I once asked another small business owner about her fabrics because they were cute designs and I hadn`t seen them at any stores before. I have bought from and chatted with this gal a lot in the past. Of course I had no intention of trying to make her product, and I certainly wouldn`t make the exact same thing and sell it! I was just curious if there was an awesome fabric source that I didn`t know about. Long story short, she was on the defensive and wouldn`t share about where she buys her fabric and actually ended up being quite rude. It really turned me off from being a customer, and I haven`t bought from her since.
Now I have my own business and I get a lot of questions from customers about where my fabric comes from, where I got my design, how I do certain aspects of my items, etc. And I must say; I LOVE IT!
The way I see it, the more people making and creating, the better off we will all be. If handmade becomes the standard and people move away from wanting and gifting mass produced junk, I will sell more. Even if the person asking never buys a single thing from me, it becomes a positive connection.
If the person asking is also a small business owner, even better! It is not easy to run a creative business and there is always something to learn from each other. When we collaborate and share information we will all be better off!
So if you have questions - ask away! If you need some help with your own projects, I am your gal!