For instance, take these Borage bunches. I love making them because they're a great way of using up leftover yarn and the little wee bunches pander to my fascination with all things tiny. But, it has to be admitted that as a product, they haven't sold well.
In the middle of all this, I also received a request for a bunch of flowers suitable for a little girl to handle. My usual stemmed flowers use pipe cleaners to get more rigid stems and although the wire ends are encased and sewn into the flower heads as much as possible, I wanted to eliminate any chances of the sharp end becoming exposed. So I suggested a large Borage bunch as it has soft stems.
My previous bunches were tied together using a length of yarn, so they could have been been separated but it would have been rather fiddly to tie them back together again. This bunch has to be washable and while it's perfectly possible to do so with the flowers tied together, I have found through bitter experience that bunched flowers take AGES to dry completely! So the ability to separate and re-assemble was important in this case.
And while I was making the ring, I also thought that it would be an ideal place to fit a brooch back. So I dug out the other tiny bunches, made rings to fit and after a bit of sewing, Hevvy Wool has a new line of Borage Brooches!