Last Saturday, I hunted & gathered new (old) fabrics for bow-ties, and I hit the mother lode! I found a new (to me) place called The Resource Exchange, in Philadelphia. They’re all about recycling and up-cycling materials that otherwise would’ve been thrown in the landfill. They take donations from film production companies, theater companies, and individuals and make them available at reasonable prices to DIY crafters like me.
I had a great time there meeting the RE folks and picking out fabric for ties. I even donated a spinning card rack from my old shop for their hand-made cards.
After that, I trekked out to my other favorite place for bow-tie fabric [sorry, I cannot reveal this source!!] and walked away with an armload of super-rare, super-premium silks and brocades. The owner there even asked if she could sell my ties.
Which brings me to the big announcement…
I have finally decided to try selling my hand-made ties! I’ve been working on a new e-commerce website (sneak peak under the “shop” tab above), and all the branding, design, packaging, and of course manufacturing that goes along with launching a new line. Whew! It’s a lot of work, but I’m excited about it. Look for upcoming news about this new venture in the summer months. My goal is to go live with it before Autumn 2013.
Ponoko has a feature article about me, my bow-ties and the templates I made at Ponoko that helps me create the ties. Thanks, Ponoko!