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Grey Fox Mercantile will offer artisan goods, specialty felting supplies, and workshops.
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Thank you everybody!!! We are thrilled by all your support for our Kickstarter! Grey Fox Mercantile will open next month (March 2019). We can't wait to share a unique creative space with you. 

To keep following along with our process please check out: 

www.greyfoxfelting.com

@greyfoxmercantile

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Grey Fox Mercantile: Opening March 2019! 

After running Grey Fox Felting, an e-commerce home-based business specializing in felting kits, supplies, and original works of art for four years, we've decided to expand our business into Grey Fox Mercantile, our first brick and mortar storefront! 

We've located a perfect place, signed the lease and started working on the 700 square feet that will become a retail and workshop space just for you. In this space, you'll be able to browse our full in-house line of felting kits and original felted animal sculptures, the beautiful selection of felting wool in virtually every color imaginable that you've come to know through our online presence, as well as a curated selection of handmade goods by artisans you'll love. 

You will have the opportunity to be a part of free craft nights for the community, and you will be able to take workshops and celebrate fiber arts-based birthday and special occasion parties for guests of all ages. 

We're launching this funding campaign to ask for your help in transforming our space to fit these needs and make it a truly unique place to learn about fiber arts and find beautiful artisan goods. 

Needle Felted Grey Fox Soft Sculpture
Needle Felted Grey Fox Soft Sculpture
Needle Felted Goldenrod on Wool Felt
Needle Felted Goldenrod on Wool Felt
Our best selling starter kit!
Our best selling starter kit!
Work in progress ... Black Swan. Needle Felting is a sculptural process that involves repeatedly poking a special barbed needle into wool roving or batting, which causes the fibers to get caught on the barbs and tangle together, forming felt! The more you poke into a single area, the more compact and indented it becomes, allowing you for create three-dimensional forms. Then different colors pieces can be created and attached in the same manner, just as this wing is being attached to the swan's body here.
Work in progress ... Black Swan. Needle Felting is a sculptural process that involves repeatedly poking a special barbed needle into wool roving or batting, which causes the fibers to get caught on the barbs and tangle together, forming felt! The more you poke into a single area, the more compact and indented it becomes, allowing you for create three-dimensional forms. Then different colors pieces can be created and attached in the same manner, just as this wing is being attached to the swan's body here.
Rainbow Assortment of 100% Wool Batting. This is one of the pre-made assortments we currently offer on our website, greyfoxfelting.com. In our storefront, you'll be able to create your own assortments, and we'll also be there if you need some guidance in choosing the perfect colors for your next project!
Rainbow Assortment of 100% Wool Batting. This is one of the pre-made assortments we currently offer on our website, greyfoxfelting.com. In our storefront, you'll be able to create your own assortments, and we'll also be there if you need some guidance in choosing the perfect colors for your next project!
Surveying our space...Imagine this wall stocked with over 100 colors of beautiful wool for felting, weaving, spinning, and more! And we'll be lightening up that area towards the back to host our community craft nights and workshops!
Surveying our space...Imagine this wall stocked with over 100 colors of beautiful wool for felting, weaving, spinning, and more! And we'll be lightening up that area towards the back to host our community craft nights and workshops!
Check out the progress we made this month! New floor and this is where you'll be able to browse Grey Fox's beautiful selelction of wool.
Check out the progress we made this month! New floor and this is where you'll be able to browse Grey Fox's beautiful selelction of wool.

Risks and challenges

The store will allow us to expand what has been a home-studio based e-commerce business into a brick and mortar storefront and workshop center. Our main challenge will be continuing to smoothly run the e-commerce side of our business while operating a storefront and allowing our business to have a physical presence in our community. We plan to host craft nights and workshops, and support other artisans by selling their wares, and we hope we will be able to give all aspects of our business the attention it will need to thrive in our community.

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    A Cup of Coffee and a High Five!

    Stop in the new store anytime once we open, and we'll brew you a fresh cup of coffee or tea and give you a high five!!

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    Thank you card and Grey Fox Sticker

    A handwritten thank you note from us and a Grey Fox sticker.

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    Ready, Set, Go - Art Show - Call for Art

    Are you an artist? This is your chance to be a part of Grey Fox Mercantile's first exhibition during our grand opening!

    //Exhibition Details//
    Submission Deadline: February 22
    Drop Off Dates: March 11 - March 16 (10am - 6pm)
    Shipped work must be received by: March 16
    Exhibition dates: March 23 - April 26
    Reception during our grand opening: Saturday, March 23 (4pm - 6pm)

    Commission for sold work: Artist (60%) Mercantile (40%)

    Only 2D and wall based works.
    All work must be framed and ready to hang with wire or sawtooth hanger.
    Open to all media.
    All work must be for sale.
    24" maximum size (including frame).
    Artist is responsible for transportation to and from Grey Fox Mercantile.

    1 work of art per artist.

    Registration and pick up details will follow with the close of the Kickstarter campaign.

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    Limited Edition Pin

    Limited edition grey fox pin.

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    Bee a Backer

    You'll get a sweet little needle felted bee by beeing a backer. You may choose to carry it with you as a small totem. Or you may choose to have a magnet affixed to it so that you can hang it on your fridge or even on your wall with the use of a metal thumb tack.

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    Needle Felting Kit - Choose from 4 kits!

    Needle Felting is a wonderfully rewarding, relaxing, and easy-to-learn craft. Choose 1 of 4 different needle felting kits, and get started on your felting adventure!

    The 4 kits available are: Bee, Right Whale, Owl, and Star Garland.

