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Shop Talk :: Applique Originals

This week we’re talking to Jane Smallcombe from Folksy shop Applique Originals

“Applique Originals! – Unique Felt Brooches”

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This shop looks stunning, the pictures are sharp and jump out of the screen at you with their bright colours set against a clean white background.  The beautiful detail of the stitching is so clear, and shows the care that has been taken to make these decorative and unique brooches.


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Could you describe your shop?

My shop sells a range of accessories including brooches, hair bands, scarves, bags, etc. They are all hand made by me and most designs incorporate my trademark of freeform embroidery!

Who does your Folksy shop appeal to?

My shop hopefully appeals to all women as I tend to have a wide range of customers from teenage girls to OAPs.

Is this your day job?

Applique Originals is my day job! I began making brooches, etc when my son was born and have never stopped since. What began as a hobby has flourished into a ‘stay at home’ business!

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Visit Jane’s Blog to find out more about her work.

Have you been into craft and the handmade lifestyle for long?

I have been able to knit, crochet and sew form a very young age. Both of my parents were art teachers so I was surrounded by embroideries and paintings!

Where do you promote your stock?

I have a blog: http://www.applique-designedbyjane.blogspot.com/ and general word of mouth!

Do you have plans to expand your business in the future?

I am in the process of having a wholesale pdf booklet designed which will hopefully encourage small boutiques/art galleries to stock my work!

What advice would you give to someone thinking about opening up a shop here on Folksy?

Folksy is a superb platform for stocking hand made crafts and I would say it is the easiest site to list work when you are first starting out!
We’d love to hear your comments!

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5 comments

Victoria November 24, 2010 - 9:03 am

Beautiful work! your pieces are fantastic nice to see your also a local artist : )

Hilary November 24, 2010 - 10:01 am

Thanks for the interview – your brooches are stunning :)

heather aka NiftyKnits November 24, 2010 - 10:08 am

Beautiful work, I’ve admired it from afar for ages. I’d like to see your designs as hanging ornaments for Christmas.

Jane Pidgeon November 24, 2010 - 12:00 pm

I too have admired your work for a long time… exquisite embroidery, superb colours and design sense.
Yes, Heather – would make great Christmas ornaments!

Pipkyn December 5, 2010 - 7:35 pm

Wow, these are really stunning, the detail is fantastic!

I absolutely agree on the tree decorations!

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