Posts Tagged ‘Etsy’
I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted on my blog. I have been so busy that I didn’t see time go by. Finally, I am able to take time off to get back to my favorite hobby, crochet. This month I worked on a little giraffe pattern for my ETSY shop, and I can say that I am quite please with the results!
This is my first time trying to crochet a giraffe, I wasn’t sure how I wanted it to look like, there are different ways to do it (long nose, big nose, tall leg or short legs) but I finally opted for something little kids could play with, one with a big nose, long neck and short legs.
I will admit that it took trials and errors, I had intended to make the head, neck and body separate but as soon as I finished the head I realized that it would be better to start with the body and seamlessly continue with the neck and head.
I tried to make long legs at first, but it didn’t look right. I ended up making them very short, I think it makes the giraffe look very cute and easier to play with. It ended up being about 12 inch tall, which is a good size but not too big.
This pattern is available on my ETSY shop. The skill level is easy, I put lots of step by step pictures to help along the way.
Now I am ready to start my next project, a different version of the Panda Bear I made last January. This one will be crocheted with a different type of yarn, and a safety nose. I can’t wait to get started.
There hasn’t been much of the winter in California this year, so much so that I forgot which season I lived in until yesterday. It seems like winter had forgotten us and decided to make up for lost times! Storm, rain, you could hardly believe we are close to Spring time. That hasn’t stopped me from dreaming of flowers and greenery. After making my potted plant and Saguaro cactus, I embarked on a new venture with two more crochet plants: a flower potted plant, and a bouquet of roses.
The flowers are attached with a chenille stems, and secured to the pot. I even made some simulated water to surround the roses, inside the pot. Even if you cannot see it, the vase is not hollow.
It took me an entire day to make it, with a lot of improvisation. Everything is made in crochet except for the wooden stand that I glued at the bottom to keep the vase steady. I think it turned out really pretty.
Another improvisation. This one was inspired by one of my plants, even though I forgot what it is called. I am not exactly an expert, and I don’t have a green hand. I am much more comfortable crocheting plants than taking care of real ones! Even though I love them.
Top view of the flowers. Just like the bouquet of roses, the flowers are attached to the inside part of the pot, in this case it isn’t simulated water, but soil. The pot was stuffed with fiberfill.
I really want to continue this trend on greenery. I am thinking about making a bouquet of tulips, and a bonzai. So many fun things to make, I need to pace myself!
The new year has just started but I didn’t waste any time to get back to crochet. I made this little lamb that I can hold in the palm of my hand, it’s only 4 inch.
I used Red Heart Super Soft, white and cream color, and a 2.75mm hook. I like to use small hooks to keep the stitches tight.
Before I begin, I haven’t tried this pattern yet, even though I am going to! I just couldn’t wait to talk about it, I had to share because we are all starting to roll up our sleeves for the holidays season, looking for craft ideas to decorate the house, or gifts to put under the tree.
These two adorable and funny reindeers are the work of Ekaterina Sharapova, from Little Owl’s Hut on ETSY. I decided to purchase this pattern for two reasons. First, it is cute, and second, this is a new challenge for me. The reindeers are worked with wireframe, which is a technique that I wanted to learn for a long time, but never got around it. The arms and legs have fingers, which also involves a technique I want to add to my skills.
Another good reason to try this pattern, it’s almost time for the holidays! This is a very exciting project, and I cannot wait to post the result (if it turns out well).
If you are interested in this pattern, you can purchase it at ETSY: Little Owl’s Hut – Reindeer Crochet Pattern. Note that this pattern is intermediate level.
If you are familiar with ETSY, buy or sell items on the site, you might have heard of the new guidelines that will take place in January. Until now ETSY was the place for artisan crafters to sell their handmade arts and crafts without the fear of competing with factory made products, but that is about to change. Under the new guidelines, people will be allowed to use an outside manufacturer to help make their goods. It has caused an uproar in the ETSY community of buyers and sellers who are wondering what will become of their favorite online market place. What attracted them to sell, or buy on the site was the mission statement that everything had to be handmade. Under the new policy, it’s no longer the case, and they are worried that they will not be able to compete with mass manufactured products, that what they buy will not be no longer artisanal work, and that ETSY will lose its grip on what made it unique.
From this turn around, an ETSY team called “All Handmade By ME” was created by Stacey Sobelman . This team is made of a group of artisans who only create 100% handmade craft. When I joined the team, there was 300 of us, today there are over a 1000 members, and it still growing. Anybody who fits the criteria can join, all you have to do is apply on their page.
Each member is given a team badge they can put on their banner, or anywhere on their ETSY page. It’s a great community of artisans, and artists that help and support each other, all united in the name of handmade craft. If you are a seller on ETSY, and want to check out the team, you can go to ALL Handmade By ME page, and apply there as well.
If you want to learn more about ETSY new guidelines, what’s happening, and this team, you can read the following yahoo article by Claudine Zap, untitled Is ETSY still ETSY?
The artist I am featuring today makes handmade accessories. Her name is Joanne, and she runs a shop on ETSY called Heaven Spun Creations. She makes hand made crochet hooks out of tree branches from the land of British Columbia. They are unique and beautifully crafted, this is one of the kind accessory for any crochet lover.
I wanted to know more about her craft, so I asked Joanne a few questions about her inspiration and the process of carving these hooks:
– When did you start carving crochet hooks?
Carving is a more recent venture of mine. I carved my first crochet hook just this past spring. The first few hooks that I listed online sold within 6 hours of posting. I haven’t turned back since. It is so much fun to know something that I have created is being sent all around the world!
– Can you tell us a little bit about the process?
The most time consuming, yet most interesting, part of the process is hunting for and collecting beautiful and interesting tree branches. I then cut the branches to length in order to begin whittling the working end of the crochet hook to size. Careful work is then done to carve the actual hook on the branch. As a crocheter myself, I know how important it is to have a smooth glide to my yarn, so a lot of time and effort is spent sanding. I’m amazed at how smooth the hook ends become. My boys always love to touch the hooks at this point because they too are astounded at the transformation of the wood. The final phase of the project is putting a good natural protective coating on the hooks. So much work is put into making just one of these hooks that it is important to seal and protect the wood. I’d recommend wiping a little coconut oil on wooden crochet hooks once a year to keep them in tip top shape.
– Do you use different kinds of wood?
Yes, I love to use all different varieties of wood for my hooks. Fruit tree wood such as apple and cherry make extremely hard and sturdy hooks. I’ve made a few driftwood hooks as well. I’d have to say that currently my favourite wood to work with is arbutus wood. It is EXTREMELY hard and has gorgeous colour to the bark. I’m sure I’ll have more favourites to come. I have some Black Oak that I’m itching to get at.
– Are they easy to handle?
Absolutely. I LOVE my hand carved hooks. They are light weight and durable. I find the handles are often larger then metal or plastic hooks, which is easier on the crocheting hand. Wood also warms up nicely to the touch. Metal hooks tend to get cold and uncomfortable in the winter.
– Do you take custom orders if someone want a specific size?
Yes, I do custom orders all the time. I want happy satisfied customers.
You can visit Joanne’s shop at Heaven Spun Creations. She also sell hand spun yarn, and beautiful felted necklaces amongst other things!
I have a friend who is a Hula dancer and she asked me if I could make a palm tree for her. I had never made a plant before, and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but I was willing to give it a try.
The challenge was to keep the trunk straight with the weight of the leaves, so I put some beads in the pot, and a flower wire in the trunk. I am really happy with the result, and my friend loved it!