Etsy Feedback and a giveaway…. Now closed

I have received 500 positive feedbacks on the sales in my Etsy Shop! Wow!! You lot are so supportive and encouraging in what I thought would be a little dabble into the world of retail.

How things have moved on for me though, the first feedback I received was in April 2009, I can’t tell you how it felt to read it.  That feedback was essential for me to progress into the busy shop I have these days.  I was very nervous about selling my first fibre but it sold, slowly, and the feedback kept rolling in. in dribs and drabs and my confidence rose…

The first tops I dyed was not as well dyed as it is these days. It was such a steep learning curve but gradually, I have learnt to keep the fibre open and ready for spinning, some of it required no pre drafting, as the blends themselves keep the fibres free from compression* or even dare I say it felting!! There is nothing worse, in my opinion that trying to spin prettily dyed top that won’t give. I put loads of dyed fibre in the bin, to me it simply wasn’t worth the effort of trying to spin it. The ones that I did struggle with produced yarn that never pleased me.

*other than the normal compression caused by organising the top into a practical size for photos and storage purposes

I also learned to ‘cook’ my dyed fibres longer, until the dyes were fully exhausted, this was a tricky business, so many factors had to be realised, how long to soak the blends, how wet to leave it, how strong to make the dye for the depth of colour I was after. The cooking method….Different fibres and blends need different treatments…a lot of time and devotion to the craft has been spent getting to where I am today.

It is all part of the process of spinning for me, a luxurious hobby, I simply adore luxury blends and have many of my blends specially commissioned for Fluff-n-Stuff. I always ask for the fibres to be well blended into my tops, it makes everything work so much better. No sudden clumps of silk for example, which will suddenly pull away from you. Mind you, sometimes this is exactly what you want it to do, but I try and keep that experience for the arty batts I like to make from time to time.  Never do I use felted fibre for my batts either, the fibres look dull and becomes brittle and broken, not good for a drapey yarn with a sheen  from all the attentive spinning at all.  Simply not worth the effort of spinning in my opinion, I am more fussy than most, I have to say, and in the past I knew no better and probably put up with the problems associated with my poorly dyed fibres thinking it was my spinning technique, sometimes I was just too tired at the end of a spinning session to realise that I had been putting far to much effort into getting the yarn on the bobbin. I know better now…

Test spinning my blends is a real treat for me, as it is probably the only time I have for spinning at the moment Smile

Anyway, I feel we need to celebrate the fact that I have received 500 feedbacks so I have decided to hold a giveaway to say thank you to all my customers and future customers Winking smile

All you have to do is leave a comment to this post, even a smiley face will get you a place in the hat for a voucher for £30 to be used in my shop, which will continue to be filled with yummy things. I am on a real sewing kick at the moment so the voucher could be used towards one of my Double Interchangeable Needle Organisers or one of my lovely big tote bags, I love working with my customers to create something uniquely theirs, so you don’t even need to wait for me to put new stock in the shop, you can message me with whatever it is you’d like…..the decision will be up to the winner

This competition will close in one weeks time, 12noon, UK time on Friday 12th August which incidentally, happens to be my Birthday, such fun!! (in Miranda’s Mother’s voice)

I’ll leave you with my favourite photo of last Sunday taken at Wells-Next-The-Sea, simply because I don’t like posts without pictures haha

MAZ_5296 copy

Good luck! Oh and here’s the 500th feedback comment which I received yesterday on one of my Needle Organisers:-

“Gorgeous! The quality and workmanship is just exquisite! I love this product and this Etsy seller — so nice to work with and an amazing person.”

Aww, made me go all warm inside too Open-mouthed smile

About picperfic

I dye luxurious fibre blends for spinners and felters, and sew beautiful bags, project bags and needle/hook organisers to a very high standard, using designer fabrics and then I photograph them!
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58 Responses to Etsy Feedback and a giveaway…. Now closed

  1. norfolklass says:

    This shop produces the lovely fluff n stuff made by the most lovely person I know, and very happy to be able to call her my lovely friend Marianne xx

  2. Congratulations on your 500th positive feedback! I think it is a super achievement! 🙂

  3. knitlass says:

    Well done. Have missed your blog for a while because I hadn’t updated my blog feed. Good to see you are still knitting and spinning and sewing lovely things…

  4. Wow looks like we have a few coincidences going on here – I love wells next the sea, we are here in Cromer at the moment and it is my birthday on the 11th. I also have one of your batts at home waiting to be spun once I have emptied the bobbins!

