A pictorial glimpse into the preparations at Bags of a Feather for some upcoming shows, including the Granville Harvest Fair on Columbus Day weekend, which will be my first multi-day show. I want to make sure that my inventory is well-stocked, so I made a list of the quantities of different items that I want to have on hand, and have been checking them off as I go along. I am a huge fan of making lists for everything, so it works fine for me!
In addition to getting ready for shows and adding new inventory, all this sewing has been a great distraction for Round 3 of oral surgery since March. In a nutshell, I had an implant on a front tooth in 2007, the idiot dentist who did the restoration and crown left a blob of cement under the gum which eventually ate into the jaw and caused tremendous pain and bone loss. I had exploratory surgery in May and a bone graft and ate soft foods for an entire month. Unfortunately, the graft lasted 10 weeks and then the whole implant had to be surgically removed and I will need a bridge fabricated to replace the missing tooth. It has been a long and painful ordeal, and sewing has been a welcome distraction and salvation from my dental woes..
Anyway, I started on August 1st, and the count so far looks something like this:
Insulated fabric coaster sets- 10 done
Small wristlets- 14 done
Stand-up cosmetic pouches- 4 done
Nesting storage bins- 2 sets of 2 in each set done
Medium sized zipper pouches- 17 done
Anti-tarnish lined jewelery pouches- larger-11 done and smaller- 5 done
I think that is a pretty good start to getting the amount of stuff I want to have completed. A lot of the inventory in my Bags of a Feather etsy shop was sent to various consignment and wholesale venues this summer
The sewing room is rather messy, between piles of fabrics, interfacings, supplies, etc
The good news is that I rarely need to buy new fabrics except for linings, and other necessities like zippers,and interfacings. Of course, if I am stocking up on something, i usually indulge in a new birds fabric that catches my eye. At least is a tax-deductible expense!
At any given time, there are probably 8-10 bags cut out and interfaced that are ready to put together and maybe another 5-10 cut out that need preparation before they are ready to sew together. It is very rare that I cut out, interface and sew one bag at a time.
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer, and stay tuned for more updates from Bags of a Feather!