Describe your Folksy shop?
Bobbin & Bumble is a place where you can find beautiful quirky pieces for your home. Every item is handmade by me using a combination of vintage, recycled and new materials. I choose my materials carefully as I’m obsessed with texture and colour and spent a lot of time making sure I get the combinations just right. Many of my pieces are one offs but they all have a playful element, I enjoy including an aspect of the unexpected. My main products are cushions, bookends and makeup bags but I’m currently developing a range of bags and looking at doing more art pieces. So keep an eye out for new exciting pieces coming soon.
How do you manage your Folksy shop?
I’ve only been on Folksy for a short time, and I’m currently fitting it around work and study so it can be difficult to achieve everything I want. It’s definitely a case of too many ideas, too little time. But I try and update my shop as regularly as I can with new stock and love hearing from and responding to customers.
How do you price your products?
Pricing has been one of the hardest parts about setting up my shop. I’m only just starting out so I’m still getting to grips with it. It’s good to sit down and properly figure your expenses, as you’re starting out you can forget about little things like thread or packaging. My packaging is still something I’m working on, I like to use traditional packaging – I love brown paper, it’s inexpensive but looks great. I’ve just made a new stamp to add an extra personal touch and always include a business card and personal message along with the receipt. It’s important to know your market and get the pricing right for yourself and your customer.
How do you decide what to make for your collection?
It’s important to me to make things I love and hope that others will love them too. I think if you concentrate too much on what’s on trend or what you think people want, you end up losing the thing that makes your work special. Whenever I make something I always ask myself ‘would I buy this?’ and if I wouldn’t then how can I expect any one else to. I hope when people buy my work they have a more personal connection to it than something which is a mass produced, each item involves a lot of love and care.
A lot of my work is inspired by nature. Currently I’m obsessed with insects I find their structure incredibly interesting. British insects inspired my most recent cushion collection, I enjoy taking something unexpected and giving it a pretty, contemporary twist. I’m also in the process of developing some art pieces based around entomology and man’s desire to anaylse and collect.
Do you have any online selling tips?
Most importantly love what you do and don’t be afraid to get your work out there. Don’t under estimate word of mouth, friends and family are great for this, use social media and take any opportunity that arises. Good photography is essential to show your work at its best, I’m no expert at this and it takes a lot of trial and error but I’m developing as I go. Since starting up I’ve learned a lot and it’s an ongoing process.
You can have a nosey around Leanne’s pretty little shop at Bumble and Bobbin.