This year is proving to be very refreshing, as i have previously mentioned I am having a year of sorting out my wardrobe and planning what I sew and knit.
After quite a success at home I have turned my attention to the shop. I have streamlined a lot of the products that we use. There are so many gadgets, tools, products and gizmos on the market it is hard to know what works and what doesn’t, what is useful to have and what is nice to have but not really necessary. This year presented us with a fabulous opportunity, from Prym haberdashery suppliers, to streamline our products and only stock items that we have tested in various sewing and knitting classes. From the haberdashery section of the shop I have moved to the interfacing department, now I have to be totally honest this is a job i have been putting off for ages as there are so many different types on the market, it does get overwhelming, so i have stayed with the ones that have always been stocked in the shop. In february I went to a trade show, I took this as an opportunity to research interfacings, current status is that I am trialing several new products, its not as boring as it sounds.
The final job for Spring has been to revamp the website. I wanted a site that gives as much information about the products as possible, on the previous website I was restricted to price, width and fabric composition, which I found frustrating. I believe that if you are buying over the internet you need as much information as possible. It’s so easy to make a mistake and regret your purchase. People who come to the shop, like to touch, feel the drape, look at the colour against their skin tone, and chat about the suitability of the fabric for their pattern.
I also get lots of questions about notions, linings and construction techniques, this is difficult to communicate via a website but It has given me food for thought regarding the blog.
Over the next few weeks i am going to tackle the most frequent questions that i am asked in the shop, what’s a toile?, what do these pattern marks mean? how do i know what fabric to buy… these are just few, if there are any other topics you would like me chat about then please do e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you all like the new website, please let me know what further information you may require. www.finefabricsofharrogate.co.uk
Until next week