I think one of the most important things in life, and especially in business, is to know your strengths and weaknesses.
When it comes to stitching, I love to create my own designs and stitch them. However, if you want to sell your patterns & pieces, it has to look nice when you're done. When it comes to "finishing" an item into something other than a hoop is where I fail. I don't have the expertise or the time to practice the beautiful finished pieces I'd like to present. So what does any good business owner do....find someone that has that talent.
The only model I currently had that was waiting to be "finished" was my "Singles Awareness" pattern. This is a picture of what it looked like before. Just the plain, stitched piece.
Certainly nothing very exciting about this photo. It's a clean picture of the stitched pattern so people will know what their finished stitching should look like. But, I wasn't happy with it being a "professional" looking piece that someone would want to buy.
In steps Rita from Snowberry Needlearts. I've been a fan of her work for sometime and have seen listings in her Etsy shop where she does custom finishing. I contacted her, we worked out the details and I sent my stitched piece off to her giving her full creative freedom. This is what she created...
This is like 1,000 times better than anything I could have ever done!!!! If you can't tell, I'm absolutely thrilled with it! Here's a pic of the backside...
Normally I sell all the models for my patterns, but I'm starting to think I just may need to keep them. Heck, if I become a famous designer some day (chokes on coffee) I can use them as displays during trunk shows at various needlework shops around the country.
I'm just about finished with the last of my custom stitching orders, and I think it may be time to stop doing those and concentrate on all the patterns I've designed that need stitching just so I can have Rita do more beautiful finishes for them. I may just even go back and restitch some of my other patterns just so I have a nicer piece to present.
And with that final thought, I have stitching I must get to....