Today we’re kicking of a shiny new kind of feature on the blog called Urban Entrepreneurs.
Urban Entrepreneurs are stitchy sellers of any kind who have decided to take the plunge (with the help of some UT designs) and start their own small biz! They are Etsy sellers, Artfire users, custom embroiderers, or folks that use Urban Threads designs in some way that relates to their everyday business (you heard us, you can totally sell products using UT designs, just check out our machine embroidery licencing policy for details).
Ever wondered what it would be like using your mad embroidery skillz in an everyday job? These folks are the ones who can tell you. They’re here to show us what kind of unique things they’ve created for the handmade market, and what it’s like to take the plunge.
Joining us for our very first feature is the alternative stylings of Fabulously Fierce.
What started you into embroidery?
I came into embroidery kind of by accident. I had received a nice bonus from my day job and decided to buy a new sewing machine with it. When I got to my local shop, I became mesmerized by the embroidery machines and ended up buying one. After a lot of trial and error figuring out how to use it, I started embroidering anything I could get my hands on. It’s addicting!
Where did you first find Urban Threads?
Good old fashioned Google search I had seen the designs on Etsy, so knew they existed…it was just a matter of finding out where.
Describe your shop and the products you offer.
I like to describe my shop as alternative home decor, offering less mainstream options for people who dare to be different.
I started the shop a few years ago making lampshades and then I ventured into pillow covers. Once I got my embroidery machine I started making decorative towels and pot holders. I have so many ideas for new items, I just need more hours in the day to work on them all!
What made you take the plunge into starting your own business?
I have always loved making things. When I was growing up my mother’s favorite saying when I saw something I wanted was “we can make that.” It kinda stuck with me. After doing it as a hobby and making gifts for friends, I decided to try my hand at selling some of it. Luckily I found Etsy through a friend and it was the perfect venue for my items.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since you began?
Never ever walk away from your embroidery machine while it’s stitching a design!! Every time I do, something disastrous happens!
Where would you like to see your shop in one year?
Bigger and better!
My ultimate goal is to have my items in a brick and mortar shop. Selling online is great, but pictures never truly grasp the quality of the items. I would love for potential customers to be able to see and feel my products, to be able to appreciate the craftmanship that goes into them first hand.
I’m loving the alternative style of Fabulously Fierce, she creates just the kind of things I love to decorate my kitchen in. I’m also thinking I really need a set of those Halloween hand towels right about now…
Starting your own business may seem like a big step, but these days with amazing sites like Etsy, Artfire and others, you don’t have to quit your day job and throw yourself into business school. You can start slow, open an online store, and who knows where you could go from there? These Urban Entrepreneurs will show you just what it’s like.
Do you use Urban Threads designs to create one of a kind products? Want to see your story or your store featured here? Send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your store, website or attach sample photos, and you could be featured!