    Such fun indeed!

  5. edithcone says:

    I love your blends and colours. I’m saving my stashed Fluff-n-Stuff fibres until my spinning skills are good enough to do them justice. Congratulations on the feedback milestone.

    • DyeSpinKnit says:

      What are you spinning with now? I learnt that if you spin some really good quality fibre, like in mariannes shop, your spinning will come on in leaps and bounds!

  6. Dianne says:

    Brilliant achievement, well done.

  7. Pat Austin says:

    Congratulations on your 500th feedback. It was lovely to meet you at fibre-east.

  8. DyeSpinKnit says:

    Congratulations! You know I love your fibres :0) what a big milestone!

  9. Pixie says:

    Congrats on your 500th feedback, your eye for colour shows through in all you do.. your AmaZing 😀

    I love my Marianne bags & fibre and would love more.. LOL

    Heres is to your next 500 😉

  10. ArdmoreLass says:

    Hallo Marianne, from a happy spinner in sunny Northants. Your fibres and colourways are always such a treat to spin and your needle organiser is really, really fab too. (I know exactly what you mean about trying to spin lousy fibres – that’s why I rushed straight to you at Fibre East 🙂 I just knew I wanted some more of your gorgeous products! ) Heaps of congratulations on your 500 positives and wishing you many, many hundreds more in the years ahead!
    PS. Have just seen your previous blog and I’ll definitely be there next year if you want me!

    • picperfic says:

      I probably will need you next year Joanna, Barry might just be holding a workshop there….so I’ll need someone else to shine the torch on the Twinkle!!

  11. Chris says:

    Well done Marianne, a fantastic and well deserved achievement.

  12. lorraine says:

    congrats! i wish i could get my etsy shop have some beautiful fiber in your shop!

  13. Betts says:

    Lovely stuff 🙂 Great to see it all in person at Fibre East

  14. LuvyJ says:

    I have always had beautiful fibre from you Marianne, and so far your fibre is the only one I have been knitting into a cardy!

  15. sussexyorkie says:

    Love the bags I have bought from you, am awaiting more going in the shop. x

  16. Katie says:

    Congratulations, and thanks for your support as I’ve ventured down this road…

  17. James perry says:

    well done Marianne :D! congrats on your booming business :D!

  18. I love drooling over your shops pretties!! Congrats on your 500th Positive!!! and Happy Birthday too!!!(just in case I forget later…)

  19. Anne says:

    Congratulations and well deserbed too I might say;onwards and ever upwards 😉

  20. syd says:

    Congratulations – and how exciting!! 🙂

  21. Emma says:

    You make lovely things, so deserve all the positive feedback.

  22. Patricia says:

    Truly well deserved feedback.Well done and Happy Birthday next week my lovely friend.x

  23. marianne says:

    As beautiful as your fibres and bags and and and.. are, and they truly are beautiful, they still cannot hold a light to your personal beauty. Congratulations, Muk, and long may your fluffs be created! :^)

  24. Carrie says:

    I love the picture of the beach huts! I have an early version of your needle organisers and I love it 🙂 x

  25. knittynutter says:

    happy 500th…..
    well deserved..
    gorgeous fluff and goodies, have my eye on the brown needle case !!

  26. Knitcave says:

    I can still remember seeing your fibre for the first time. You had dyed some humbug with pastel colours leaving plenty of the natural fibre available. I still regret not buying it. Since then I have made sure not to miss out and have enjoyed watching you grow.

  27. Congratulations on your 500th positive feedback, It’s difficult to earn that kind of reputation for excellent products and service, you must be very proud. The shop has some lovely fibers that just might hop the pond. Happy Upcoming Birthday! Mine was a couple weeks ago, but I”m not sure the party is over yet! I hope yours is as wonderful as mine has been.

