At the end of May we took part in the ‘Mid Island Studio Tours’, and that was a new venture for us and surprisingly much more work than I anticipated.
Besides writing up a short blurb to go into the brochure that is distributed Island wide, we had to make signs, physically price all of our stock and clean out the studio. We decided to leave the looms in place (with projects on them) as well as the sofa and the small desk.
Our house, luckily, was well suited for the tour as we have a large foyer that opens directly into the studio. A few days before the event, we started figuring out what to put where and what a learning curve it was. How to show your weaving to it’s best advantage is a real dilemma.
We learned so much by doing this event and would change only a few things. The rack that held the scarves needs to be modified so that the scarves hang forward facing, rather than side on. I will switch the scarf rack and the table linen display as the scarves are more exciting and need pride of place and the table linens are a bit static. I would also hang fewer scarves and give each one more space. Our statistics for the sale are very encouraging, every fourth person bought something and they all used credit cards. Thank goodness for the Square Reader. Now the trick for next year is to have more people find us!