Post four: Progress report, business plans, Instagram

Business plan, Sewing, Social Media

Hello there dearie!

Last week I received my new sewing machine and it is a beast of a thing. After a lot of deliberation and having to review my budget several times I decided to go for a Bernina 1008 with free extension table and embroidery foot. Definitely worth spending a big chunk of my savings on.
With my new sewing machine in tow, this week I have completed (well I might add a few more bits to it, maybe even glow in the dark thread!) my first large scale commission and I absolutely adore it. As you may know I am sort of obsessed with sea creatures at the moment (it seems a lot of people are actually if WIP_jellyfishInstagram is anything to go by) and this piece is of a Pelagia Noctiluca jellyfish. I need to work out the best way to stretch it over a frame and finish it off so that it can hang in my Dad’s office but other than that I am super happy with the finished article, I will put some pictures up in my gallery soon.

Planning, Planning, Planning. So it looks like I am on my way to completing my business plan to present to the Princes Trust Panel in June, which I am nervous and also excited about. Gives me like 4 weeks to show them some finished pieces. Ahhh! I am thinking that I will show them my designs and then make some plain white mock ups of the accessories I plan to make with them to take with me. Just because I am too scared that I will butcher my originals… and I kinda want them to hang on my wall in my studio… (how selfish)

Since I started Instagram like 4 weeks ago I have gained 76 followers, which I think is pretty good really. I am still a bit unsure as to how to promote myself on there… but I will get there in the end! If you have instagram you can check out my behind the scenes action shots on there.


Post Two: Meetings with the Princes Trust

Business plan

Hey! So I have been having meetings with Liz at the Princes Trust in Nottingham to help with creating my business plan. I have been working on my plan for the past couple of months now and I have found it quite daunting doing it on my own. But! Now that I have Liz I can send my plan back and forth to her and, due to her expert knowledge of business plans, she has given me lots of tips on what to include.

I have almost finished now and I am just looking over my costing, budget and pricing of products. Hopefully my plan will be ready by the beginning of June so that I can present my plan to the Princes Trust Panel Members. Eeek! Once I have gone to “panel” I will then be presented with a Business Mentor who I can talk to about my plans, give me advice and expert ideas on what I can do to grow my business.

I am really looking forward to having a finished product line and starting to sell my work!