low-risk labels

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Well, well, well. A restful week this has not been. Ever since I picked them up from the cattery on Sunday one or other of the Ps has been vomiting or having diarrhoea. The mop and bucket have been my constant companions — and we have observed that the hour between 3 and 4 a.m. is a particularly busy one. It’s all the same to the Ps, of course, who catch up on their sleep during the day. Fortunately the suffering of all seems to be diminishing and both invalids are now managing to process their food appropriately, although it has to be served in small amounts at frequent intervals. I am starey-eyed and incoherent but can still find my way to the fridge, which is the main thing as far as the patients are concerned.

In this state I probably shouldn’t be either weaving, lest I make horrendous mistakes, or blogging, lest I say something so stupid that I cause an international incident or a terrorist alert. So call me a crazy dare-devil if you must, but I am plodding on regardless.

Sewing on labels would seem to be a relatively low-risk activity, so I have been trying out these new ones. Still just a standard model, but I wanted to add the Bonny Claith name to them.

At the moment the bonnyclaith URL simply redirects to this one, but my intention in registering it was to make it (eventually) an online shop with its own distinct identity. However, I am not in any special hurry to do this.

I must admit that I am not very comfortable with Etsy and have left my wee shop there unstocked since last autumn. My problem is basically that the range of goods is extremely wide and the quality varies enormously. I am not sure that their boundaries are very well policed, so, although there are some really lovely and well-made things there, the site as a whole doesn’t make me feel glad to be a part of it. I’m told that the UK equivalent, folksy, is better managed and I know some local designers who have used it very effectively. But, honestly, folksy, what a name! It says everything about craft that I don’t like – if I thought my weaving was folksy I would run screaming from the studio. Yes, of course, I am over-reacting, and it’s only a name, but it makes me shudder.

Anyway, did I mention I was a bit incoherent? I didn’t mean to rant about online shopping platforms, or even mention them. I was just saying that I am getting ready for the Open Studios with a bit of labelling. That’s all.

low-risk labels” was posted by Cally on 5 July 2012 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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9 Responses

  1. Dorothy Stewart
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    The labelling thing is the bit I don’t like ! I don’t do well with a needle and thread under any circumstances !
    I agree about Etsy and Folksy though, I looked at them but in the end decided to do my own thing although I’m not sure how successful it will be. Keep thinking that people like to touch and feel scarves and things !

    I love the scarves though in your pictures, the colours are beautiful.

    Dorothy

  2. Desirée
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    I still haven’t found any nice looking labels. Or perhaps I’m a little vane and think that everyone will know anyway? And Hemvävt is actually taken. Hm, I’m ranting. To much sun, and wet paint today.

  3. Cally
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    Let’s all have a rant together, Desirée, that’d be fine by me!

    Dorothy, I agree – there’s no substitute for handling textiles. Need another technological leap forward if we’re going to manage that online…

  4. Meg in Nelson
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    The very short-lived local craft site, hosted by a women about 20 min from my house, was called something like PJs, Jammies or Cardigan – can’t remember which. I liked the name, but I wasn’t sure if it was for me. Just as well I never got around to it – still haven’t! The slightly more successful one has been Felt.co.nz, but they have a slightly different feel to the stuff I make… Mumble, mumble…

  5. neki rivera
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    labels look fine to me simple uncluttered and i like the typeset. let’s not get into etsy, one of my pet peeves.

  6. Trapunto
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    I’ve found Etsy a superior alternative to ebay when I require some specific vintage this or that, but as you say, craft is more of a mixed bag. I like it that although Etsy sellers may be wooly-headed (very odd mistakes made more than once) but they tend to be well, nicer. Easier to deal with. Pleasant. Know what they’re selling. I resist the sexist temptation to say that this is because they tend to be arty ladies who appreciate old and pretty things, but . . . yeah. Haven’t looked around there as much lately, though. It *feels* like it used to be better, but then I am always saying that. Perhaps I’m correct in this case, though, if serious craftspeople like you are starting to look around and jump ship…

    Der Mann recently told me about regretsy.com. Have you seen it? Mean, but it had to happen; too ripe for satire!

    (If you had posted while the kitties were still suffering from their complaint, I’d have recommended it as the perfect way to entertain yourself between middle-of-the-night mop sessions. You poor dear!)

    Folksy. Cringe.

    • Cally
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      I love regretsy! I have a friend who posts links to some hilarious objects — I suspect he spends a very long time browsing for the choicest items! The Ps have suffered a relapse, so I may well adopt your suggestion and spend quite a bit of time there myself…

  7. Dot
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    I have made purchases via Etsy but never bother with carrying out searches on Etsy, I access it via the shop owners links from website or blog or Ravelry. I don’t know how the commission paid varies from a website (with or without shopping cart system) set up with PayPal buttons for purchase?

    • Cally
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      With Etsy you pay both an Etsy fee and a PayPal fee, but the Etsy fees are very modest. I’m sure if you only used Etsy then it would be cheaper than hosting your own website. But if you’re hosting a site anyway, I am not sure how the add-on cost of using PayPal compares with the cost of using it through Etsy. I suppose I had assumed it would be about the same, but may well be wrong on that if, for instance, Etsy users are benefiting from a block deal negotiated with PayPal on their behalf.

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