This week’s featured maker is felting queen Tina Tang, who creates miniature felted animal sculptures. She brings warmth and character to every animal she makes, and not surprisingly her custom pet portraits are one of her most popular lines. We talked to Tina about her Folksy shop Tina Chi Home and how she combines her business with looking after her young family… When did you start your Folksy shop, and what did you consider before setting up online? I start selling things on Folksy two years ago. Before setting up online I took a lot of product shots to get the best pictures I could and I also researched prices to make sure my pricing was right.
Needle-felted Border Collie, £42
Is this your full-time job? Selling on Folksy is my part-time job only; my main job is a housewife and mother. How do you promote your work? As well as selling my work on Folksy I sell at local markets near my house. I promote my shop through my Facebook page and sometimes I run jumbo sales to attract more customers.
Hedgehog and toadstool, £34
How do you calculate your prices? Do you pay yourself a salary?
I calculate the price with my working hours and more realistic the much higher of the price. You also have a young family – how do you manage your time? Since I have two young children to take care for, I can only do my felting at night. My youngest daughter starts school in September, so then I will be free in the afternoons and you might see more work from me!
Needle-felted sleeping fox, £20
What’s the hardest thing about working for yourself?
The hardest thing for me is that there is never enough time!
Do you have any tips for other makers?
You need a a lot of patience for needle felting, so while I’m felting I play classical music or some songs that I like.
• Thanks Tina! You can read more about Tina in our Meet the Maker interview, where you can also learn how to needle-felt a panda!