    The Bee, Right Whale, and Star Garland kits are labeled BEGINNER. The Owl kit is labeled INTERMEDIATE as it includes greater detailing and color layering.

    Each Needle Felting Kit includes:

    - a full color project instruction booklet with photos and detailed steps to take you from start to finish in your needle felted project

    - a "Needle Felting Tips" booklet filled with helpful photos and information for the beginner, including instructions to needle felt a basic, three-dimensional shape

    - 3 color coded felting needles (one each of sizes #36T, #38T, #40T)

    - high density needle felting foam block

    - wool roving and/or batting for your project

    Each kit comes neatly packaged in a labeled kraft style gift box, and also makes a great gift!

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    Needle Felting Workshop for Beginners!

    With this pledge, you will receive one ticket redeemable for any Beginner Needle Felting Workshop hosted in our new workshop space inside Grey Fox Mercantile! Our workshops will be hosted by Erin Gardner of Grey Fox Felting, and she'll teach you all you need to know about the process of needle felting as you are guided through your first needle felting project! Workshops will include demonstrations, step-by-step instructions for a needle felted project, and all the materials and tools you'll need. Plus, you'll get to keep your workshop materials to continue your new hobby at home!

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    Seasonal Sampler - 1 Year Subscription

    Receive FOUR unique samplers of needle felting wool for a year, one for each season! Each sampler will contain a unique selection of six seasonally inspired colors of 100% wool roving and/or batting, 3 oz. total. Samplers will be mailed out on the first day of the season (for example, the "Spring Sampler" will go out on the first day of spring, March 20th, 2019). This wool subscription wool give you fresh inspiration with each new season, and is an excellent way to try out new colors in your felting projects throughout the year! Makes a great gift too!

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    • Seasonal Sampler of Needle Felting Wool - Spring
    • Seasonal Sampler of Needle Felting Wool - Summer
    • Seasonal Sampler of Needle Felting Wool - Autumn
    • Handwritten thank you card
    • Seasonal Sampler of Needle Felting Wool - Winter
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    Grey Fox Needle Felting Starter Kit

    Needle Felting is a wonderfully rewarding, relaxing, and easy-to-learn craft!

    The Grey Fox Felting Needle Felting Starter Kit is perfect for beginners, and includes EVERYTHING you need to start your first needle felting project! No prior knowledge of needle felting is necessary!

    Your Needle Felting Starter Kit includes:

    - a "Needle Felting Tips" booklet filled with helpful photos and information for the beginner, including instructions to needle felt a basic, three-dimensional shape

    - 3 color coded felting needles (one each of sizes #36T, #38T, #40T)

    - high density needle felting foam block

    - 25 beautiful colors of wool roving and batting ( 0.1 oz. of each, for a total of 2.5 oz. of gorgeous wool!)

    - 0.5 oz. of core wool batting, perfect for creating the base form of your project!

    This kit comes neatly packaged in a labeled kraft style gift box, and also makes a great gift!

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    • Grey Fox Felting - Needle Felting Starter Kit
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    Beginner Needle Felting Lesson

    Learn needle felting with a one hour one-on-one lesson. I will teach you at our new storefront and workshop space, or through Skype or Face Time. Also included with your needle felted lesson is my Grey Fox Felting Needle Felting Starter Kit so you'll have all the supplies you will need to continue crafting after the lesson!

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    Deluxe Felting Kit in Hand-painted Tote!

    Deluxe Needle Felting Kit in a Hand-painted tote bag! If you've seen my Needle Felting Starter Kit, you'll love this limited edition deluxe version! You'll receive a 6-pack of felting needles (2 each of the 3 sizes I sell), a 5" x 6" high density foam block for working on, my "Needle Felting Tips" introductory booklet, 2 oz. of core wool batting, and a whole LOT of wool in a beautiful rainbow assortment of colors in a mix of roving and batting. All of these goodies will come inside a limited edition HAND-PAINTED tote bag, painted by yours truly. You'll be set for plenty of your own felting projects, or you can get together with friends and felt away! This also makes a wonderful gift for a creative friend!

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    Family Felting Fun

    Bring the whole family (up to 8) for a unique experience. You will receive individual instruction for an hour long needle felting project from Erin. This includes all supplies needed for everyone to complete one project.

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    Birthday Party - Felting Fun

    2 hour Birthday Party at Grey Fox Mercantile. Enjoy a fun hour long felting or art project of your choice followed by time to eat cake and/or open presents. We'll tailor an exciting and fun experience for you and your group. (For kids and/or adults)

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    Small Needle Felted Animal

    I will be making a limited edition series of needle felted animals just for this campaign. You will receive one original needle felted animal from this limited edition series.

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    Custom Needle Felted Animal

    I have loved working with clients to create customized needle felted animals. These have included pet portraits, a highland cow, and a narwhal, to name a few. As a special part of this campaign, I'm opening up three custom animal slots!

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    Private Needle Felting Party

    Private one day needle felting workshop for your and up to 8 of your friends. This includes all the supplies needed, a yummy lunch and six hours of instruction. (9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm) at our new store and workshop space. The event can be tailored to you. Do you want a fun day-long experience with your friends? Or perhaps a unique birthday party for your kids? We'll work with you to create a wonderful day of felting!

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    Start up Success!

    6 one-hour sessions of small business e-commerce coaching. Have you ever thought of opening up your own etsy store? Erin and John can help you with six sessions. (One session per month). Grey Fox began three years ago and we're excited to have over 15,000 sales on Etsy and a growing e-commerce website we built ourselves. Over the course of these 6 sessions, we will talk with you to learn your individual business goals, and provide you with customized tips and advice for how to grow your online business to reach your goals.

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Funding period

- (30 days)