Written by Morena Fiore-Kirby

Owner of Kodes Accessories. Maker of hand painted Geometric wooden Jewellery and Baby friendly Necklaces. Web Developer by day.

Are you looking to set up your first accessory/jewellery market stall? I hope I can share my experience and pass on some tips 🙂

I mainly was worried as this was something I’ve never done before, especially selling directly to the customers. It’s easy to upload your products’ photos online and put together a listing, sooner or later somebody might buy your product. But engaging with real customers in person is a completely different story.

Since I’ve started Kodes I’ve started to wonder what else I could make, pushing myself out of my comfort zone, to find myself “comfortable” again in yet another experiment.

Interestingly enough both me and my mum, very impatient people with no practical hobbies, never able to see something through to the end, actually ended up taking up practical hobbies recently and getting definitely great results.

So I’ve started to question if I could actually make other type of necklaces and I was completely in love with faceted cubes hand painted. I had stumbled across those beads as I was shopping online for beads, but rather than buying them already painted, I wondered if I could buy them rough and paint them and varnish them myself!

I am possibly more of an artist rather than a methodical crafter, so after a few successful attempts at making Kodes, I started wondering what else could I use to make the necklaces.

I had previously bought some ties to be turned into necklaces (a complete different design from my Kodes) so I digged out a 70s looking stripy silk tie.

It took so much work! I had to unstitch it, then iron it as all the folds seemed set in stone. Then I had to somehow cut a viable strip from a not so regular piece of cloth (once the tie was unfolded). The I started the usual process of forming a long tube and what a nightmare it was to sew silk!

Kodes started from my need of a mustardy necklace made with big beads.

I bought the fabric from Fabric Rehab and started getting my head round cutting the right amount of fabric and sewing.

I never did much sewing before, so everything was pretty new for me, at the beginning I even needed my husband’s help in pretty much everything I set to do. I have always been the type of person who gets all the necessary materials and never actually makes a start.