This month you’ll find Little Wren Pottery yarn bowls in the knit.wear! It’s an international magazine published quarterly by Interweave Press. You’ll find Little Wren Pottery in the Spring/Summer edition on page 4.
Lately I’ve been getting a lot of emails from customers asking about packaging. To send pottery through the post does take a lot of careful packing so that it’ll arrive with you successfully.
I send out the majority of my work in double thickness cardboard boxes. These are pretty sturdy and thick boxes partially made from recycled cardboard pulp. You can in most areas recycle brown cardboard no problem in your recycling bin.
My first market of the year is coming up in a couple of weeks. The Made by Mummy Markets Spring Time Market is happening next weekend! It’s a two day event at Thief Hall which is just outside of Northallerton at Thornton-le-Moor. It’s a great hall with some fantastic countryside views!
I don’t often discontinue items in my Made to Order range but I’m currently having a sale to do just that. Over the next couple of months I’ll be working on some new Yarn Bowl styles to add into the shop. There’ll be two new ones hopefully! In the meantime while I’m working on them I’m selling off the small amount of stock I have to make way for these new styles.
It’s been such a long time since I last posted! Christmas is a time of year when the shop gets extra traffic. Increased sales reveal things about your online shop you’d never thought about before. People both new and repeat customers ask questions and look at your shop with fresh eyes and suggest changes. I usually always update the regular ‘Made to order’ listings every year.
I wanted to put out an update for the completion times of items before Christmas – particularly yarn bowls. Dinner set orders and sets of multiple items have now closed, it gets harder to complete them the closer we get to December.
This year I got to create the Hambleton Sports Awards. The awards are given to both teams and individuals who are involved in local sports throughout the county. Working together with the event organizer Clare we created this unique design. The idea was to create something that had a more traditional ‘award’ look with their fluted shape. These would also make great vases just because of how tall they are.
I hadn’t done any sewing for a while and I needed a gift. I also had some fabric that’d been sitting in the stash for a while. It was the perfect storm for a new project! So here we are, I’m not the most experienced at sewing. I tend to pick beginner patterns, ideally anything that’s super easy or 1 hour. That doesn’t mean I actually find it easy! These 1 hour patterns don’t actually include all the time you spend prepping the fabric prior to sewing.
2015 has been another huge year for Little Wren Pottery and while every year is important it’s fascinating how much of a difference a year makes! I’ve been so busy in the lead up to the Christmas season which really started to ‘snowball’ in mid November leading to the early closure of made to order items.
Small businesses like mine really rely on the support and daily assistance of other people. It’s so easy when your making to get lost in the process and have very little time to stop and take stock.