Friday, January 9, 2009

Etsy Artisan Interview - HomeMade Originals

HomeMade Originals is one of the more accomplished artists that I've met on Etsy. In addition to making wearable art and useful objects, she is willing to sell her patterns to others. And the wool she uses is recycled from old sweaters! I think that's just great! This past year, HomeMade Originals has accomplished a great deal on Etsy, including opening a second shop and starting a new team for Southeast Idaho. Learn more about the artist behind the shop:

  • What's the name of your Etsy shop?

I have two shops now,

and DestashOriginals

  • What types of products do you sell?
Handknitted and felted items, knitting patterns in my first shop and supplies in my destash shop. I'm thinking I may also add some vintage items to the destash shop in the future.

  • What is your favorite item in your shop today?
My knitting pattern (cabled neck warmer) and the neck warmers are my favorite and my best sellers.
  • How did you find out about Etsy? Where you a buyer before a seller?
I Googled something I was looking for and ended up in someone's Etsy shop. I signed up to be a seller not long after that.

  • Are there additional venues where you sell your work?
I have my pattern listed on Artfire; I also sell it on my blog and on my own website . Also the local knitting store carries my pattern and I've been in the occasional craft fair.

  • Are you involved with any of the Etsy teams?
Yes, I'm pretty active with EtsyBloggers and with the Southeast Idaho team which I started.

I'm also a member of EtsyKnitters,

EtsyFAST (Fiber Arts Street Team),

and IdahoIndieWorks.

  • Over the years, what materials and mediums have you worked with? What's your favorite?
I've done a lot of things over the years (cross stitch, needlepoint, weaving, spinning, sewing, basket making, and now knitting and felting) though I didn't try to sell anything until about 18 months ago. I think I like knitting best and especially love using alpaca feels great and knits up beautifully. Knitting is portable and I can do it while watching tv, riding in the car, etc.

  • Everyone knows images are important when selling on the internet. What's your procedure for taking photos of your products? Do you have any tips on taking better photographs?

I know I could improve on my picture taking. I do use the macro setting on my camera and try to use natural light (hard to come by in winter in Idaho).

  • We are all looking for good marketing advice. What's the best tip or trick you can share with us?
Find your niche, make things you love, and provide excellent customer service.

  • Are selling your products a full-time job, or do you have an additional occupation, outside the home?
I work for the state government as a regional manager and craft part time.

  • Do you have an online photo storage site, where we can see more about you and your surroundings?

  • Where can people find out more about you - do you have a blog, website, instant messaging account?

twitter: HMOriginals

My turn!

What's the storybeader's favorite piece?

It has to be the Alcapa neck warmer! It looks so comfortable, and I bet it feels SO good, especially on those cold windy mornings.


HomeMadeOriginals said...

Thanks so much for the feature...great job!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Great interview - it's awesome to learn more about our dear HMO :D

TNT2008 said...

It is always fun to discover what talents people have and the teams on etsy. Thanks for another great interview.

TiLT said...

Lovely interview! I have always admired her work - looks soooo cozy! Makes me wish I could already knit...just might have to learn & get her pattern if I succeed :)

Love the way you layout your interviews - very nice.

uniquecommodities said...

Great interview! Thanks for helping us to get to know HMO!

BeadedTail said...

Great interview! I really enjoy learning about artisans and their work!

Heather said...

Nice interview!

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