Take a Crafty (or Biz) Class with Me at Stitch Lab!

Hey Austin, looking for some fun crafty classes to take this spring? I have a few new ones I am teaching at Stitch Lab. I’d love to see your smiling face there.


ALTERED ART PICTURE FRAME SHRINE
Sunday, May 9, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Have you been waiting for the perfect way to showcase your favorite photo? Why not make it a custom altered art shrine? Instructor Jennifer Perkins will bring all the kitschy and crafty supplies you need. A suitcase full of vintage postcards, wrapping paper and wallpaper. Different shrine options. Trinkets and treasures galore ranging from figurines to filigrees. Paint, decoupage, glue – all you need to bring is your special photo and your creativity.

8 students per class, one 3-hour class
$75 per student
Supply list provided upon enrollment


CRAFTY BUSINESS SEMINAR
Saturday, March 27, 11:00 – 3:00 PM

Sunday, April 11, 12:30 – 4:30 PM

Monday, May 24, 6:00 – 10:00 PM

Jennifer Perkins is offering an incredible opportunity to learn from her own experiences in the craft business world, sharing valuable information in her Crafty Business Seminar designed to take your casual crafting or small craft business to the next level. This hugely popular seminar is divided into three sections: Start Up, Marketing and Taking It to the Next Level.

Starting Your Crafty Business Did you know you could have your own craft business up and running in under an hour? Signing up for Etsy is that easy. Or do you think a traditional website is the right angle for you? May take a little longer, but it is not a whole lot trickier. Once you have your business all set up the next steps are letting the world know, networking and making some sales. This class will you give the run down on getting started!

Marketing Your Crafty Business The success of your business is 40% what you make and 60% how you market it. Not yet signed up for Twitter? Don’t have a blog? Not swapping swag with other crafters? You could be missing out on easy, crucial and often free ways to promote your crafty business. Whether you knit booties or solder jewelry this class will help you understand the best avenues to market your small business. (Instructor: Jennifer)

Taking Your Crafty Business to the Next Level Things are running along smoothly with your small crafty business, but you want to know what else the world has to offer. How do people get product lines, book deals and TV shows? There is no secret formula, but Jennifer Perkins has experience in all three areas and will tell you what she knows.

10 students per class, one 4-hour class
$125 per student
Supply list provided upon enrollment


CRAFTY DIVERSIFICATION
Sunday, April 4, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Jennifer Perkins has been self employed since 2001 running her business Naughty Secretary Club. Long ago she realized the importance of diversifying your streams of crafty income. Jennifer is a writer, product tester, TV hostess, blogger, teacher, consultant – and you thought she just made a living making and selling jewelry. Are you selling online, at events and wholesale to stores? Did you know some people make a living off of their blogs? You could be getting paid to use Twitter. Ease the pressure of having to make and sell something as your only source of income and quit your day job that much sooner. From writing magazine articles to product endorsements there is more than one way to skin that finical crafty cat and you should investigate and try all of them.

10 students per class, one 2-hour class
$60 per student


WHISTLE AT WORK NECKLACE
Saturday, May 1, 9:00 – 12:00 PM
Straight from the pages of The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry make your own Whistle at Work Necklace. Learn how to use unusual objects in your jewelry, how to use a hand drill and how to wire wrap – all in one class!

Jennifer will supply everything you need to make your own version of the Whistle Work Necklace including a suitcase full of vintage beads and charms for you to choose from, a colorful array of plastic flowers and of course some wee little gnomes.

6 students per class, one 3-hour class
$60 per student
Supply list provided upon enrollment


HANDMADE HYPE
Sunday, May 23, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Did you know if you search for the term “purse” on Etsy over 8,000 options come up? How do you make your bag/bracelet/book stand out from the rest? By creating Handmade Hype. If you don’t create you own handmade hype, who will? This 2 hour marketing intensive class will discuss techniques for creating buzz for your small business, craft event and book through various avenues such as social networking, blogging and swag. Learn what a look book is and how to use it, what advertising options are best for your business, how to get editorial coverage and more.

Jennifer Perkins is not only a jewelry designer and all around crafty lady, she also loves marketing. Naughty Secretary Club jewelry has been featured in Bust, Elle Accessories, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire and more. Her business has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Inc, Fortune Small Business and Indie Biz Chicks among others – all without the help of a press agent and through her own Handmade Hype.

10 students per class, one 2-hour class
$60 per student

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