The Business of Art

Recently, I raised the prices of my Rhapsody Rose Felted Corsage pins…
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll try to explain why in these photos:

I prepare silk fabrics — many of them hand-dyed; and clean the veggie matter from kid mohair locks:
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I select and then card wool top and silk and other fibers from which to spin yarn for the roses and tendrils:
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I spin the yarns:
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And craft mostly-green prefelts with lots of variety in the tones and textures, for the base and leaves:
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After layering and felting, about 12 pins at a time, I cut out and finish each individual flower separately:
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They get embroidered, beaded with a variety of vintage, gemstone, Swarovski crystal, pearl and other fine beads. I stitch on a pin back, and place each pin in a gift box with info about the process and materials under the lid and my business card on the top of the box.
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It’s a delightful process. And… it’s a lot of work!

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