Monday, October 12, 2015

One Year Anniversary Reflections

We have almost reached the one year anniversary of Fiber Rhythm's retail shop. I see that other than the Fashion Illustration class (which I finished, it was fun), I still have all the other "Currently Working On" items "in progress". I put that in quotations because very little real progress has been made on those items. But that will change soon.

I just didn't truly understand how much time the Retail part of the business would take.

As time goes on, I see how there will always be constant evaluation of the products we carry, learning more about who our customers are and what they want. It requires constant attention and a willingness to learn.

I have to say that I am loving it! It lets me express myself in various ways that the primarily online business didn't really do.

I've enjoyed re-arranging, selecting product, expanding areas of the business-- supporting weavers, carrying a wider variety of skein yarns, changing the hand-made-and-local product mix. While retaining the shop's calm and colorful charm.

I have always been a numbers/accountant/spreadsheet gal, and the retail part of the business really feeds that.

As a computer gal (IBM for almost 30 years), I still get to work on the website occasionally, which I enjoy.

I do not have the natural marketing gene that gets me motivated to be on social media, setting up and promoting events. There is still a lot to do in that regard. But I'm working on it.

I am starting to feel like the basics are truly in place and I'll be able to spend more of my days making. So I'll have more of my projects to post about here!

Cool. Loving Life and looking forward to the next year!

Monday, October 20, 2014

New SE Portland Yarn Store and Boutique opening!

We are finally out of the basement!  Fiber Rhythm Craft & Design will be opening for regular business hours starting this Friday, October 24th at 11 am. Our hours will be Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 6pm.  We've got space in the Brooklyn Business Center right on Milwaukie Ave just south of Powell Blvd.

The address is: 3701 SE Milwaukie Ave, Suite F, Portland, OR 97202

YARNS: we have our Double Bambu yarn, Silk City Fiber's Bambu7 and 12 (cones) and the Metlon reflective yarn (Retroglo) that I have always carried and have in the online store.  We have added an Oregon dyer's (Art by Eve) Betsy, Emma and Anne yarns along with her limited edition Oregon raised yarns. We'll also be carrying Classic Cotton, Donegal Tweed and Tara Tweed from Tahki Stacy Charles.  (The tweeds work well with the reflective yarn)

BOUTIQUE: we have Art by Eve's (hand crafted in Wilsonville) felted soaps, scarves, cowls and shawls (and some kits). We are in the process of stocking jewelry, hand bags and woven items from other local artists/crafts-people.

HALLWAY ART GALLERY: we have Sam Hall Photography in the first showing (mostly nature photographs)

RENTAL ROOMS/EQUIPMENT: Renting by the hour: Sewing room with Pfaff home sewing machine and White Serger; Knitting Machine room with choice of Toyota and Brother mid and standard gauge KMs and a Erlbacher Gearhart Circular reproduction Sock Machine.  Ideal for those who just don't have the equipment or don't have room to keep it set up.

Lots going on!  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Moving Sale!

We're moving the studio to a new space that will allow us to have direct retail as well as online with studio space in the back.... sooooo looking forward to it. We've been painting for 3 days-- I think one more will do it!

While we are prepping for the move, we'd love to reduce inventory (less to move), so the moving sale continues through this Saturday (the 23rd).

Here's a link to our email about it:
Or go directly to Fiber Rhythm online.

25 to 40% off all physical items!