  28. Well done Marianne… I am so impressed with how you have progressed and worked at all of this, to keep producing different ideas and products is inspiring….

    Best wishes Shani

  29. I have just popped over to see where my first comments were… and I bought something from you on the 31st March 2009 – and was delighted with it… 😉

  30. Congratulations Marianne, it really shows that you care about all the many different things you create (children included!) so all the feedback is well-deserved.


  31. gardeneralke says:

    500! Congratulations! That’s not a small accomplishment….

  32. WOW up to 500 already? It seems like only yesterday when you started, congratulations! I love ALL your stuff and avidly look at all you posts for inspiration. I know how hard it is to dye wool so take my hat off to you as it is all too easy to felt it! Roll on the next 500. XX Shazspun

  33. Marja says:

    Your fibre was the first thing I spun and knit with! Gorgeous stuff from a lovely lady I’m happy to call my friend 🙂 Just filled up my red with polka dot lined purse with my knitting tools as well 🙂

  34. Many Congratulations .. an achievement to be very proud of. Thank you for the opportunity of being in the hat with such a generous giveaway.
    Carole x

  35. Darcy B says:

    Congratulations on all the positive feedback!

  36. Sunsun says:

    Well done Marinanne! You really deserve those nice feedback!

  37. Susan says:

    I’ve been thinking all week that fibres dyed in the colours of your photos of Norfolk would be fantastic! consider that a request!


  38. josiekitten says:

    I have popped into your shop several times after admiring some of your fibre spun up by a friend of mine (Minniemoll). I am seriously tempted to treat myself to some as a summer holiday present!!

  39. Robin Crittenden says:

    well I couldn’t not leave you a comment. I think from the looks of everything you do that you are one talented gal. Love the picture. What are the little houses? for changing your clothes?

    • picperfic says:

      The darling little houses are called Beach Huts, people spend their summer’s in them as some of them have beds in there and they have little stoves to make cups of tea…very British!!

  40. Krystal says:

    Congrats on establishing yourself! Very encouraging for others considering starting up 🙂

  41. indigobird says:

    Congratulations, from a very happy little customer! 🙂 Your fibre is always a pleasure to spin, and your blends and colourways are so beautiful. You’ll be celebrating 1000 before you know it I’m sure! 🙂

  42. Jules Wallace says:

    I have loved your fluff since I started spinning in 2010 and have been given other fluff to work with but it doesn’t spin as nice as yours does, You are so talented in all the things you do and work hard to produce a consistent quality, Looking forward to the next installment of the fibre club. You so deserve all the positive praise and recognition.
    Take care and have a lovely birthday. xx

  43. AnnaT says:

    Well done Marianne. After spending the day with your yesterday, and seeing all the lovely colours in your dyeing – you so deserve the positive feedback! And since I can’t resist – looking forward to joining your fibre club some time soon!

  44. morgaine says:

    same as everyone else, you *deserve* the positive comments, honeybun, cos your stuff is just gorgeous. and it’s really interesting reading about your dyeing journey (especially as i’ve spent the past few days failing dismally at dyeing stuff, cos it’s not flippin’ easy!).

    here’s to the next 500 lovely comments.

    D’arsey xx

  45. I kneel before Marianne’s fibre. That’s all you need to know.

    Hearts to all of you!

    Shep x

  46. ikkinlala says:

    Congratulations – it’s well-deserved, I’m sure!

  47. Ana Watts says:

    Congratulations! and Happy Birthday on Friday!
    Beautiful Shop. Well done.

  48. Happy Birthday! Have a lovely day – I did yesterday Sx

  49. dawn says:

    Beautiful shop and beautiful fibres, now to save some pennies!
    Congratulations on your success xxx

  50. Rosanna says:

    I’m so glad you got into making spinning/knitting things 🙂 I’ve loved everything you’ve created, I hope it continues!

  51. Mulene says:

    congrats 🙂 you deserve lots of good things your way – I love your work 🙂

  52. Jen says:

    Congratulations. I love your stuff and wish I had more space to devote to it

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