This week we’re talking to Rebecca from Folksy shop Rebecca Surgey
“Rebecca Surgey! – Knit, Crochet and Colour”
There is something a little theatrical about this shop, possibly because of the wire bust that Rebecca uses to display her knits or perhaps the gentle background colours and lighting of the photography. Rebecca has created a really beautiful range of knit and crochet pieces from warm and snuggly to elegant and romantic.
Could you describe your shop?
My shop is a collection of unique, colourful and textural, knitted and crocheted accessories.
Who does your Folksy shop appeal to?
My work appeals to those who like to wear something a bit unique. I only make a few of any one item so chances are you will never bump into someone wearing the same thing. Also anybody who feels strongly that it’s important to buy local or UK handmade goods as opposed to mass produced. This is something I’m very keen on promoting.
Is this your day job?
The knit and crochet is not my day job but I hope it may be someday. I work as a part time project manager for a design consultancy. I’m also mummy to my 4 year old son.
Have you been into craft and the handmade lifestyle for long?
Almost my whole life. I’ve always loved knitting. My grannie taught me when I was a wee girl. I went on to study fashion design at university and whatever I did always had a leaning towards knit. It was at uni that I learnt to machine knit and crochet. There’s something very fulfilling about making something amazing from a small ball of yarn. It’s addictive!
Where do you promote your stock?
Mainly on Twitter and Facebook. Art and Craft fairs are a good way of networking and making people aware that you have an online shop.
Do you have plans to expand your business in the future?
Yes, I hope to make this my full time occupation in the future. I would very much like to expand into making homewares and childrenswear. In my locality there appears to be a great demand for craft workshops so this is another area I’m looking into at the moment.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about opening up a shop here on Folksy?
Firstly, I’d say go for it. It’s a great confidence boost to see your work online and to have people buy your work.
One of the most important things for setting up your shop is good photography. Make the images as clear and professional as you can. Digital cameras can do wonders these days. Clear, eyecatching photos will draw the right kind of customer to your shop.
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