Friday, January 5, 2018

Still moving along...

Serger ordered! I decided on the good one, since I will be going into commercial production. This baby is on it's way to me along with all the needed accessories.

I'm working on the business aspects and new logo for the Thistle Rose Gypsy shop which will be an Internet presence to start.  I will be working on designing and making gypsy/boho inspired clothing, with some prairie touches, maybe some early American and other re-enactment touches from my costuming past. In the future, I may even add cosplay and costuming!  Accessories and even some wall hangings may be included.  I'm currently looking for wholesale fabric suppliers (while I wait for my resale cert) and think there are even some quite close to me.

Then, phase 2, which will be a store front to include my sewn, knit, crochet, macrame, and woven creations along with a yarn shop. Also, some of my watercolors and cards. My vision of the shop will be about 75% yarn shop and 25% boutique, with about 30% of the yarn shop a place for the local fiber arts guilds to come and relax with their work. We have a few in town that I know of and I am sure more folks would love to join in. I would like it to be a very casual atmosphere with no pressures - just come and work on whatever you have to work on.  I will also offer free advice and help - with my limited knowledge.  One feature will be an area where folks can sell their own creations in the shop on consignment if they would like.   The theme and decor will be gypsy/boho inspired.

One of the reasons for this venture is for the business experience Ash would like to gain. She is learning first hand how to open and run a business, and will be helping with her expertise in costuming (she knows about characters and continuity) and cosplay, modeling creations (dang child is only about an inch shorter than I am now, and I am not short!), and eventually working in the shop itself to gain work experience for her resume. Homeschooling allows us to incorporate this hands-on experience so easily.

And, no, this isn't a whim. I've actually had this in mind for the past 20 years. My aunt Vivian, rest her soul, had a yarn shop (Viv's Yarn) in Hayward, California and I remember it well. Though, mine won't be patterned after hers, it will be a simple, hometown shop.