Making Clothespin Dolls - The Lost Art

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Making clothespin dolls is a bit of a lost art.

When people think of clothespins, they usually envision laundry hanging on the line. That is, of course, the original use of these wooden items. But did you know that these can be used to bring characters from books, history, even your own weird relatives to life?

I started creating clothespin dolls several years back when I was in need of some dolls for a fabulous dollhouse that my husband had built as a gift for a family member. I couldn't find what I wanted, so I took matters in my own hands and came up with my own ideas. That is how Uneek Doll Designs came into being.

I admit I am pretty new at selling crafts online. I never considered doing it before. But now, I feel in the short time I have been in business, I have learned a few things, modest though they may be, and I would like to share a small portion of them.

First, have some stock ready. A sparse shop doesn't appeal as well as one that has a good selection to choose from, and don't forget to promote!

Handmade clothespin dolls

Secondly, be ready with good packaging and shipping techniques. I learned the hard way that you really have to make sure the item is sent in the best way possible to get it to the customer in one piece.

Thirdly, remember your manners! I know, I sound like a mother. In a word, I am a mother of four teens and you'd be surprised how many people in selling and crafting forums and communities will moan and complain, and treat others rudely. They seem to forget they are being watched at all times, and how they act and treat others is absolutely a reflection on them as a seller.

My last and final tidbit of crafts selling wisdom is to never act as if you have all the answers. You don't, and I, for one, never stop trying to learn from others more savvy than I at the crafting business.

Ask for help when needed, and give help humbly when you can. These are ways I have learned to help my craft business get better!

Guest author Debbie Ritter is the owner of Uneek Doll Designs where she designs miniature characters created from clothespins. You can see her truly unique clothespin dolls inspired by literary and historical figures at her Etsy shop:

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