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Urban Entrepreneurs – Longvalley Bears

Urban Entrepreneurs highlights stitchers who are combining their awesome talents and Urban Threads designs to make one-of-a-kind items and be their own boss. They also offer their own bit of wisdom about the realities of running your own biz!

Urban Entrepreneurs - Longvalley Bears

Longvalley Bears on Etsy

What’s your best tip for getting better results out of your store?

Photography is everything in this business. Do some research and see how others are displaying similar products. There are some great “how to” instructions out there for people with absolutely no photography skills and fancy camera equipment is not necessary. Also, do a quick search for free photo editing applications for those pictures you may have taken when it was just a little too dark. Or try as you might, just can’t seem to get the balance correct. When using the photo editors stay true to the product though. People need a clear image of what they are purchasing.

Urban Entrepreneurs – Wreck Creation Studios

Urban Entrepreneurs highlights stitchers who are combining their awesome talents and Urban Threads designs to make one-of-a-kind items and be their own boss. They also offer their own bit of wisdom about the realities of running your own biz!

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Wreck Creation Studios on Etsy

What’s the one thing you wish you knew when you started your store?

The one thing I wish I knew when I started my etsy shop is how. much. time. Between making the pieces, Photographing them in an environment (as art becomes more accessible, there are less people who like the stark-white gallery look anymore), posting them with brilliant and unique descriptions to optimize Search Engine Optimization, learning how to price shipping, and making a memorable product and experience; it can be a week long experience. Not to mention the time you spend hovering over your computer waiting to make a million dollars.

…and Instagram. I get more hits on my etsy account on days when I promote my shop via Instagram.

Urban Entrepreneurs – Daisyeyes Handmade

Urban Entrepreneurs highlights stitchers who are combining their awesome talents and Urban Threads designs to make one-of-a-kind items and be their own boss. They also offer their own bit of wisdom about the realities of running your own biz!

Hand stitched Urban Threads embroidery design from daisyeyes handmade etsy store

Daisyeyes Handmade on Etsy

What’s the one thing you wish you knew when you started your store?

The one thing I wish I knew when I started my store is how to budget my time. As a mom working from home, it’s such a struggle to make use of good time to do the businessy things (accounting etc), the product development, planning for future items, completing orders and trying to give myself time to just be creative….not to mention just being a mom and a wife!

I’m learning how to limit and schedule my social media/web time and I’m getting rid of distractions and those things that help me procrastinate. I am building time into my days to just be creative so I don’t lose the enjoyment in that process. I am planning in 6 month increments for new items and giving myself reasonable deadlines for meeting those goals.

Urban Entrepreneurs – Cushion Rock

Urban Entrepreneurs highlights stitchers who are combining their awesome talents and Urban Threads designs to make one-of-a-kind items and be their own boss. They also offer their own bit of wisdom about the realities of running your own biz!

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Etsy store Cushion Rock

What’s the one thing you wish you knew when you started your store?

I didn’t realize how much detail goes into listing an item… it can be time consuming having to describe every detail about the product. I tend to be a bit disorganized but it is really important that you get that part correct, describe your product in detail…I love doing designs and get so engrossed in my work that I have to tell myself to stop and list some items. I find I get more motivated when I make a sale, then it gets really exciting, especially when someone from the other side of the world buys something… a brilliant feeling!

Urban Entrepreneurs- MaeFlowers & JuneBugs

Urban Entrepreneurs highlights stitchers who are combining their awesome talents and Urban Threads designs to make one-of-a-kind items and be their own boss. They also offer their own bit of wisdom about the realities of running your own biz!

Embroidered wings using Urban Threads embroidery design from MaeFlowers & JuneBugs etsy store

MaeFlowers & JuneBugs on Etsy

What’s your best tip for getting better results out of your store?

