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Are men taking over Needlepoint?

I've come across two sites that have raised the question in my mind: Have men taken over needlepoint?  And perhaps an even more provocative question... Do they have a better sense of how to turn needlepoint into a successful business? 

The first site - Smathers & Branson, has a very lovely story. You can read about these guys and how their company came to be: HERE.  Smathers & Branson began with a girlfriend's needlepoint belt gift. Eventually these guys actually learned how to needlepoint (although they needed to eventually find their needlepointing staff in Vietnam).

I know it's wrong to judge a person by his/her appearance, but honestly, if you had to guess, wouldn't you say they were young financial advisors from Wall Street?  And, perhaps in a way, they are, because their story tells of how they wanted to find a way to turn their handmade needlepoint belts into a thriving business.

While there are many women who have become successful needlepoint business owners, how many are willing to state, right there in town square, that they want their business to bring in a booming income.  How many of us still need to apologize for our desire to exchange our art for dollars? 

The next company site, Needlepaint, is owned by Seth Berman.  At first glance I thought that perhaps it was an extension of one of the big craft stores such as Michael's.  But what really made me think about the site more seriously was the blog, which seems quite informative with tips and how to's that discuss needlepointing in a serious way.  I was not expecting that.  

Their website is smooth, easy to navigate, and does not apologize for exchanging money for a needlepoint kit.  

Am I stereotyping? Perhaps.  But I do believe women in the business of needlepoint need to aim at making a good income, a profit.  Success in business along with a love for needlepoint is what will make this artform thrive.  It's a win - win.  

hbksloss  – (July 24, 2015 at 9:08 AM)  

When I was a full time marketing consultant for small businesses I found that many very talented women business owners did not aim to make a lot of money. They were uncomfortable with the idea of themselves as business owners/CEOs. This is one of the reasons my marketing and sales seminars and my book on creating a marketing plan were so successful. It isn't that hard to do, but we all need help sometimes to guide us.

Orna Willis  – (July 24, 2015 at 10:10 AM)  

That's really interesting. Is it because women don't care as much about money or because they don't believe they are able to make lots of money on their own?

hbksloss  – (July 24, 2015 at 10:20 AM)  

The armchair psychologist in me saw that underlying women's lack of money making skills (basically not taught well) is insecurity and fear. An the fear boils down to not thinking that they are worth it or have value to add to the world. Sad. But this leads to undercharging and the inability to promote/market their businesses in a professional way.

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