Each week we bring you a short interview with our featured seller, this week is Chris from Bluebell Beading.
Business name: Bluebell Beading
Makers name: Chris
Describe your style in no more than 3 words. Delicate, colourful and functional
What do you sell in Fabrication? Hand beaded jewellery with sterling silver fasteners., plus crocheted items.
How long have you had your own business and what made you start it? About 5 years now. I started it after a long period of illness. The hospital suggested that doing craft of some kind would be a good form of physiotherapy and enable me to get more movement in my hands.
What is your workshop / studio like? My workroom is my spare bedroom, and I do the majority of the beading in here. Because the beads I use are so small I need to keep it reasonably tidy. I usually have lots of different coloured and sized beads our so I can decide what colours and sizes to put together.
What are your beverage and snack of choice when working? A cup of tea. I tend not to snack when beading as I need to have all my concentration on what I’m doing.
What do you find the biggest challenge of running a micro-business? Time. I never seem to have enough time to do all the things that I want to do.
If you could go back in time, what would you tell a younger you? Believe in yourself, and give things a go.
What advice would you give to someone who’s just starting out? Talk to your customers and find out what they want. If they don’t want what you are making, you aren’t going to be able to sell anything.
Why did you join Fabrication, and how long ago? I joined when it first started. I’d been making hand stitched jewellery and given things to my family and friends, but realised I needed somewhere to start to sell things. As this was very different from anything I had ever done before Fabrication seemed like an ideal place.
If you could buy any 3 things from the shop, what would they be? This is really difficult, there are so many amazing things in the shop I want to buy.