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Old 04-05-2011, 10:26
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Default Friends asking you how to make bows?

A couple of weeks ago I made the mistake of showing a friend how to make a couple of simple, basic bows (korker..). She is now asking me to show her how to make other ones. I just started selling bows but not a lot yet. She is a good friend and I do not know what to say to her. I didn't mind showing her how to make a couple but I don't want to give her all of my tips since I have spent hours teaching myself. What do I say without being rude?
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:46
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Default Re: Friends asking you how to make bows?

i am in the same situation right now i just try to avoid the conversation each time its brought up lol i always have my dd with me so i use her as an excuse. I feel like when i wanted to learn i took time to look things up coming across this forum was the best thing ever! anyhow so my point is if she(they) really want to know they can take the time to do the same!!
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:52
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Default Re: Friends asking you how to make bows?

I am having the same problem. My cousin has a little girl the same age as my daughter and she just got married, is now bored and wants to learn bows. I (like everyone else) spent a lot of time learning this. I was wondering the same thing...is it selfish of me to not want to teach her??
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:56
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It is like feeding a stray dog. Don't do it.

Seriously I have been asked in the past and I only helped one person. I only showed her how to do a basic and I did it all backwards. I made it sound so difficult with my wording. She still makes them but she gave up on the selling part.
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:59
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Just be rude! You'll end up there anyways..because they never quit asking.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:11
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I think I would suggest that she look online for tuts.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:17
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Default Re: Friends asking you how to make bows?

When I'm asked how to make something at craft shows I always respond with "very carefully" with a smile and then follow with "its a lot of research" and don't say anything else... I give the same response to those I know.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:26
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When I'm asked how to make something at craft shows I always respond with "very carefully" with a smile and then follow with "its a lot of research" and don't say anything else... I give the same response to those I know.
I think this response. Now if only it could be the first thing to pop out of my mouth when someone asks me. I'm like a deer in headlights when someone ask because I don't want to tell them, it's like a trade secret!
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:54
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Id tell her that just like the products you have taken the time to learn to make, your time teaching her is valuable and she should pay you. LOL
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:12
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I usually am the first to bring up that it drives me crazy when people ask at shows. This way they will feel weird about asking me. It usually works. I've had friends ask and I just smile and ignore them.
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