Hey all, here is something my mum commissioned me to make (she paid by paying for the material and some extra supplies I bought! ):
It is raw silk, a remnant we found at Bobby Fabrics on Arab Street in Singapore. I am a BIG fan of buying remnants! I have more raw silk remnants, and am now thinking of how I can turn them into nice bags.
You can read about how I made it on my craft site, Twisted Sockster. Again, I have no technique, so if anyone has made this bag before and has any insight on how it could be more easily constructed, I'm all ears. My mother would thank you! Hehe.
Hi there, I don't consider myself a maker of jewellery, but trivial trinkets? Yes, ma'am. Here are a few things I've made lately in an attempt to make a dent in my varied craft supply stash.
The little blue blob you see is what I consider my 'logo'. I crochet fat birds.
I'm trying to sell these, my mother says they're very cute. So I hope other people who did not pass me through their birth canal feel the same way. And I'm pretty interested to know what you guys think, and if this sort of thing is something you would buy.
Hi there, I'm not sure if I would be stepping on any toes, but my discussions with crafters in the US and Canada has led me to conclude that buying supplies over there is kind of expensive. I was thinking more specifically about things like packaging, since I know many of you sell at craft fairs and a little extra effort goes a long way.
I have this idea of being a middleman of sorts. I can read and write Chinese, so I can talk directly with factories in China. Which means I can get things like pearls, small velvet/organza drawstring bags, and cardboard jewellery boxes (these are the items I've looked up). The catch is that with these factories, we are talking bulk quantities. So my idea is to collect your orders (say 20-50 pieces per person/business, and I keep track until we reach the factory's minimum order quantity) and organise the delivery of the items.
Obviously I would need quite a number of crafters to order so that things go well, time wise. And I would, of course, collect a small commission for my time, but the idea is so crafters can save some money on these little niceties.
So, what I need to know is if enough crafters think this is a good idea, and if so, what sorts of things you would be interested in having me source, and what kinds of prices you are paying now.
PM me if you want to discuss specifics, but it would be good if I could get an idea on how many crafty businesses would be keen on this sort of service.
This bag marks the first time I've used a sewing machine for any part of a project! My previous bags have all been hand sewn, and I've always been scared of machines, so I'm feeling quite a sense of achievement from this. It is also the first time I've attached a zipper, and being allergic to following instructions, I just made it up as I went along. And let's not forget my debut in the 'adjustable strap' department.
(I'm an idiot, I didn't mention that the links are to my craft site. Click on them and it'll take you to the post with the pictures.)
Please feel free to leave comments and questions either here or on my craft site. I'm very happy about this, and if someone is willing to leave me "Idiot's Guide" instructions on how to attach a zipper (I've looked at the ones on this forum, and I can't follow them), I'll be in your debt.
Updated: and now I've just seen this other bag, which is the same idea. Originally, before I found the zipper that I'd thought I'd lost, I was going to use those plastic closure things you get on fabric suitcases. I might do that with a future bag, because I think it's a great idea.
The fabric market has this new bead store. They sell these ceramic beads that look just like candy. I had to have them. Then I had to figure out what to do with them.
The first image is of two bracelets I made for myself. The discs are plastic two-hole buttons that I thought went quite well.
The second is a birthday present for an almost five year old. I bought some green plastic beads ages ago and finally found a use for them.
The third came about because this girl I know saw the red candy bracelet, loved it, came over, saw I had more of those beads, and very broadly hinted that she wanted me to make one. Since I'm leaving China and need to get rid of as much stuff as possible and stringing beads together with no technique is easy, I made her one, too.
I'm pleased with them. I'm extra pleased that I found cute beads in Xiamen. The boyfriend's not so pleased we have so much of my crafting shite to pack.
I'm scared of sewing machines, but... I've been hand sewing for a little while, and boy does it take a long time. I am not keen to buy a brand new machine only to discover that my accident prone-ness translates to blood spurting all over it.
My mother found our old sewing machine from Home Economics classes back in the 80s, it's a Singer 6212c. It's not been touched since 1990 (when I took my final Home Ec class), so I'm thinking it might need a service or whatever it is sewing machines need when they've been out of action for a long time.
I have contacted Singer to ask if there is a service centre in Singapore (where the machine is), and I have also tried to contact a Singapore distributor. I am now waiting for a response from either.
If neither respond, I'm stuck. I can't for the life of me remember how to use the machine, for starters. I can buy the manual off singerco.com and they have guides so that's no big deal. But if I can't find a place to service it, is there a way I can service it or test it myself? Does it involve oil?
I'm not a jewellery making person, but... I made these things out of beads and buttons.
First up, I strung these coconut shell buttons together:
It's my first, so it's for me. I really like it.
I then proceeded to go nuts and buy loads of beads and buttons. Well, I got the stones below from a bead shop in Hong Kong:
I'm hoping someone can tell me what the round stones are. I brilliantly forgot to hang on to the packaging.
Finally, some chokers:
The red one is for me, it's red wooden beads and some metal beads I got at an art and craft shop in Singapore. The other one is going to be a birthday present for my mum. It's wooden leopard print beads (from Hong Kong) with er matching dark brown and orange wooden beads purchased in the fabric market in Xiamen, China.
Comments, opinions, thoughts? Please note I have no technique and as such, I avoid using more expensive stones. The only one is that one I can't name, I remember it was pricier than anything else I'd bought.
I don't think my sister reads this forum, so it should be safe to post here. She's off on holiday to the Bahamas sometime soon (if only we were all so lucky), and if I posted her birthday present too late she wouldn't get it. So I had to get her present done, and quickly!
The whole package: a wristlet clutch, jewellery, and embellished bobby pins
Under the flap
Here's some background. The last time we were both home in Singapore, we went to The Arts House, and discovered this great range of products made with Good Morning towels. Good Morning towels are a ubiquitous brand of tea towel in Singapore, no home or coffeeshop is complete without at least 250,000. We were very admiring of the hats, slippers, and so on. I started musing that I could probably make something out of Good Morning towels, and my sister really loved the idea, so my mother gave me a stack of towels, with the words, "You'll be making something for your sister. Won't you?"
Hehe. So I took the simple purse tutorial and added a wrist strap (then added a zipper as an afterthought - I've never done zippers, so I'm sure she'll forgive me as it's not exactly hidden). I know it's not a big deal for most of the bag makers in this forum, but I hand sewed it in only a few hours (nope, no machine yet), and that was based entirely on memory (yes, the tutorial is so easy to follow I unwittingly memorised it!! )
I'm super pleased with how easy the pattern was... I just need to modify it so its closure is slightly different.
(The necklace and earring set are from a trade I did with Gypsy Skyes who operates an Etsy shop, and I superglued these gorgeous oyster shell buttons to bobby pins - my sister has rather long hair.)