An Etsy Giveaway: All about linen with LinenArtisan

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Hello! I can finally introduce you the Linen Artisan! Margarita Rodriguez is the busy woman behind Linen Artisan, her Etsy shop, and her blog Taller de Lino. I met Margartia through the Etsy Ireland Team group. She lives in Ireland but she still keeps strong connections with Catalonia… and here she is telling you more about herself.

Hola! per fi tinc el gust de poder-vos presentar l’artesana del lli, la Margarita Rodriguez de Linen Artisan. Vaig conèixer la Margarita a través del grup d’Etsy Ireland. La Margarita té un peu a Catalunya i l’altre a Irlanda… i aquí ens explica una mica el que fa. Llegiu més avall l’entrevista en català.

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Hello, My name is Margarita and I’m a linen artisan. I started as “Taller de Lino”  writing my blog in Spanish, since it was aimed to any Spanish speaker. That enabled me to sell all around Spain. In the little village where I used to live, in the Montseny area, all the neighbours knew me and used to come to my studio.

I have now a small Etsy shop that has opened my door to the English speaking world. Etsy has been a big discovery for me, I can’t stop learning from it and I have met a lot of people. People like Irina and other quilters, for example, that have converted me into a fabricoholic and a patchwork addict…! I have a lot of books, a lot of information, but I also need more time…
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When did you start to become interested in linen?
I became interested in linen since the day I visited a factory and its looms. I’ve always worn linen and natural fibres. I feel they describe the way I am. I am also a vegetarian and I feel that with my work it is important to spread the ideals of fair trade and sustainability.
Which is the first project you made with linen?
It was a commissioned  project, a pair of laced curtains for a customer in Barcelona.
What can we find in your shop?
The work I do is very varied and it covers mainly everything for the house. My laced curtains are probably the best known, with different types of stitching such as the hemstitch and draw-thread embroidery. I also take commissions.
How can we know if the linen we buy is of good quality?
You can see the good quality of linen in the way it falls, its shine and its touch. People are often sold ramie as linen and are totally unaware of this. Good linen comes from the vegetable plant when reaches about 1.5m high. When it is harvested and let to dry it produces a spinning fiber of very high quality with its unique shine and touch (which a shorter plant wouldn’t produce). Its shine results from a wax found in the inside of the stem. Just like with good wine,  the soil plays an important role too.
What tips can you give us when buying linen?
When buying linen, you should look out for its density, its weight and  the number of threads per unit of measure:
oz/yd2 = ounces per squared yard
An easy way to convert gr/m2 to oz/yd2:
divide the gr/m2 by 33.906
And to determine gr/m2 from oz/yd2 multiple by 33.906.
I don’t sell linen by the yard but if anybody is interested I would be able to sell one or two yards of high quality linen.
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Is there any book about linen that you could recommend?
I cannot recommend any book about linen itself but I can highly recommend the website of the European Industry of Linen, they’re the masters and it won’t disappoint you. There is information about where and how it is harvested, about its many uses for anything, from building material to furniture. I also have some information in my own blog, Taller de Lino.
There are a few books on how to make projects with linen which I adore, “Petit point and Toils de Lin”  by Majorie Massey, “Fabric inspirations” by Kate French and “Linen Craft” by Florence La Maux.
What was your first purchase in Etsy?
My first purchase were 3 drawings for myself, from a Cork based artist. The second purchase was a Christmas present. Now I try to buy everything I can in Etsy, from things for the home like homemade soap from Cork, to any of the materials I need to make my own projects.
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Name a shop you like in Etsy
There are so many I like that I won’t pick one. I just can say that it has been such a great discovery of human creativity. We all have artists and musicians we admire, but there are so many other talented people around Etsy who make the most beautiful things… this is what I think it’s the best. I also admire some shops for their exquisite way of presenting their goods, even though I might not be a fan of their products I like the way they look.
What advise would you give to somebody who is thinking of setting up an Etsy shop?
Go for it. It’s an easy way to make yourself known to the world. Maybe you won’t sell a lot at first, but it is a good way of publicity. I think it is a more personal way than doing it through Facebook, for example. In Etsy, you can contact people from all around the world and if you have an unusual product or you know how to make your items to stand out, you’ll be able to benefit later on with many visits and probably lots of sales.
With Etsy you have the chance to make good publicity and marketing your goods with the help of their very well organised team.
It is hard work to make yourself known as a crafter, it either takes money or time, or both.
I also sell on other on-line markets, but they don’t have as much information as Etsy provides.
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Scroll down if you want to enter Margarita’s generous giveaway
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Hola! Em dic Margarita i sóc artesana del lli. Vaig començar amb el nom de “Taller de Lino ” perquè el meu blog va dirigit a  qualsevol persona castellano-parlant, d’aquesta manera he pogut fer vendes per tota Espanya. Al poble on vivia, al Parc del Montseny, els veïns em coneixien i venien al meu estudi-taller.
Ara, des de fa 1 any, sóc “Linen artisan” i estic molt contenta d’ obrir-me al món anglo-parlant, mai ho hagués imaginat!
Tinc una modesta botiga a Etsy que  ha obert la porta de la meva artesania al món, per dir-ho d’alguna manera. Per a mi ha estat un descobriment, mai s’acaba d’aprendre, i com que sóc molt inquieta això em dona molta vida.
Per si fós poc, conec dones com la Irina i d’altres que m’heu enganxat al patchwork i ara sóc una fabric-hòlica…se’n diu així? Ja no puc parar… Tinc informació  i  llibres per tot arreu… vull aprendre però em falten hores!
Quan vas començar a interessar-te pel lli?
1- Em vaig interessar pel lli, a nivell “artesanal” quan vaig visitar una fàbrica i els seus telers. Abans ja el vestia , las fibres vegetals són molt importants per a mi , sóc vegetariana i amb el meu treball és important difondre comerç sostenible i comerç just per a humans i no-humans.
Quin és el primer projecte que vas fer?
 El primer projecte que vaig cobrar eren un visillos per  una client de Barcelona.
Què podem trobar a la tea botiga?
La meva feina és molt variada… ho faig tot per a la casa, potser el més característic són els visillos amb “hemstitch” i “drawn-thread embroidery” , també faig encàrrecs.
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Com podem saber si el lli que comprem és de bona qualitat?
La bona qualitat del lli es nota amb la caiguda, el brillo i el tacte, però estem tan acostumats a que ens venguin ràmia a canvi que potser ens passa per alt.
El bon lli és el resultat d’una planta vegetal de 1 ,5 m d’alt, quan es sega i es deixa assecar, es fa una filatura de bona qualitat que no té la fibra més curta i que dona un teixit d’un brillo i un tacte inconfundible. El brillo és el resultat d’una cera a l’interior de la tija de la planta. Com amb el bon vi, el subsòl també és important.
Quins consells ens pots donar abans de decidir-nos a comprar el lli?
Quan comprem lli el més important es conèixer la densitat, sabrem el pès i la trama (urdimbre) que són el nombre de fils per unitat de mesura:
g/m2 = grams per metre quadrat
per Anglesos i americans :

