Monday, December 14, 2009

Featured Etsian....ThreadRare

This weeks featured seller dabbles in accessories and does an amazing job!

ThreadRare features hand made, beautiful head bands with vintage accents and luxurious fabrics.

Jill, the maker of these wonderful pieces was kind enough to let me into her creative world. She started designing the flower patterns in the spring and summer of 2009 and came up with her first headband in October of this year! Amazing!

When I asked her about where her inspiration stems from she had this to say. "My degree is in textile and apparel design, and I remembered an exercise we did in one of my design classes that I really enjoyed. We all had to create our own flower out of any material we wanted. Mine was actually beaded wire (I still have it!), but there were so many interesting flowers made from fabrics: some three-dimensional, some flat. I'm not sure what triggered me as that class was years ago, but one day last spring I decided to try to make my own fabric flower. It ended up being an early version of the lily I now carry in my shop."

What did the very first headband look like? It was made for her friend to wear to a wedding and it was a reverse of this Silver and Gold Lily that she sells in her shop! Beautiful!

Once she discovered Etsy she was hooked! It was a new adventure that has gotten her a spot on the frontpage which got her a ton of exposure. How did she do it? Well it all started with the "rules" of Etsy. She scoured the sellers handbooks and forums to see how selling worked. This gave her a realistic approach to selling on Etsy that allowed her to keep her expectations in check. She has been able to grow slowly and is blossoming into a well-known Etsy seller!

Being a newbie to Etsy myself I was curious to know if she had any advice. She responded, "Etsy is such a great community with so, so many resources available. Take advantage of the forums, articles, and various interviews, there's good advice out there! My best advice is to do your research into the selling process, meet as many other sellers as you can (through forums and twitter), and don't be afraid to put your toe in the water and start selling! I started with three items, then grew to six, and now nine, and I will continue to add new pieces as I design them. Grow at your own pace, and keep your focus on quality and staying true to your style and unique point of view. And always have great photos, they are your best tool for selling online! One last thing; the sellers I have met so far have all been wonderful. They are excited to help each other and out see each other succeed. The encouragement I've received from the other Etsy sellers I've talked to has been priceless. Reach out to others and be kind, the support is well worth it."



Does she have a favorite headband?
Her favorite of her headbands is the Ruby Red Lily Headband. "I just really love the color and sparkle!" Me too!

I also really like the Empire Art Deco headband pictured at the top of this page.




I only hope to have the kind of success that ThreadRare has had this past month or so. Her work is beautiful and her heart is in the right place! She is talented and kind. Please take a moment to visit her shop and please feel free to leave her comments her on my blog.

Visit her shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThreadRare
Check our her blog: http://www.ThreadRare.blogspot.com
Follow her on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/ThreadRare

Thanks so much, Jill!

Until next time...Stay warm everyone!
-Vanessa

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