I’ve found that my wings have gotten more attention when I started expanding on the different forms of social media I’m using. It doesn’t have to be time consuming, either. You can link your business facebook page and your Twitter account to Instagram, so any time I post a picture on Instagram, it’s shared to both facebook and Twitter. I also make sure that I am sharing my products on Pinterest as well, and having friends and family re-pin to their own boards helps get the reach up. Social media is free to use, so we should all make the most of it!

Urban Entrepreneur – Sew Fun Doll Clothes

Far from the traditional outfits you’d usually find on these pretty dolls, Sew Fun Doll Clothes specializes in making offbeat and fantastical outfits that any one of us would LOVE to have! It seems almost unfair that the dolls get all the fun. The lovely Urban Entrepreneur Cher joins us today to tell us how she made a growing biz out of making one-of-a-kind embroidered outfits.

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I assume the love of dolls and doll clothes came first. What got you into all that?

I’ve been sewing since junior high, but started sewing doll clothes when my daughters got their American Girl dolls as gifts many years ago. I loved the historical outfits and stories those early Pleasant Company dolls came with, but since we couldn’t afford to buy that many doll clothes back then, I started sewing for my daughters’ dolls.

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My girls are now grown and on their own, but making doll clothes gives me an excuse to still play with dolls!

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What then started you into embroidery?

Several years ago I was using a Brother sewing/embroidery machine as a back-up machine, but I had never used the embroidery attachment. On a whim, I decided it was about time to see what it could do … and as anyone who has done machine embroidery knows, it didn’t take long to become completely addicted! It was only a matter of months before I outgrew that little Brother machine and upgraded to a Viking embroidery machine so I could do bigger and better things.

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What made you take the plunge into starting your own store?

I love sewing, I love making doll clothes, and if I didn’t sell what I make, or want to make, I’d run out of room to store all my creations. I opened my Etsy shop, SewFunDollClothes, in 2008 to fund my addiction! And I am so grateful that people like my doll clothes enough to keep me sewing full time.

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Where did you first find Urban Threads?

I saw several Etsy sellers using UT designs on baby clothes and thought it would be fun to play with putting some of UT’s designs on my doll clothes. Did a quick Google search, landed on your website. Perfect timing too – it was right when I was starting to prep for Halloween, and there are no better Halloween designs than UT!

My Stitch Witch Halloween outfit did so well, I knew immediately that I would be using Urban Threads designs a lot more from then on.

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What kinds of folks are your customers? Who do you hope to cater to?

I sew for a wide range of customers. When I first started my shop, it was moms and grandmas buying gifts for their daughters who love all things girly. I still love creating the cute girly outfits for them, as that’s where I got my start. There is also a growing number people looking for doll clothes for boy dolls – moms, grandmas buying for their sons’ boy dolls, and adult doll collectors customizing their American Girl dolls into boys.

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Once I started using UT’s designs, I was able to offer gothic, fantasy, and steampunk doll outfits to teen and adult doll collectors adding to their collections. I love the diversity of my customers, I never get bored with just one style.

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What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since you began?

Biggest lesson for me was that, while it can often take me longer to get decent photos than sewing the outfit did, getting good photos is extremely important, especially when presenting outfits for doll collectors. I’m still learning which backgrounds and lighting work the best, how to take a decent close-up, and even which doll model shows off the outfit best. With what I know now, I really wish I could go back and re-take photos of some of the outfits I’ve done in the past!

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Where would you like to see your shop in one year? Any fun stuff planned for the future?

When I started my shop on Etsy, I never could have anticipated where it would be today. It seems to work best when I let my creative whims lead the way! But I’m pretty sure it will include more steampunk, some adventurous outfits for boy dolls, and some UT designs on leather.

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I am just in love will all these little outfits. That steampunk dress and the tiny matching top hat? To die for. Seriously, I wonder if we could briber her into turning these out in slightly larger sizes? It’s always so fun to see someone who gets to turn a passionate hobby into a thriving business. There’s nothing better than doing what you love! Thanks, Cher, for sharing your story with us. If you love her stuff, be sure to visit her super cute Etsy store to see even more.

