This week, in between running the online concertina hat class, I have been working on a commission from New Calendonia, I confess I had to look up where that is, and turns out it is in the Pacific, off the east coast of Australia! I don’t think I could pick a location further away if I tried! 🙂
We have been making good use of the translator function offered by Etsy (my customer speaks French) and I think it is working well, but its a little bit nerve-wracking not knowing how much is getting lost in translation. She asked for a rainbow version of this hat:
This was the sketch I sent to check we were on the same wavelength:
I spent most of this weekend working on it and this is the finished hat, still drying:
The second concertina hat class is progressing really well, we have such a talented group of felt-makes I can’t wait to share some photos of their work with you, I am so proud of them all! 🙂
Finally, a word of caution for anyone selling to customers in Germany, I have been working with a customer in Germany to contest a DHL customs charge for nearly 50% the cost of the goods I sent her, it appears they have decided the UK is no longer a part of the EU and therefore, subject to customs fees. My customer is understandably angry and I am more than a little annoyed with the half-wits at Deutsche Post. If you are selling to Germany, you might want to forewarn your customers of this potential issue.
Update: Deutsche Post have acknowledged they made a mistake and said they will forward the parcel which is now more than a week late 🙁
Wow Teri, that is a great hat !!!!! Love that hat, I can imagine it took you the whole weekend!! Lovely, really the rainbow !!
Thank you Viltmaaraan, I am pleased with how it turned out 🙂
The rainbow hat is brilliant! I’m sure your customer will be delighted – it’s exactly like your sketch.
I hope so Lyn, but if not, I have lots of Christmas Fairs coming up!
Thanks Galina 🙂
Wow, now that’s a hat. Looks like you did a little planning 🙂
I had no idea where New Calendonia is either.
Glad you got the German customs thing worked out. Otherwise it would be painful trying to sell to your neighboring countries.
Just a little, I’d much rather be felting than drawing 🙂 I’m a bit worried how Germany will respond when the UK does actually leave the EU, it will be a shame if I have to stop selling there just because German Customs feels the need to punish the UK by charging their own citizens Customs penalties.
Awesome hat Teri. I’m sure your customer will love it.
I’m looking forward to seeing your new class hats.
Thanks Marilyn, there are some amazing hats, I think they will make you smile 🙂