I was just wondering what everyone did with their finished pieces of stitching? I've just been tidying up my workroom and noticed that despite having some work up on my walls, given some away as presents and sold some on my website, I still find I have a whole box of finished pieces with no where to go!
Do you make something for the love and joy of making it, or only if you have a finished purpose for it and what do you make your stitching into? There are only so many wall spaces to hang pictures!
A friend told me recently that she had actually thrown away one of her pieces (a piece she worked on her embroidery apprenticeship) because she no longer liked it! I know the piece and thought it was fabulous (and it took well over a hundred hours to stitch), but am I too precious about my work? Should we throw things away if we don't like them, store them away from posterity or pass them on to someone who will apreciate them?
There is a web site called Etsy on which you can sell crafts, embroidery etc. I don't know if this would be any good. I have not used it myself but know of people that have. My problem is an UFO drawer in which some precious items lay alongside the unfinished others.
I think, like Elizabeth, I too need to have a purpose for making something. I'm not very good at finishing things without a deadline and if it is for something in particular there is usualy a deadline with it! This doesn't mean I don't enjoy what I'm stitching, I struggle to stitch it if I'm not inspired by it, but it makes it more enjoyable for me knowing there is someone at the other end waiting to appreciate it (whether that be for a class or a present etc) and it won't just go into the collection. I tend to be a bit too precious about my work, but I'm getting better at passing it on and finding that this is actually very rewarding.
Gill mentioned Etsy for selling your work. Etsy is American, the English equivalent is Folksy. I have a shop on Etsy and be warned it is very difficult to sell on Etsy without alot of dedication. There are many thousands of products on there all competing for attention and you have to work very hard at getting yours noticed (this costs by the way and you will have to do the work, Etsy don't help out much). Don't forget also, due to Copyright, that you can only sell original designs, so no kits you have bought and made up, or items from knitting patterns etc.
That doesn't mean don't have a go there though! There are some lovely items for sale and a great place to shop for presents. You will get something handmade and truly unique and it's great to promote handmade and traditonal crafts.