Yes I make sock monkeys
just in case you have no idea what they are as often people don’t ?
They are monkeys made out of socks not teddies monkeys they take me a while to make because I don’t want them to fall apart and I like them to look right ! This can be a problem if I don’t like what I make I have to redo my mistake. I never started out to be a monkey maker it just happened one day the first time I had a go to make one just for fun many years ago. I first saw a sock monkey on Facebook and thought I must have one of them love them. I did buy one but thought I had to make one can’t be that hard me being a crafty person. So. Found some socks I didn’t wear and set to having a go hand sewing to get an idea I looked on you tube and found a great tutorial on how to make a sock monkey. My first sock monkey was born then I was itching to make more it was fun. I didn’t make them to sell till a lot later was busy with my little bag charm business but kept showing odd ones on my Facebook page and people liked them. I found my self making more monkeys and less charms felt it was more me ! Loved making the charms but they was getting more complicated I was designing some lovely work but people didn’t want to pay high prices for something you hang on your bag. I had rented a office lovely space to do my work and it felt like a real job going to work every day was the best feeling being my own boss doing what I loved making things something I had always wanted To do.
Through no fault of my own I had to give up my space and move back home so decorated one of my bedrooms and made it my craft room. I started making more sock monkeys and did craft fairs people loved them. This will be my fourth year making them but things have slowed down a lot now ! I was never been with out orders but found the demand to much as I have got older but still making them Just at my own pace. I have learned a lot about having my own business not just my self taut making monkeys but everything that goes with it ! I don’t think people understand the hard work that goes in to hand made the hours staying up late so you didn’t let people down and then they let you down. Searching for supply’s for that special pair of socks someone had to have for there monkey. Pricing because you don’t want to charge to much but they just took two days to make and still haven’t done the tags. Taking photos getting the right shots so you can show your monkey fans. Hoping someone will buy but not when you haven’t any stock and lots of commissions. That all sounds strange but there’s only you can make them how you want them.
People start to think there’s something wrong with you hiding away in the house, Never going out except to the post office. Only having the monkeys to talk to it can send you mad. I don’t just make monkeys as you know if you have read my blogs. But just wish people will read this and realise I don’t just make monkeys and work hard at what I do. Please keep reading if you’re interested in knowing more about handmade Business it may help you if your planning to have one of your own .
thanks for reading julie
I wanted to add something to this it’s sad to say but last few months I have hardly made any monkeys as other things have occupied my time. So monkeys have been put to one side but not for gotten. I have started selling second hand and vintage soft toys and plan to include my monkeys along side. Just means I can still make a living and still carry on with what I love doing . Still be lots of monkey adventures and fun so keep watching thank you .