A lot of us crafters either make items for commissions or to give as gifts, whether it be knitted, crocheted, quilted, sewn, or cross stitched wonderful things.
So I’m wondering … Do you give care instructions when you sell / gift things?
It’s something that has been on my mind lately, especially for commissions. Quite often I’m engaged by someone else to make an item as a present, so I don’t get to speak to or hear from the actual end user. When I sold my first quilt, I wrote a little hand written note just to say congratulations on their new addition, and to give them some simple care instructions for their quilt. I thought this was really important, as I wanted them to use their quilt and not be afraid of washing it, and I personally knew I would be a little afraid of washing it if I’d never owned a quilt before.
What I really wanted though, was some feedback from the client who engaged me to make the item. 95% of the time, my requests for commissions come through my Facebook page. Potential clients see my work and current projects on there, and I try and update it when I can without inundating people with things. As a teeny tiny small business, reviews are invaluable to me and my potential clients, so following up with people for reviews is always a high priority for me.
So, I decided to roll care instructions and requests for feedback into one postcard sized card that I now add to my items when they’re wrapped. It provides care instructions for quilts and cushions, and also asks people to leave feedback on my Facebook page if they would like to. I’d love to know what you think of them!
I had some new business cards made up in the same theme as the care instruction / feedback cards to add to my completed items when they’re gifted. My previous business cards didn’t actually say what Crosstitchery was all about (I know, so silly!) so I updated everything to have a small description of what I do; ‘custom quilts, cushions, cross stitches & decor,’ – I think that summarises Crosstitchery pretty well :)
It’s all finished! This framed cross stitch is to go with the most recent Harry Potter sampler cushion I completed, and is for a brand new baby boy. I love this cross stitch for young kids – they will no doubt get into some mischief as they grow and learn :)
We used colours very similar of Ravenclaw’s in order to suit the blue and forest theme of the nursery, and I chose a wood grain frame in order to suit the theme also.
It was such a quick and fun one to stitch – only 2 weeks on and off in total, which is a very nice comparison to the sampler cross stitch!
You can find a link to the pattern here if you’d like to create your own – happy stitching!
Many many moons ago, I completed an ombre home sweet home cross stitch .. Do you remember? If you’re a new reader, probably not as it’s over a year ago now that I completed it (time flies!)
This is what it looked like, and here’s a link to the original post regarding it.
I asked for advice on how best to present this for my friend who was building her own house, and who has recently moved in – yay! Some suggestions were a hoop covered with turquoise ribbon, or framing it in white.
I decided I wanted to present this cross stitch as a cushion – here’s the finished product which I gifted just last week! I bordered the cross stitch with a bright turquoise fabric, and used a grey and turquoise feature floral fabric as the second border and backing. I inserted a lapped zipper into the back for a neat finish for this cushion.
Ombre Home Sweet Home Cushion
Ombre Home Sweet Home Cushion – Lapped Zipper
Ombre Home Sweet Home Cushion
Happy housewarming Anna! I am so proud of all that you have achieved.
So it’s been Arctic quiet on here lately and I apologies for the silence .. It’s been a busy time at the crosstitchery household, as I’ve been working my tail off on this latest commission.
My previous commission was for the Harry Potter Sampler cross stitch which you can see here.
This commission was such a hit that I received another 2 orders for the same pattern before we left for Japan. This patterns takes a long while to stitch – working full time, maintaining a household and having a social life impacts on my time to stitch, but I try and fit in at least an hour every day to gradually chip away at it.
I’m happy to say I’ve nearly finished the first portion of this commission, here’s a progress photo.
The flags are by far the hardest part of this commission. There’s so many stitches in each one that it usually takes me like 5 hours just to complete one!
I’ll be turning this completion in a cushion also, with wood grain fabric to create the cushion as this commission is for a new baby who has a forest theme nursery.
The second part to this commission is another Harry Potter cross stitch which we will be framing. It’s based on the Marauder’s Map, and is so darn cute for a new baby boy.
I’m looking forward to getting this sampler finished and whipped into a cushion so I can start stitching a new pattern soon :)
After some crazy mammoth stitching sessions, lots of knots in my shoulders and neck – this amazing Harry Potter sampler cushion is doneski!
Completed – Harry Potter Sampler Cross Stitch Cushion
I don’t usually like to toot my own horn, but how amazing does it look?!
Avid Harry Potter fans can find the pattern here. I absolutely adore the amount of detail in this pattern (I mean, check out that marauders map!) but by goly, this was a hard one to stitch, especially in the crazy time frame that I had.
Top Right Hand Corner – Harry Potter Sample Cross Stitch Cushion
Bottom Right Hand Corner – Harry Potter Sample Cross Stitch Cushion
Top Left Hand Corner – Harry Potter Sample Cross Stitch Cushion
Bottom Left Hand Corner – Harry Potter Sample Cross Stitch Cushion
I bordered the pattern in a 2.5″ teal fabric, and completed the cushion with eggplant binding. This is the first time I’ve made a cross stitch into a cushion and I found it really easy, just like stitching a normal cotton cushion. You can check out Tiny Modernist’s post if you need some help sewing a cross stitch cushion.
I have a whole heap of friends who are Harry Potter fans, and after adding this to Crosstitchery’s facebook page, I’ve received another 3 orders for the same pattern! I’ll also be stitching this adorable pattern for a new baby, due in November.
These commissions will all be started when Mr A & I get back from Japan – we leave in just 2 days! :)