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I’ve made some progress. I have 10 projects posted on Craftsy and 9 Hand spun and handknit Baby Sweaters and 2 Baby Blankets for sale at My Etsy Shop.  I’ve been favorited and clicked on but no sales, not even a question. It’s just a week, perhaps I just need a bit more patience??

double wedding ring quilt

Jul 28

What Fun

Now this is fun! And time consuming, WHEW.

I put up a quilt and a few of the things I made for the Jewelry Class at Craftsy and it was easy so I put some of my handknits up there too, as projects. Within 24 hours I have “hearts” and even some comments. This inspires me to go ahead and put some of the sweaters and things on Etsy and see what comes of it. It costs 20 cents per listing so it won’t be expensive to find out and I will only have to pay the final fees if they sell.

This is such a sweet cardigan. An original design for baby in handspun Angora Rabbit fiber blended with Merino wool and silk. My first double wedding ring quilt. Pieced by machine but quilted entirely by hand. Made as a gift to my son and his wife on their wedding day. One of my first jewelry designs. I love the turquoise beads with the silver nuggets and accent beads.

It looks like the best way to get seen and then to get known is to have your products displayed and talked about in as many places as possible and to rank well with the search engines. Next we’ll talk about getting them clicked on and various ways to increase traffic to your pages. These ways include paid promotions but there are many more free ways to attract attention to your products and it’s going to take some studying to find them all. Here are a few I’ve found so far.

My Craftsy create a profile page with lots of keywords upload projects with keywords comment on, save or “favorite” other’s projects follow other crafts-people take classes and join class discussions sell original patterns for free! My Etsy Create a profile Buy and Give Feedback Add people to your Circle Create Treasuries Join Teams Participate in Forums My Web Site the most important thing here is SEO Search Engine Optimization Add a Blog Make it Social with Facebook, Twitter etc My Ravelry Put up projects, yarns and patterns Favorites Groups Participate in the forums Become a Designer and sell patterns Other Social Sites My Facebook create a business page My Twitter My Pinterest More Places to Sell Patternfish Artfire iCraft (Canadian)

It’s been a long time coming but I’m ready to give this a shot. I’m going to try to sell my handknits, handspun yarns and maybe my pattern designs online.

This little pink baby cardigan is one of my own original designs. It had been handknit in handspun Angora Rabbit fiber blended with Merino wool and silk.

Of course, I’ve got lots of concerns and questions but I have to start somewhere so today I am putting up some of the things I’ve been spinning and knitting over the last few years up as “projects” on Craftsy. Once I put myself out there I’ll probably post some of them on Etsy too.

I opened an account at Etsy several years ago and never did put anything up yet. I’ve got a web site set up also. Nancy Elizabeth Designs.

I’m concerned about Etsy, and the whole idea of selling online, when I started looking around at how many sales most of the vendors had made. Most of the sales are really low. How likely am I to sell my handknits on Etsy or anywhere online? They are made of the most expensive fibers in the world. I handspin most of my yarns then handknit them into One-of-a-kind original designs. That all makes them very expensive and when people can’t actually see and touch the real thing I’m afraid they would hesitate to spend the money.

So follow along to see how I progress (or not) and maybe we’ll learn something together.