It's a tender balance to run an online shop while also making artwork and I think I'm getting into the swing of it. What I mean is this: how to feel OK about making art while orders arrive. For many months, I was experiencing anxiety over filling orders v. making art. Wanting to get the products measured, packed, weighed and shipped while also feeling a little stressed about needed to fill my own cup.
Now, 8 months since opening Hank & Spool online, I think I'm getting into a good grove.
The answer is to allow for art making first then fill the orders. And it's working. I have participated in online discussions and seminars with other artist-entrepenuers who have struggled with balancing art making v. selling online v. life. It boils down to shipping goods once a week. I am doing it twice weekly because I don't have the heart to let orders pile up.
And I'm eating better and working out again.
Now...back in stitching saddle I say! I've not done much hand stitching since September when I was in Scotland attending Sandra Brownlee's workshop. When I returned home, I hit the ground running and had eco printed fine wool gauze scarves for my shop and for a local art gallery. That was a good thing because all the scarves sold out and I had some Christmas money.
Now, it's time to get back into my head and do some spontaneous hand stitching.
I am using more than one color for the first time. If you've followed my work, you'll know that I began my stitched work using red embroidery floss and a few other colors, but mostly red, then fell in love with the #5 undyed silk/cotton thread from Beautiful Silks when India Flint gave me a handful of this divine thread when I met her in 2009. And now I sell it!
I've not jumped ship, but I am expanding my ideas about using color, probably because I am drawn to these bright little gems.
These fine little colored cocoons are adorable and a bit expensive, but oh my... I want to make some colored work.
The bits of color in my hand stitching (above) are from this box. Hard to see, I know, but it's in there.