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Robin Chard
  • Female
  • Louisville, KY
  • United States
  • Silver & Gems
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Making a custom table cloth - the lazy way!

Table coverings are a frequent topic and I thought I would share how I make mine. I cannot express how few sewing skills I have. I also think if you do most of the prep work, you could take it to an alterations person and get the single seam made for very little. I recommend using a stretch fabric as it is forgiving. If you use a ‘natural fabric’ please wash and dry the material before making a table cloth. Ok wash and dry any material first and you will have no surprises.  Set up your table.…See More
Jun 28
Robin Chard commented on sandhi schimmel gold's blog post
"Best of luck to you. I sometimes question my own sanity. If it wasn't for my great peers I'd never made it this far."
Jun 22
Camryn Forrest replied to Robin Chard's discussion Jury Restrictions!
"Interesting ways to display rings might include something like a small natural tree branch, spray-painted in a matte black, with rings delicately hung on the small branches like shiny leaves ... I also googled "interesting ways to display…"
Jun 11
Robin Chard replied to Robin Chard's discussion Jury Restrictions!
"Thanks for the info. I didn't know that about the show. I guess I'll find out if I made the right decision after the show."
Jun 10
Rich Terry replied to Robin Chard's discussion Jury Restrictions!
"Madison Chatauqua is like that... I did the show 3 years in a row and did the early application every year. I have 2 lines in my booth, women's bags which is about 75% of my booth and kitchen accessories which is about 25%. My acceptance letter…"
Jun 10
Chris Hoyt replied to Robin Chard's discussion Jury Restrictions!
"Could it be the promoter decided to tighten up the jury process? Maybe what was allowed last year is not going to be allowed this year."
Jun 9
Robin Chard replied to Robin Chard's discussion Jury Restrictions!
"I ran into another artist at the Butchertown show this weekend and the same thing happened to her. They said she was juried in the fall and paid for her next years booth. Then months later they sent her check back and said she wasn't in.…"
Jun 8
Cindy Welch replied to Robin Chard's discussion Jury Restrictions!
"Yeah I can see me making coasters without the natural travertine tile I use.  It is a natural stone but someone has to cut it & box it up, which involves mechanical equipment.  I also use felt pads on the bottom to protect furniture…"
May 29

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Your Medium
Silver & Gems
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Greensboro's farmers curb Market! My space looked like a jewelry yard sale!
What are the best things about art fairs
All the other Craft people!
Best show ever and why
A last minute day and a half show, some woman called out of the blue and needed to fill a couple of booths at an educational conference. You would have thought these women had never seen jewelry before. God bless them.
Worst show ever and why
This year at Nuse River Festival. My car broke down on the way there. (towing$) (repairs$) Had to take a fifty dollar cab ride to the thing $! left the top of my tent in the car! it was so hot I almost passed out! My jewelry was too hot to touch! Well it went downhill from there.
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Just found it on the web.

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At 8:59am on January 17, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Robin Chard a gift
At 1:28am on December 16, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Robin Chard a gift
Thank you, Robin, for referring Ashley Steenman to Art Fair Insiders.
At 9:38pm on February 03, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Robin Chard a gift
At 8:31pm on September 11, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Robin Chard a gift
Thank you, Robin, for referring Vicki Gentry to Art Fair Insiders.
At 10:23pm on August 25, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Robin Chard a gift
Thank you, Robin, for your review of the AFB Woodland Art Fair. We appreciate your willingness to help.
At 10:20pm on August 05, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Robin Chard a gift
Thank you, Robin, for referring Kathy Creech to Art Fair Insiders.
At 8:08pm on March 12, 2013, Michelle Robison said…

Thank you it always means a lot from another artist!

At 1:52pm on January 22, 2013, Kathleen J. Clausen said…

Hi Robin,

I'd love to be friends and share about shows.  Where are you located and where do you do shows?  I love your photos!

Kathy C.

At 1:25pm on September 11, 2012, Karole Bowlds said…

Hi Robin!

Love your posts and really love your work- you have great insights into the marketing portion of this lovely ride we call Artfairs!! I live in a rural State, so doing the Ag Fairs, which are plentiful here was a natural transition here. Next month is my transition month- my final outdoor show is October 13th. After that, it's all inside til Christmas. Then after that3 months of almost no shows except for my monthly Art Walk. I hope to expand into more of those! As each of my surrounding communities does them on different evenings (First Tuesdays, Third Thursdays, Final Fridays) it would be at least one per week! I Like the Art Walks because they specifically target people interested in  the Arts and hand crafts. And very community oriented!

Hope your season is going well- we are currently gearing up for fall winter shows- and the weather is definitely getting chillier!! Had some wild wind gusts at my outdoor show this weekend- the worst I have ever dealt with- about 70 mph, and I was right on the Bay. Had to close up early due to my tent having some damage, and jewelry being blown away! Off to the studio- time to work! Have a good week


At 9:28am on August 14, 2012, Debbie Moyer said…

Hey new friend!  I know the feeling - there is never enough time to make all the jewelry pieces that we want, or try out new techniques.  Someday you will just have to set aside some time to try some etching - it is really fun to do.  I call it my doodle work - I draw all the designs on the metal by hand with Staedler luminace red markers - the work better than sharpies.  What is great is that if you don't like it you can just sand it off & draw again.  

Keep the peace.....



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