The true main reason for moving this website was to get into a better shop. Etsy is a wonderful platform especially when starting out but once you are paying them over $30/month in fees it's time to start considering moving to a dedicated platform. But the real impetus for me moving my shop (because I'm inherently lazy) was that Etsy no longer listened to me and they made it harder for me to do business. I couldn't put products in multiple categories, could only have 10 categories and they insisted on printing an obnoxious recycling message on customer invoices. I don't think customers should be given tasks, they should be thanked. Period. But the final straw was when I wanted to sell glass. I could not have 2 shops on one account. I had to set up a new email address specifically for the second shop.
That was enough for me. So when I was sidelined with my knee I took a few days to test out platforms (Shopify, Squarespace, GoDaddy and Weebly). Shopify was easy to set up but it blew up my browser every time I tried to add a product. After 3 hours on Squarespace I still didn't have one page configured. They could not make the process more convoluted. GoDaddy required too much work to integrate a bunch of separate components. Weebly, on the other hand, was a breeze. In 3 hours I had 10 pages configured and their support is amazing! This site is the result and here's why.
Most importantly, I can have as many different "shops" as I need. I have my fabric, glass and minuscule soap shop right under the SHOP button.
In Etsy I loved that there was a feedback mechanism and I've added the ability for customers to leave feedback here too. It's right at the top of the Fabric Shop page. If you've used my fabric in the past I'd love for you to leave a comment for other buyers.
Now that I have unlimited categories you can now search by color! I'm sure I will have to expand the color categories but at least there's some ability to search by color. I also can separate custom order in a new category so that they are easier to find too.
But the best part is that I can easily show you what's new! Also items can be in multiple categories. The Shades, Gradients and Stash Packs that are always on sale can now also be found in the Shades, Gradients and Stash Packs categories.
Take a look around and let me know what you think. Meanwhile here are some new fabrics added this week. These are not in the Etsy shop . The Etsy shop will remain active for many months not all fabrics will be added there.
Here's a little sneak peek to give you an idea of the fabrics that will be new in the shop next week!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.