We have almost reached the one year anniversary of Fiber Rhythm’s retail shop. I see that other than the Fashion Illustration class (which I finished, it was fun), I still have all the other “Currently Working On” items “in progress“. I put that in quotations because very little real progress has been made on those items. But that will change soon.
I just didn’t truly understand how much time the Retail part of the business would take.
As time goes on, I see how there will always be constant evaluation of the products we carry, learning more about who our customers are and what they want. It requires constant attention and a willingness to learn.
I have to say that I am loving it! It lets me express myself in various ways that the primarily online business didn’t really do.
I’ve enjoyed re-arranging, selecting product, expanding areas of the business– supporting weavers, carrying a wider variety of skein yarns, changing the hand-made-and-local product mix. While retaining the shop’s calm and colorful charm.
I have always been a numbers/accountant/spreadsheet gal, and the retail part of the business really feeds that.
As a computer gal (IBM for almost 30 years), I still get to work on the website occasionally, which I enjoy.
I do not have the natural marketing gene that gets me motivated to be on social media, setting up and promoting events. There is still a lot to do in that regard. But I’m working on it.
I am starting to feel like the basics are truly in place and I’ll be able to spend more of my days making. So I’ll have more of my projects to post about here!
Cool. Loving Life and looking forward to the next year!
|Lovely quilt from the show in Sisters, OR|
Vacation was lovely. I hope all of you are able to take some time off to relax and recuperate. We headed down to a cabin on the Metolius River in Camp Sherman OR. It was hot during the day, but cooled off nicely over night.
On Saturday we went into Sisters for the annual outdoor quilt show. We saw so many wonderful, lovely, gorgeous quilts there! What an inspiring visit. I have way more photos and need to get through them all sometime soon. Meanwhile, this was one of my favorites. (Of course, Blue and Green are my favorite colors!)View blog
Happy 4th of July all! The shop is closed for vacation and I’ve been having a good time with some sewing for the family.
Of course, small business keeps running through my brain even though I’m officially off. What’s at the top of mind? I’m looking at carrying a couple more lines of skein yarn and a couple more lines of cone yarns.
|If you look closely you CAN see Red White and Blue!|
Anyone who has been in the shop will realize that this means a little bit of re-arranging and perhaps some clearance. So, after vacation I’ll be placing the fall yarn orders, working on setting up for a clearance sale at the beginning of August, and figuring out how to re-arrange our space to hold more yarn!
I’ve had so many ideas for patterns to knit with reflective yarn… but somehow have not gotten around to developing many of them yet. I think one issue is motivation– pretty much any pattern out there could work as is and you just add in the reflective yarn throughout or just with a stripe or two– so why make any more? As time goes on, however, I will get some of these done and into a booklet, So if you have any requests, now is the time to ask!
Regardless, for Christmas (and yes, Christmas was the promise and I knit into January to get them done), I knit reflective hats for all the guys in the family with Art by Eve’s Betsy yarn, Retroglo 1/69″ and the Team Zissou beanie pattern by Janice Kang. Well received and they look great! The one shown here is in the orange~ similar to the movie (The Life Aquatic)~ just as my son requested. The others were in blue and red. Then I made mine in leftovers from these three and a sock I’d done in purple…
|With camera flash|
|Without camera flash|
While the summer heat begins to sizzle, we are trying to keep cool with light-weight knitting. I’ve recently put out an organic cotton lace scarf for sale in our hand-made section of the shop. Its made from Bio Sesia 5, an organic cotton yarn we carry–in lavender. Shown on our mannequin (who still needs a name, any ideas?)
I’m also working on knitting with Bambu 7 cone yarn on the knitting machine. Alternating a slipped stitch with stockinette and decorative dropped stitches. Hope to have some of these as loose tank tops in the shop in July after we come back from vacation. (the shop will be closed from July 1 through July 13th).
|Lavender Hand Knit Organic Cotton Scarf|
|Bambu 7 Machine Knit Swatch|
We are now carrying Art by Eve’s new felted dryer balls. These hand felted balls of natural 100% wool are hand crafted in Wilsonville Oregon.
Check them in our Square Marketplace
|Hand Felted Dryer Balls, made in the USA|
The address is: 3701 SE Milwaukie Ave, Suite F, Portland, OR 97202
BOUTIQUE: we have Art by Eve’s (hand crafted in Wilsonville) felted soaps, scarves, cowls and shawls (and some kits). We are in the process of stocking jewelry, hand bags and woven items from other local artists/crafts-people.
HALLWAY ART GALLERY: we have Sam Hall Photography in the first showing (mostly nature photographs)
RENTAL ROOMS/EQUIPMENT: Renting by the hour: Sewing room with Pfaff home sewing machine and White Serger; Knitting Machine room with choice of Toyota and Brother mid and standard gauge KMs and a Erlbacher Gearhart Circular reproduction Sock Machine. Ideal for those who just don’t have the equipment or don’t have room to keep it set up.
Lots going on!
We’re moving the studio to a new space that will allow us to have direct retail as well as online with studio space in the back…. sooooo looking forward to it. We’ve been painting for 3 days– I think one more will do it!
While we are prepping for the move, we’d love to reduce inventory (less to move), so the moving sale continues through this Saturday (the 23rd).
25 to 40% off all physical items!