Sunday, 26 October 2014

I am learning

True to Ruth Mallon's comments on my last post, I learned a lot from all the frustration on the last puppet.  Yes, you can infer from that comment that I have finished puppet one. 👏 (cheering madly)  

I would love to share it with you guys but as it's a commission I will have to hold off until all four are done and they go off to their new home.  I am happy with it though and am half way through puppet two, which is probably going to prove to be the easiest of the four.

Apart from learning how to make a pattern and some construction tips this process has also taught me  that the creative design process actually takes a lot longer than I thought. Which all means I am definitely undercharging on my self designed items.  I did suspect this, but hadn't paid much attention to it before. Not very professional but then I do this because I enjoy it.  I also don't think people would pay the full cost if I did charge it.  How do you work your prices out? I would be interested in your thoughts and advice.

And just because I like to have at least one picture in a post, here is a little felt owl from a kit on Simply Homemade magazine (he is called Pikelet) alongside a couple of fish made for a Feeding of the 5000 puppet sketch.


I'm off to join up with http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/handmade-monday-191.html


6 comments:

  1. Oh yes, the creative process can take all sorts of twists and turns that you are never expecting which all makes everything take longer than planned - all worth it in the end though!

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  2. Even when I'm designing a simple card, it's amazing how long it takes! Your owl looks so cute! Xx

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  3. Pricing is such a difficult issue you have to balance what it costs to make and what people will pay for an item - certainly I can't add the cost of my time on my stuff because then they'd be far too expensive - anyone want to pay £10 for a card? (definitely not). I'm hoping I've got the balance right for all my new blooms and bows products (but it's already had a few adjustments and there may be more!) Good luck with the rest of your puppets.

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