Who wouldn't want to be able to make money from doing something they love, like a hobby or a craft? The truth is that many people have taken their passion and turned it into profit. No matter whether it is wood crafts, painting or ceramics, arts and crafts are extremely popular, and you can make money from them if you produce high-quality and unique pieces of work.
Take embroidery for instance. This artful sewing has been around for as long as man has been able to ply a needle and thread. Identified by intricate and patterned stitching, embroidery is experiencing newfound popularity in our day and age.
The most common form of embroidery is the embellishment of linens including draperies, tapestries, tablecloths, pillows, seat covers and bedspreads. These beautiful items are used to create interest in home décor and often become cherished family heirlooms which are passed down from generation to generation.
In many cases, these family treasures are crafted by a beloved aunt or grandmother, but in others, the work is hired out to a professional embroiderer. If you are highly skilled at embroidery and have a knack for understanding a family and personalizing crafts to reflect their values, this could be a great money maker for you.
The best way to get started as a “for hire" embroiderer is by work-of-mouth advertisement. You can print up some flyers and business cards to place at your local library and area businesses, but the best way to let people see your work is to get out into the community with it. Donate some of your work to fund raiser auctions where there will be a great deal of people that bid on your embroidery. After the auction is over, hand out cards to those who expressed an interest but did not offer the final bid. Local community fairs are also a great way to make your name and work known to many.
Another great money-making opportunity associated with embroidery is personalized, embroidered greeting cards. You can purchase pre-cut greeting cards and glue or stitch your motif on the front of the card. These types of items, if reasonably priced, go fairly quickly at bazaars and flea markets. And when you sell one, or if someone visits your booth, you have the chance to create a relationship with a person who may be interested in purchasing other embroidered crafts.
As you can see from these few examples, there are many opportunities to make money from your embroidered crafts. You just have to be creative enough to know where to find them.
By Debra F.
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