Meet the Vendors – Part Two

It’s all about the details – and here are some tips I learned from the vendors that I can’t wait to share with my students!  Teachable moments like these will keep your customers coming back for more….

Julie Creuz of La Todera

Julie is the expert in three dimensional flowers in the industry.  Many of her patterns are great Make and Takes for your Christmas Open Houses.  Teach them how to make one – no machines required – and they will be making them for everyone on their gift list:  //

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Aurifil Threads

Threads have taken on a life of their own – and the folks at Aurifil have all of the answers!  When should you use a 50 weight; 40 weight; 12 weight – cotton or polyester – and why!  They have it all:  //

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Phyllis and Mitch Meiring of In the Patches

Phyllis has taught me that packaging DOES matter – and her wools are packaged so expertly that customers just can’t resist.  If you are hesitant about getting into wools, try the chunks.  These assortments are created for specific holidays and seasons:  //  (That is Renee – their assistant buyer sandwiched between them!)

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Gudrun Erla of GE Designs

Gudrun has that unique ability to transition between Modern and Traditional so her designs appeal to everyone!  In her new book, for instance, she creates a circle effect using a traditional Cathedral Window technique:  //

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Roland Burdion of Bosal

If you aren’t stocking their pre-cut placemats in every size, you are missing sales – plain and simple.  They were literally flying out the door!  A set of four is less than a yard of fabric:  //

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These vendors shared enough ideas and tips to fill an entire roster of classes and demos…..but there are more…..