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Shop Talk: Julie Colquitt

by Camilla

Handcrafted crochet bag, rare breed Orcadian aran and kid mohair, fibre art, crochet mushroom
Handcrafted crochet bag in rare breed Orcadian aran and kid mohair, £22 

Julie Colquitt has two shops on Folksy: Crochet Mushroom and Yarn Yarn. She sells her fibre art bags through the first, and yarns, silks and ribbons from rural India and northern Scotland in the second. We talked to her about the two lines of her business and where she would like to go from here…

When did you start your Folksy shops, and what kind of things did you consider before setting up online?
I started my Crochet Mushroom a few years ago and then recently set up Yarn Yarn. I was a stay-at-home mum until then, but since the children started school I began these endeavours and years later it has now taken over my life!

Is this your full-time job?
It is my full-time job for now. It has its advantages, being here for the children, but I do long days, working as soon as they go to bed, continually marketing and working on SEO to keep my website going. It’s not an easy job, you really can’t take your eye off the ball!

How do you sell your work and your yarns?
I sell the yarns purely online, in my Folksy shop and through my own website. It has taken six years to get to where I am today and it’s been a huge learning curve!

Yarn yarn, banana fiber yarn, Apple Green and white, craft supplies, crochet
Handspun banana yarn in apple green and white, £1.99 for 25 grams

What channels do you use to promote your shops?
I work really hard at SEO and word of mouth.

Do you pay yourself a salary?
As soon as the money comes in for the yarns and crochet work it goes back out again on more yarn from India and Scotland. I try my hardest to put as much back into the shops as I can.

What’s the hardest thing about working for yourself?
The hardest thing is when your children say “Mum, Mum, Mum” over and over again when you’re trying to work, like right now. I know that’s not fair, but sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day!

recycled sari yarn, silk, ribbon, rural india, women's co-operative, uk import, yarn yarn, blues,
Recycled sari silk ribbon, eco-friendly yarn, £5.49 for 100g

How would you like your businesses to develop?
I’m looking into selling handcrafted artisan products from India. I’m about to start selling handmade recycled coconut shell products, which are heavily polished. They are made by state/national award-winning artisans in India. They are fair trade and amazing! I want to help these artisans get their products out there!

coconut teapots, artisan, recycled coconut

You sell your work all across the world. Have you got any tips about selling internationally?
Selling internationally is the same as selling here. Make sure you keep in touch with the customer, get the product out to them as soon as you can and offer refunds if they are not happy. You need to make sure that they feel safe with you. Also make sure you have tip-top images, which I fail to achieve sometimes. That’s what I need to work on!

Shop Yarn Yarn on Folksy

• Shop Crochet Mushroom on Folksy

Read our Meet the Maker interview with Julie

 

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6 comments

Didy Ward June 1, 2014 - 2:17 pm

Received my yarn already – love it, love it, love it!

Julie Colquitt June 2, 2014 - 3:36 pm

Didy, so glad you like them. More being added this week. Lots more colours and yarns on their way! Thank you thank you!
Julie

Gillian Cunningham Wright June 1, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Very interesting information, it’s lovely to hear how passionate Julie is about her work and wanting to support other artists and provide a really good service to her customers. I love the banana yarn Julie sells and will be buying more. Thank you for the glimpse behind the scenes!

Julie Colquitt June 2, 2014 - 3:37 pm

Hi Gillian, thanks for your kind words, and thanks for the Likes on Facebook :-)
Happy crafting!
Julie
x

Gloria Griffiths June 2, 2014 - 5:06 pm

Amazing stuff! Julie is an incredibly talented person and a joy to do business with!

Julie Colquitt June 4, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Gloria, thank you. I am SO glad you like it, it really is truly amazon stuff!

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