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Needlepoint/Cross stitch, anybody?
« on: March 02, 2015, 06:51:45 AM »
I found an old needlepoint kit in a drawer a couple of weeks ago and it's got me hooked again. So, I was thinking about ways I could earn money doing this and wondered if you guys had any advice, links, or just if it's something you're interested in!

The first idea I had was selling cross stitch patterns on Etsy. You can sell digital downloads easily enough and there are programs which you can use to create a pattern really easily. If you're looking for a program, KG chart is free for patterns under 100 stitches square, and there's also PC Stitch which has a free version you can try out (which doesn't save or print). The big issue, like selling anything on Etsy, is marketing. How to drive people to your shop?

I was also wondering if there's a market for stitching things for other people. If people had half-finished kits they want finishing off. I wonder how you'd go about finding customers for that kind of service. The obvious place would be internet communities, like Craftster, but people who are members probably finish off their own stuff.

Anyway - is anybody interested in this type of thing? Anybody earn any money from it? Any tips?

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Re: Needlepoint/Cross stitch, anybody?
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2015, 08:09:56 AM »
I do plastic canvas and tried selling it on Etsy but I didn't sell anything. I'm not sure why but it just didn't work for me.

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Re: Needlepoint/Cross stitch, anybody?
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2015, 09:02:48 AM »
There are a couple important things you can do to drive business to an Etsy shop. 

The first is getting a handle on SEO.  You need to word and tag your listings just right for the people who are searching for your product to find YOU.  There is so much to learn about that alone, you could make a full time job of it.  I have only seen the tip of the iceberg with this one, myself.

The other thing I strongly recommend is joining an Etsy team or two.  The teams you choose need to be a good fit for you.  Etsy is a huge marketplace, but it's also a community.  Joining a team creates a smaller circle of influence, and it's been reported that many times sales occur between team members.  You're looking for a hand painted vase, so naturally you look at your team members' shops first - and the same is true when your team members are looking for what you provide.  This is why it's so important to choose an appropriate team.  A slick, lots-of-treasuries type team may look appealing, but when everyone is so busy self-promoting, they may not be your best bet long term.

As for your specific shop idea, I could see it running well on a "Customs" basis.  For example, I'm really into fancy goldfish.  I have specifically looked for counted cross stitch patterns online, but there are few options that I like.  People looking for very specific things may be interested in commissioning you to do a custom pattern, perhaps even from a photograph they have. 

Good luck and have fun if you decide to go ahead with it!

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Re: Needlepoint/Cross stitch, anybody?
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2015, 11:09:40 AM »
I had some good luck selling some beads I made on Etsy, so I think it all depends on what you are selling and what the demand is for those items. You have to be really active in your shop and get to know the community so you get more people looking at your items. The more items you have for sale, the more people are going to be prompted to go look around in your shop, so make sure it is packed with lots of good products at many different price points.


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