oz/yd2 = ounces per squared yard

A la meva botiga no venc lli a metres , doncs no soc supplier, no obstant si algú en necessita 1m o 2m  i es aprop, li puc servir.
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Hi ha algun llibre sobre el lli que puguis recomenar?
Un llibre tècnic sobre el lli no el puc pas recomanar, ja que sóc totalment autodidacta… però he après molt a la pàgina web de la Industria Europea del Lli, els “Masters of Linen”,  no us decebrà. Hi ha informació de com i a on es conreu, de las investigacions tècniques que es fan amb el lli per tal que sigui una fibra tècnica com la del carbó (i sembla que pot ser millor), de com és utilitzada ara per a tot tipus de construcció i mobiliari. És molt interessant.
Quant a llibres a nivell de costura i decoració amb lli són la meva passió, en tinc uns quants a l’estudi:
“Petit point and Toils de Lin”  de la Majorie Massey, “Fabric inspirations” de la Kate French, i “Linen Craft” de la Florence La Maux
Quina va ser la teva primera compra a Etsy?
La meva primera compra a Etsy va ser per a mi: 3 dibuixos d’un il.lustrador de Cork. La segona va ser  un regal de Nadal i ara ja compro tot el que puc, tant per a casa, com sabó artesà de Cork, com qualsevol matèria prima per al meu taller.
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Ens pots anomenar una botiga d’Etsy que t’agradi molt?
No puc dir només una botiga o dos en concret, prefereixo no fer-ho…
eEl que puc dir és que va ser un descobriment per a mi de gran magnitud de creativitat humana, del que som capaços de fer… coneixes músics i artistes que admires, però saber de gent corrent a Etsy i que fa coses meravelloses ha estat important per mi.
També admiro algunes botigues que tenen una manera de presentar exquisita. Potser el seu producte no m’interessa tant però m’agrada el gust amb que el presenten, que també és molt important.
Quin consell donaries a algú que està pensant en obrir una botiga a Etsy?
Puc aconsellar que s’hi llencin… que és una manera de donar-se a conèixer molt fàcil. Encara que al principi no es vengui tant, es dóna com a referència, és un aparador…  Per a mi és més útil i més racional que fer-ho a Facebook  per als coneguts. A Etsy, contactes amb gent de tot el món, i si tens un producte poc corrent o el saps diferenciar bé tindràs visites i reconeixement i més tard potser més vendes… Amb Etsy, tens la oportunitat de fer marketing  i publicitat i un equip molt ben organitzat que et fa recomanacions.
Donar-te a conèixer com a artesà naturalment dona feina… o gastes diners en publicitat o gastes temps.
Estic a altres botigues on-line però no hi ha  tanta informació ni tanta divulgació com a Etsy.
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SORTEIG

Moltes gràcies Margarita per venir a parlar-nos sobre el lli i la teva artesania i moltes gràcies també per oferir un dels teus articles per a sortejar entre les lectores (o lectors) d’aquest post.
Per poder participar en el sorteig d’una bossa de lli com la que veieu més amunt, amb la vostra inicial brodada a punt de creu, només cal fer el següent:
Sorteig tancat.

