Developing a connection with clients has always been important for me. I like to know what it was about the piece that moved them to make the purchase or why it spoke to them. Knowing my clientele isn't always easy. Selling through shops, online, or even a show doesn't always allow for interaction.
|Wooly Table Mat|
Several years ago I started teaching wool applique workshops for a local wool event. It was a great way to really spend some time with people who enjoyed my work and wanted to learn more through my sharing of designs, techniques, and materials.
Over the years I have held many and various workshops although not on a regular basis. With raising a family, time was limited, but now I have begun developing and scheduling more workshops . This past year I held three local wool applique workshops. The response was wonderful and I reconnected with students from previous classes and had new students as well. Everyone was enthusiastic and came prepared to learn and create.
Some of the workshops I develop are the result of a requested design or a piece of mine that someone wanted to stitch. Each year I try to offer an original workshop to stitch a piece that was designed for that class. Some of my best-selling items I currently do not hold workshops for such as the wooly boxes.
Workshops can be tailored to fit the needs of the group such as space, time, number of students, and cost. I have a list of past workshops to choose from or we can start with something new.
The cost of each workshop varies according to size, length, and complexity of the project. Another big factor is travel. I am willing to travel. There are two ways to get a quote started for the cost of a workshop.
1. A group has a budget in mind per person/ group as to what they want to spend, and I will work within that budget.
2. A group sees a workshop I have done and would like to request it.
3. A group sees one of my pieces and would like me to develop a workshop to teach it.
Once one of those options are chosen, I will give you the cost for each student based on materials, time, and travel.
As my wool applique book is due out June of 2015, I will be developing several of the projects as workshops. There will be more information about those coming later.
|Wooly Pocket 2014 Workshop|