After a recent blog, a friend asked me if I were being sponsored because I mentioned brand names and suppliers so often. She meant it as a joke, but I started to think about why I do usually say where I sourced things from. I came to the conclusion that it is because so many craft blogs and pages I read are American. They have fantastic craft superstores such as Joanne’s and Michael’s where there are endless choices and low prices. We just don’t have an equivalent. Hobbycraft is okay, but is often out of stock. So, I tend to say, particularly if it is a high street chain, where I found things. It’s really frustrating if you want to make something and can’t get the materials. If you do go to Etsy or to a US website you can end up paying double in postage and customs and handling charges, which makes a cheap item quite expensive. I try and put things on here that people could have a go at and could find the equipment for if they wanted.
Having said all that, if Tiger, Marimekko, IKEA or Bernina, Madeira or Liberty do want to sponsor me, I am more than willing to talk.