 

El sorteig tancarà el dilluns 22 de Juliol al vespre i escollirem el guanyador amb ramdom.org. Deiexeu el vostre correu electronic per poder contactar amb vosaltres! Durant la resta de Juliol i tot el mes d’Agost, la Margarita fa un 20% de descompte a la seva botiga amb el codi SUMMERTIME.

MISSATGE DE LA MARGARITA:
Moltes gràcies Irina ,
Gracies pels vostres comentaris! Nomes volia afegir que ofereixo un 5% més a totes les lectores d’aquest blog, és a dir, que teniu 25% de descompte a la meva botiga fins a finals d’Agost, amb el codi BLOGGERFRIEND.
Podeu fer servir els dos codis si voleu, SUMMERTIME i BLOGGERFRIEND.
Una manera de donar-vos les gracies!
 
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GIVEAWAY

Thank you Margarita for telling us all about linen and for sharing one of your items to giveaway.
If you’d like to win one of these beautiful handmade linen bags, with your initial embroidered on it, all you have to do is the following:
This giveaway is now closed. 
This giveaway is open until the 22nd of July. We’ll choose a winner thorugh random.org, so make sure to leave your email address to we can contact you. If you do love Margarita’s items and can’t wait to see if you win… You can have 20% off all of her items during the rest of July and the whole month of August using the code SUMMERTIME.
UPDATE:
Moltes gràcies Irina ,
Thank you all for your comments , really appreciated!
Only that I was thinking to offer an extra 5% off in my shop for those who are here with the coupon code : BLOGGERFRIEND.  That means you have 25% until late August …a way to say ‘Thanks Irina and all of you ‘!
It is possible to enter the 2 coupon codes above at check out, no problem! SUMMERTIME plus BLOGGERFRIEND
Thank you for reading and taking part in the giveaway!
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23 Comments

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23 responses to “An Etsy Giveaway: All about linen with LinenArtisan

  1. buntyw

    I love Margarita’s linen shoulder bag!
    Thank you for introducing us to her Irina!

  2. Michele T

    Beautiful shop!! I love the Quilt Charm Tiffany Lap Throw Quilt Blanket – it is gorgeous!!! Thanks for the chance!

  3. Michele T

    I liked El Petit Taller on FB – thanks for an extra chance!!

  4. Bonnie Larson

    I love the handstitched table cloths and runners. they are gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing

  5. Beth

    Those bath towels are beautiful – although I think I would be afraid to use them!

  6. Beth

    Long time fan on facebook!

  7. barbara corbitt

    i love the quilted messenger bag it is so beautiful!! babscorbitt@gmail.com

  8. barbara corbitt

    i already liked on facebook babscorbitt@gmail.com

  9. Beautiful! I LOVE this and “liked” on facebook!! 🙂

  10. wow.. what a great esty shop.. especially those pretty drawn thread towel with initials on them. they are very elegant looking. thank you for the information and great post.

  11. I’ve liked the facebook page
    (FB name: Angela Ng)

  12. What beautiful work – I love linen! Margarita’s quilted messenger bag and the country lumbar cushions are my favourite! It’s all lovely really!

    And the look of drawn thread embroidery is so delicate and feminine … I have just been given a whole bunch of antique linens in this style by my mother in law that she did 65 years ago! Absolute treasures….thank you for this lovely post Irina x

  13. P.S. I have stalking you on FB for sometime now…;) x

  14. Rebeckah

    How about Sachet scent in linen monogramed , Sachet with soap scent , Linen scent sachet

  15. Maria

    Quines coses més maques! Les Cortines són precioses! Maria

  16. Uau! Difícil triar una sola peça de la botiga! Les bosses m’han agradat molt, sobretot la Messenger Bag.
    I al FB ja fa temps que m’hi tens com una super fan!

  17. Kay

    I am very much a bag girl and I love her linen quilted messenger bag in the shop. Thank you for such a pretty giveaway.

  18. Kay

    I follow you on Facebook too.

  19. Janet

    Hi, I loved the quilted messenger bag and the cushion covers really caught my eye too! Very pretty.

  20. Janet

    Followed you on facebook as well.

  21. M

    I think your drawnthread embroidery is beautiful! My favourite is the Curtain Linen Hemstitch, Lace curtain in linen.Drawn thread embroidery
    🙂 and I also love Linen placemat embroidered and hemstitched, Linen tablecloth

  22. M

    I’ve liked el petit taller on fb:)

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