As a small business, it has been worrying about what will happen if we leave Europe. I import spinning and weaving supplies and at the moment stock arrives with no country of origin VAT, no import duty and handling charges. So it could mean that prices will have to increase to cover any additional costs. So I have pallets of stock arriving next week hopefully to take me over the next few months of shows and sales.
There have inevitably been price increases on our Strauch products from the USA. The PLY subscription is now £50 as the number of pages has increased it is now the size of a booklet.
The next issue arrives this week.
There have also been price increases on some Ashford and Louet supplies.
I so enjoyed my holiday in Sri Lanka in early February, it was just what I needed having been ill for several weeks in the New Year. In particular, I enjoyed visiting Galle a UNESCO World Heritage site and the stunning architecture of the town. I loved all the carved wooden fretwork above doors and windows and the distressed paintwork. So I have lots of photographs to use as inspiration for some planned batik paintings.
Our spinning and weaving group for the Dales will start meeting again from the 16th of April. We meet from 6.30pm at our workshop. Please phone if you need more details.
Please look through the programme of special workshops at our unit in Reeth and special events, wool and textile shows. It’s going to be a really busy next 7 months and Sara and I look forward to meeting so many of you at the shows. It is great to put a face to the voice.
The Threshing Barn has been in business for nearly 25 years so we have a vast knowledge of our stock. Running a professional workshop open for retail and workshops is expensive. We do not sell cheaply on Ebay, Etsy or the internet from home. We believe in offering a service of advice, holding stock and spares. Many businesses take your business then order from the distributors, this is fine until the item is out of stock. Our craft workshops are fully insured with all electrical equipment PAT tested etc. I have a degree in Fine Art and have been teaching for over 40 years.