Here's where the dilemma (actually there's multiple dilemmas!) comes in:
1) Do I churn out things I can make easily and quickly or do what I really want to do and experiment with new designs and techniques? (which take more time and may go wrong!)
B) Do I make things I like or try other styles that may appeal to a broader cross-section of buyers? (I've stuck to the former so far, there's no joy in making stuff you're not keen on!)
C) Do I use the fabrics I like the most, or some that I want to get rid of? (I've stuck to the former on this too, for the same reason as above)
I'm sure most creative folk who try to sell their work face this dilemma, creativity versus economics I suppose. I know I'm only doing it on a tiny scale, but I'm feeling the dilemma because like a lot of us, my sewing time is limited to evenings and maybe an odd hour here and there during the week. I was up against today's deadline, but still veered towards trying something slightly different each time rather than turning out repeats. As a result, I managed to hand over 3 cushions, 2 door stops and a simple bag...(when I was aiming for 5 cushions, 3 doorstops, two bags, plus some little extras)
And that's before I get to my bee blocks, my list for family and friends (Susan, Matt, Nikki, Sian, Holly, Aunty Sue - I haven't forgotten!) and a project just for me, ALL of which I really want to get on with.
Hmmmm....for the moment I don't want to give up the selling, or compromise my creativity too much so I think I'm going to have to find some middle ground, like finding some easy makes and shortcuts that still allow me to add my creativity (for example, the handles on the doorstops below, much quicker than a stitched handle)
and maybe, just maybe, think about a teensy bit of childcare for Felix, so I can get one afternoon a week at the machine...
Phew, ramble over, I hope I haven't bored you... here are the results of this weeks stitching.
this project I saw over at Comfort Stitching. I used only scraps and was very strict with myself not to cut into any new fabric! I stitched all the pieces in place with meandering straightline pattern, which I loved when I looked at the back, might have to make a cushion front like that one day.
This next cushion was inspired by this picture which I found in my Flickr favourites, it goes to show my stash is weighted towards green and turquiose fabrics because I didn't have to repeat any fabric twice - wish all the colours of the rainbow were that well represented in my fabric collection :)
This next one is appliqued, and features this month's favourite fabric, Ruby Star Rising (thing I might be Ruby Star addicted, need to find a new crush)