It is funny, every now and then, I get an email from someone who says, “I don’t understand it: I have searched your newsletter for the location of your shop and I don’t see it listed anywhere. Where are you located, and what are your hours?”
The truth is I do not have a storefront and I do not have scheduled hours of operation. I have a backyard studio where I do all my work. Most of my orders for rya supplies, hand-printed shirts, and other art come from email requests from my website and my etsy shop. I do not have–or plan to open–a store front for daily drop in business. I always welcome requests for appointment and LOVE to meet people at the studio, but only by appointment.
This summer, I am trying something new. Once a month, I have been offering Byrdcall Studio Drop-in Days where no appointment is necessary. This is an experiment. Let me know how this could work better for you. Here are the Drop-in dates: Thursday, June 23; Wednesday, July 20th; and Tuesday, August 23rd. Feel free to drop in between 12 noon and 6 PM. My address is 1103 Hoods Mill Road, Woodbine, Maryland. Park in the driveway. Walk up the gravel drive and enter through the gate (Please close it behind you to keep the dogs in). The studio is the nice wooden building in the back. Call for directions if you don’t have GPS. 410-615-2473.
Why might you want to visit? To buy a T-shirt, to get a help starting on a rya kit you have bought, to see what the rya rugs are all about, to buy a woodcut print for a special gift, to see my yarn selection, to try your hand at knotting on the “practice” rya rug, to help me prepare yarn sample cards, or just to see the studio–or ME!
Note In July I contacted several people who were working on their first ryas or about to start them. They came to the studio and had a Rya Sewing Circle which was so much fun for all of us! Let’s do that again in August!
Comment below if you have suggestions for making Drop-In days work better for you. I’ll decide if we continue them after August. Or I could do two a month if lots of people come.