I have just spent a couple of hours sewing (loosely so they can be taken off easily) my name tapes onto scarves. I use woven labels I get made by school label makers, they say CreteArt Handmade by Jill which I sew on in a loop so I can attach a small card swingtag with the price etc. for craft markets.
I've printed the swingtags with my CreteArt logo, but what do I add - that's where I'd like help - how much info should I write on the tag - What does everyone else do? Do I just write, for instance:
"Handmade Felt Scarf" & price, or:
"Handmade wet felted 21 mic Merino wool fibre scarf with tussah silk"
"Nuno felt on silk chiffon"
"Pure wool & silk"
Or just a price as it's hopefully obvious its a scarf!
I want to make them professional looking, whilst being clear each is unique & hand crafted with quality & natural materials. & without having too much info to read!
Here it is required to mention on the tag what materials are contained in the product. I would put e.g. "Handmade nuno felted scarf" Materials: merino wool, pure silk, silk and viscose embellishments, pearls" Price: ...
Jill, what I'd do (and doing now getting ready to the next show) - omit professional terms such as (nuno, microns etc). If you have already had "Handmade by Jill" label, add on the tag the method, materials and care, something like this: "Wet felted, fine (extra fine) merino wool and silk (chiffon). Dry clean only. (Hand wash in cool water)" I'm thinking about having two tags, one more elaborate with design and info above, the second one is small and short - handfelted scarf, price. I'd remove the price tag when it's sold and leave the tag with info for the customer. And it's easier to change the price if needed.
So far, that's votes for everything & nothing lol Felicity,thanks, I have a separate card, like a business card, with washing instructions. This is another conversation I guess, but I once read that felt shouldn't be dry cleaned, so I write " gentle hand wash". Anyone heard the same?
Post by luvswool and dyestuff on Nov 8, 2016 15:58:54 GMT
Jill, I would list the materials only. Many folks are not going to understand "microns" and "nuno-felt" and--as a possible purchaser, the exact materials are most important to me. So, 50% silk, 50% merino wool.
Just to add in another dimension. Tell a little about your story. Stories sell. Even if it's only a couple of sentences, that's what people are looking for in my store. Then you can add in smaller font, the materials. Part of the story can be about your process. Thus limiting the need for describing techniques.
I would look to see if there are any laws applying to labels. For instance here labels are supposed to have the contents, in order from most to least with percentages, and washing instructions. Hats and scarves were exempt for some reason. I have to check it again because they just redid them. I just have hand made felt on my hang tags. They are all the same. Then if I want to add anything I use a sticker label.
I've just survived 4 days straight at a Christmas market, specializing in locally produced crafts and foods. I had made a couple of wrist warmers where I could actually write not only the breed but also the name of the sheep on the tag. But I found that most potential customers don't take the time to read the tag. I found myself continuously explaining that this was made from a sheep named Hannah, or Thor, with an exceptionally soft fleece...etc. And then being asked "but is it made from wool?". Ehh... Yes. It's made from wool. So I guess the level of information depends on the customer. ;-)
It's not only the potential customers though... At the same market there was a vendor selling felted slippers - and lots of them, at a (in my view) rather low price. I asked what type of wool they had used, and she replied "eh... sheep's wool... from New Zealand, I think...". Not sure how "locally produced" they were (i.e. where they were felted) either...