Do you use Urban Threads designs to create one of a kind products? Want to see your story or your store featured here and join our gang of Urban Entrepreneurs? Send us an e-mail at blog@urbanthreads.com with a link to your store/website or attach sample photos, and you could be featured!

 

Urban Entrepreneurs – Susitaika

I love that we have so many international stitchers among Urban Threadsters, and it seems like a lot of them have a very entrepreneurial spirit. This week’s Urban Entrepreneurs feature comes all the way from Finland, with the awesome and punktastic stitching of Laura Lipponen from the online store Susitaika. We’ve seen Laura’s work before, when she took the amazing plunge into digitizing her own work. She’s since taken on her own business, both on Etsy and on her own website.

Today Laura joins us to talk a little about her online store, and shares some of her self-modeled embroidered wares…

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What started you into embroidery?

My path to embroidery starts with my love of making my own clothes. When I was a kid, I made some curtains into cool tops. Got teased at school, OF COURSE. But still kept my individual voice like a boss.

I wanted to make clothes, but my mom’s Singer and I – we did NOT get along. So I begged for my mom to buy me a new machine. (Actually, the Singer DID have some sort of a fault that even a repair guy couldn’t do anything about it – they would’ve needed a new part, but since the machine was so old and that particular part had the tendency to break, nothing could be done.)

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When we went to the store to buy a new machine for me, they were getting rid of every Husqvarna Viking machine, they stopped carrying that label. I wanted a cool looking Bernina, but there was one sewing machine with an embroidery head (Husqvarna Viking Platinum Plus) that was on such a ridiculous sale price that my mom made me try it. And I fell in love! That’s when I was introduced to embroidery.

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Where did you first find Urban Threads?

I found UT on Craftster! Niamh had posted the fantabulous tute of the wood burning leaf image. To this day that is still my FAVOURITE wood burning project – such a beautiful picture. Not surprisingly I’ve embroidered that picture of the leaves a hundred times…

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What made you take the plunge into starting your own store?

My parents have had a business of their own since forever and I have many friends who have their own companies as well. It’s very common here in Finland to start your own business. So I did. Some of my friends told me they’d order stuff from me if they could deduct it in their taxes, and for that I needed the VAT number.

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What kinds of folks are your customers? Who do you hope to cater to?

Gothic chic and geeky types. I look for people with a sense of humor and a touch of the dark in their souls. People who understand writers such as Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. The kinds of people who I automatically feel are my friends.

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What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since you began?

Errrms… I’m sure I just learned a lesson this week… Ohh, it might be scheduling things. It’s VERY important to have a strict schedule, so you can keep up with seasonal sales, the markets you’re going to go to sell at and all that. The more structure you have in your life the better. I love TO-DO lists and even painted a black board on my door so I can wipe things off when I’m done.

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Where would you like to see your shop in one year? Any fun stuff planned for the future?

I’m hoping that in a year I will be mostly done with school and can actually start providing myself with my business. At the moment I’ve had this problem of doing definitely too many things at once, so it has taken its toll. I’ve had two jobs on top of my own business and now I’ve had one job, business and school! It’s definitely been hard. But this summer anything has started to seem possible again. For a year I wasn’t so sure. But now I am! The thing that I’m looking forward most is that I’ve been talking about some cooperative things to do with some local artists. Kinda like your UT Labs.

I love the dark and punk attitude that Laura puts into all her wares, and the big possibilities for the future. With the guts to not only try digitizing, but jump into her own business, I’m sure the future projects and collaborations Laura takes on will be just amazing! If you want to grab some of your own gothic stitchy wares, check out her Etsy store or Susitaika.com.

Do you use Urban Threads designs to create one of a kind products? Want to see your story or your store featured here and join our gang of Urban Entrepreneurs? Send us an e-mail at blog@urbanthreads.com with a link to your store/website or attach sample photos, and you could be featured!