Social Media – Friend or Foe?

Trying to build a small business is tough, and the added pressures of trying to keep up with the myriad of Social Media forums is time-consuming.

Facebook and Instagram are great for connecting with my customers and keeping them up to date with what I am doing and what crafts I am ferreting about with – this changes throughout the year!. I also love the interaction and getting comments back, I love to see alternatives to a product or craft be it felting, stamping, sewing – any craft will do.

So why is social media sometimes a FRIEND and sometimes a FOE?. Both these platforms use algorithms to get your post to your audience and sometimes it can work against you.

Quite often when I am writing a post it is really just a friendly ‘this is what I am up to’ – it is not a sales pitch to encourage people to buy something – as this is not something that comes naturally to me.

There are some proposed changes coming out to Facebook and Instagram so I apologise in advance if you see less or even more of me over the next few months going forward but if there are topics you would like me to write on – let me know…..

Wet Felt – what’s that?

Most of the time I needle felt but last year in a moment of bravery I signed up for a City & Guilds in felting. The course is focused on techniques and predominately Wet Felting.

Last week during a regular work meeting the conversation drifted to what people did for a hobby. I mentioned that I liked to needle felt and also wet felt. A quizzical expression appeared on the others persons face and then asked ‘what’s wet felting’, to which I replied felting with water to shape and design a picture or object, the expression turned to one of ‘ I think I will leave this conversation now’.

I assumed it to be a perfectly adequate answer, when we have a hobby we expect other people to know the terminology or have difficulty in explaining how something is done and still hold their attention.

So the next time somebody asks you about your hobby take some time to give a full explanation and spread the word.

Endangered Crafts

Should we try something new?

The endangered crafts list has just been published for the 3rd year and there are new entries for 2019 of crafts that are in decline or very few people practising as a full time job. I would grab a coffee and find 10 minutes to read through the list of crafts that you never knew existed and dismay at the variety of skills and cultures are soon to lost if people do not take up the challenge to make something new .

There are a few on the list that caught my eye, Lacrosse Stick Making – I played this at school a long time ago and I am sure I still have some of the bruises.

A ‘Devon Maud’ not a lady from Devon but a basket, I had to look this on up on the interweb thing. This is a basket dating back to c1500 used in in markets for carrying produce.

Spinning Wheels

The top 2 crafts remain knitting and crocheting ( I cannot do either justice) and yet there is a decline of skilled craftspeople who can make a spinning wheel.

Spinning wheels first appeared in India as early as 500 AD but now it is down to a handful of people keeping the skill alive, I still have a vision of Rumpelstiltskin and the spinning wheel…

A New Skill

So if I was going to pick something from the list – not that I have any spare time to do so, then it would have to be……….Smocking!. The time consuming but relaxing embroidery that for those old enough to remember had on their best dress or top. This craft is no longer taught at the Royal School of Needlework and yet has a place in history and could be so versatile when incorporated with other crafts. What would you choose?