Thanks so much for all of you who purchased the materials kit for Cotton Quartet earlier this week!
For those who want the kit, never fear – we are frantically making more!
I’m afraid I upset some of you by selling out of kits again. You’d think, after the Bee-Jeweled Pincushion kits, I would have figured it out.
In fact, we prepared twice as many kits for Cotton Quartet.
And yet it was still another epic fail in gauging the level of interest in the kits and preparing enough in advance! (I’m getting very good at getting it wrong, anyway…)
We’re already working on another batch of kits, and I am taking emails for advanced notice when the kits are ready. Drop me a line with “Cotton Quartet Notice” as the subject, and I’ll put you on the list. If you already contacted me for advanced notice, you don’t need to contact me again. I have you on the list. I can’t always respond to every advanced notice request, especially at first, but I do put you on the list!
I estimate 2 – 3 weeks on those. I’m planning that they’ll be ready no later than the week of May 12. It takes a long time to kit things like this, if we want the kits to be precise and put together well. We cut fabric on the thread, we measure every piece of everything, and we weigh the beads. We assemble needle cards, thread cards, and all the components in a neat little package. Even though it takes a lot of time to do this, it also helps us control costs so that we can keep the kits affordable.
One point that we often forget in our “Amazon Prime” world is that small businesses don’t function the same way as big factories. Nothing is automated. And we can’t work in massive quantities.
Ideally, I would expand, as many of you have suggested. But it’s not possible just yet. I am working on arrangements that will allow me to bring in temporary help for these whirlwinds, so hopefully that will help solve part of the problem.
But, as always, we do what we can do to the best of our abilities, trying to meet your needs in a fair way.
As the project advances, I’ll be sharing the supplies I used, why I used them, what I like about them, changes I made as the project developed, changes I might make with substitutions, and so forth. So if you are outside my shipping reach, if you are unable to get a kit, or if you prefer to work from your stash, I’ll be talking about materials as we go.
Monday, we’ll talk reticello again – I’ll share some progress, talk about the direction I’m going with my sampler, and discuss a few trials and errors along the way.
Thanks again for your excitement over Cotton Quartet! I’m looking forward to getting it underway with you soon!