Friday, July 29, 2011
New Product Line
My Daughter brought her camera over and we played a bit with it. First I made little nests with it, but that made it look a little fragile and we weren't sure how that would ship. Then, I rope braided it and made a wreath of it. That was better but not great! Of course I don't have those photos to show you since they are in her camera! We decided to call it a day, and on a whim she left her camera here at the house.
I got to thinking about how I was going to package this Top! I did a search on Etsy, and found that almost everyone does a braid, which for hand combed Top is just not the right presentation. Machine combed Top is very dense, almost rope like, and hand combed Top is as light as a feather and very soft. I also noticed that anything that wasn't a braid caught my eye!
Then I remembered that I had bought some roving a couple of years ago that was simply wrapped around a core of brown wrapping paper. I have plenty of that, so I made my core and began to wrap. I tried to wrap evenly up and down the core, until I ran out. The end product, you see here, I believe is a winner! I snapped some pictures with her camera and took it all over to my daughters house to get her opinion. She loved it! (These pictures I took with my camera so they are not the final views.)
I will need a new lable, a little longer and a little wider than the usual one. I also think I will try and see what a 2 ounce package would look like. I can fill a normal size bobbin with 2 ounces, and when plied together the 4 ounce skein would fill a jumbo bobbin!
There is still some work to do on this product line, I may offer "Clean Locks" at one price, and the "Combed Top" at a different price. That would leave the "waste" wool to sell for felting, or stuffing. Nothing goes to waste!
This is a bit of a trial run to see how I might be able to sell some of the 15 clean fleeces I have in the studio. I will spin some myself, but really there is not enought time in the day to spin all 15!
Until next time, Happy Creating, Tina