I must admit I haven’t quite mastered the art of tweeting and twittering so I let software tools do it for me. For example, when I post a new article to this All Fiber Arts website, the WordPress software that I use, automatically sends it to my Twitter account to forward it on to my Twitter subscribers.
My Facebook Page has the same feature turned on, so when I post to FB, it tweets it on for me.

Craftjuice
Craftjuice.com is an interesting website that I discovered recently. It is designed to promote handmade crafts. The Crafts are divided into several categories.
General crafts, Paper crafts, Beads, Pottery, Fabric, Knitting, Crochet, Metalwork.
You have to complete an application form with links to your website and products that you have for sale. It can take a few days to get accepted.
Once you have been accepted complete a short Profile page. To add a new craft item, Click on Submit a New Craft Item.
Provide a url link to your website, or to Etsy, Folksy or wherever you have this product listed for sale.
Add a photo and a short description of the item.
When you have submitted this, the item will appear in the Upcoming Crafts section of the website.
Craftjuice members are allowed to vote on the items. Once you have 5 votes, the item moves into the Popular Items section of the website.
The item then is also tweeted to Craftjuice Twitter subscribers. And Craftjuice sends out a monthly newsletter to its subscribers listing items with the top votes. Craftjuice currently has over 8000 followers so it’s a great promotional tool!

Please be sure to acknowledge others work and if you like it, Like it, Share it, Vote for it, Pin it. Pass the good karma on.
If you know of other good websites for selling or promoting crafts, please let us know by posting a Comment below.

Craft Business Books

The Handmade Marketplace, 2nd Edition: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online

Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business

Art Money & Success: A complete and easy-to-follow system for the artist who wasn’t born with a business mind. Learn how to find buyers, get paid … nicely, deal with copycats and sell more art.

Art Money & Success: A complete and easy-to-follow system for the artist who wasn’t born with a business mind. Learn how to find buyers, get paid … nicely, deal with copycats and sell more art.

Sewing to Sell – The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Craft Business: Bonus – 16 Starter Projects • How to Sell Locally & Online

Handmade Adjustable Floor Rag Rug Twining Loom 48" x 27.5"

$100.00
End Date: Monday Dec-2-2019 4:30:45 PST
Buy It Now for only: $100.00
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Kromski Rigid Heddle Loom 24 Inch

$325.00
End Date: Tuesday Dec-17-2019 6:40:13 PST
Buy It Now for only: $325.00
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Vintage Little Loomhouse 4 Harness Weaving Loom & 4 Treadle Table Stand BIN

$245.00
End Date: Monday Dec-9-2019 17:36:28 PST
Buy It Now for only: $245.00
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