Five years ago I opened my shop on Etsy and sold my first items online. Strangely enough those first sales weren't embroidery patterns but a set of small water colour paintings. After that I only sold embroidery patterns and, more recently, embroidery panels.
I still get a buzz whenever I receive an e-mail telling me that I have sold a pattern and I'm thankful that many people over the years chose to spend their hard earned money in my shop. Or 'my shops' I should say, because somewhere along the line I opened my own Follow the White Bunny shop. A lot has happened over the years. I got more skilled at drawing and making designs and the standard of my patterns improved lots. During those five years my own embroidery work got better and more refined and I'm happy to be sharing a bit of that experience with some of you in my upcoming online class!
I'm not sure what will happen in the next five years. A lot more embroidery designers have entered the (Etsy) market. I applaud new and fresh ideas and designs and try not to be bothered by designs that bear much resemblance to some of my more original ideas (which is kind of hard!) For now I guess I'll just keep on going!
I thought it was appropriate to celebrate this small milestone by giving away my festive Most Excellent Party Bear PDF Pattern and my most popular design in the past years: the Princess and the Pea (of which the winner will receive the PDF and the Embroidery Panel)!
For a chance to win the patterns and the panel, leave a comment on this post before the 1st of February 2014 and tell me which Bird would be a good candidate for my next Tiny Animal Portrait. Fictitious species (like Big Bird) are not allowed ;) Be sure to leave a 'trail' (e-mail or link) so I can contact you if you win. If I can't find you within a week I will do a re-draw! Good luck everyone!