Wednesday, February 3, 2010

ANOTHER new hobby.....

So much has happened since I last posted.  First a sincere thank you to all who left comments and sent emails about my father-in-law.
I was asked to give a program last weekend for a group of quilters in Columbia, SC.  It was the perfect opportunity to introduce my new business, Shakerwood Woolens. I finally decided to start selling my hand-dyed wool. I took all the wool I had dyed up to that point just to show them what I had been doing.  They bought half of it!  I was really surprised.  I still have some of the business plan to work out but I am on my way.  I am going to sell mostly through being a vendor at quilt shows and retreats. I am going to make this one-time (maybe!) plea.  If you know of a quilt show or retreat that would want hand-dyed wool as a vendor in the Carolinas, Virginia or Georgia, please let me know.

I went to the Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza held in Statesville, NC last Friday.  About 40 vendors of quilt shops, wool, scrapbooking, yarn shops, etc. held in one place.  

I HAD to make some purchases so I decided on this two-sided hoop and pattern for a punch needle project.  I already owned the punch needle thinking I would learn "one day". It is really fun to do. Hopefully I can show a finished project soon. 


The pattern is by Brenda Gervais.  I just love her designs.  I just love this hoop.  They can be used separately or with the joining posts.  Like the lady said that sold it to me. I could have a project going on both hoops at the same time.  Like I need MORE projects going on simultaneously!!
Blessings, Cathi

13 comments:

Screen Door said...

You'll have to tell us all about the progress of the wool business. I'll incredibly interested....Love new adventures for you. I'm taking a Punchneedle class in 2 weeks with Lisa Bongean of PrimitveGatherings. I'll give you the scoop on it when I return.... Have fun.

Cindy said...

Are you sitting down because you'll probably get a good laugh at me.

When I first looked at the title of your new post, I thought it said "Another NEW HUBBY"..ROFLOL

I best go clean my glasses.

BTW - many good luck thoughts coming your way on your new venture.

Quilt Hollow said...

Wishing you much success on your new business venture! If I need wool I'll know who to call. :0) As for punchneedle...funny thing about that I love it and have bought patterns, Valdani threads etc....and end up having my friend make them for me as a swap for quilting.

Sharon said...

Best wishes for your new business venture...and enjoy the journey! Keep us posted!

Darlene said...

New venture - woohoo - I'm really excited for you.

I've been thinking about ordering a hoop like that one just for my punch needle projects. I love to do punch needle but then again I love to do many, many things. LOL

Karen said...

I used to live in Columbia and belonged to three guilds. Which group did you do a program for?

Joan said...

Good luck in your new adventure and wishing you great success.

Libby said...

Best of luck on your new venture - sounds like you've got a winner on your hands *s*

kim@ A Thyme Remembered said...

Congrats on the new business! Wishing you much luck! I will be on the lookout for shows....also, what about some local prim businesses...??? Very exciting...and SO happy for you!

Teresa said...

I am so excited for you and can't wait to see your wools. You should consider selling in an etsy shop too! I do enjoy the wool applique that you taught us to do. Here's wishing you much success in your new venture!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Good luck on your new adventure. And I'm sorry to hear about your loss.
Hugs

Carrie P. said...

Congratulations! on starting your new business. I am so excited for you. I wanted to go to the thing in Statesville but had an appointment to keep and then the snow. UGH. Next year. Was that Auntie Ju's that you bought the hoop from? I love their booth.
We are having a quilt show in April here. I don't know if the vendors are full but I can check for you.
I guess you need to get back to work dyeing more wool since you sold so much. So cool.

Angie Berry said...

How wonderful for you! Congratulations on selling so much at your first showing!

Brenda Gervais does have some neat designs. Lol about what the lady said... who doesn't have what seems like a million projects going on at once??