Today something happened that I have wanted to happen for over a year. I found the perfect person to help me assemble my potholders. It was Nancy who lead us to each other. I first met Kim in a drumming class over the summer. She’s fun and likable. She laughs a lot and is easy going. When Nancy told me she sewed professionally for years and might be looking for some extra work, I knew she was the right person.
Kim came to my studio this morning and we agreed on the important things. That work should be enjoyable, and how much she should be paid. I showed her how I put a potholder together and she picked it up in a second, as if she had done it a million times. Kim has no desire to design the potholders either. This is so perfect, I didn’t want to work with someone who really wanted to be doing something else. Assembling is what Kim likes to do. I told her how my favorite part of putting the potholders together was turning them right-side-in after they were all stitched together and seeing what each one looked like with rounded edges and puffy from the batting. She knew exactly what I meant.
The other great thing about Kim is that she will be our neighbor when we move. I’ll be able to drop off and pick up my work in minutes. (that’s a big deal up here were almost everything is at least 1/2 hour away)
So what does this mean for me? It means I get to do what I love to do most, create. I can design twice as many potholders in a day. Then I’ll give them to Kim and she’ll do her part. I’ll still be doing the hand stitching to close up the bottom of the potholder and doing the top stitching. So I’ll be making and implementing all the creative decisions. And what does this mean for you? It means I’ll be able to keep up with your requests for potholders, especially for the Holiday season. It’s one of those things that benefits everyone.
So today I designed 17 potholders. After Kim finishes her part, I’ll let you know and if anyone is looking for a potholder, I’ll have some ready for you.