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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with a project... on: August 24, 2009 07:03:27 AM
The neck looks like it is part of the body that they just decreased to make neck sized and attached the head to. As far as the ears, that style has always puzzled me, but there are lots of ami experts around here who probably can point you in the right direction.

Good luck and be sure to share your finished Jiji.
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for handles for bag on: August 24, 2009 07:01:51 AM
If you can find similar handles on thrift store purses I think that is a great find (and a definite money saver) but try Joann.com. I got my handles for my fat bottom purses there for about $4-$6, but if you don't have one near you you'll have to pay shipping. You can also try Michael's (Micheals.com). Or try searching on Etsy for handles in the supply section. You may find some more unique ones.

Good luck.
23  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any idea how to give my amigurumi hair like this? on: August 24, 2009 06:59:32 AM
Geez, I really have no idea. I'm not an ami specialist though. Have you tried searching Ravelry.com for anime ami patterns? That is my best advice is to see if someone has tried it out before you. Good luck.
24  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mundsters - Winston on: August 24, 2009 06:56:33 AM
Aww, he's really cute. He reminds me of an Abominable Sheep Man.
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Ok, i am hat obsessed!! on: August 24, 2009 06:54:33 AM
I think this is really great. I love the bright color. It's just up my alley.

Good job!
26  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: How do I price my crocheted items??? on: August 23, 2009 08:45:08 AM
I think since you are making original ami's you (hopefully) have a good shot. Ami's can be expensive because I know how time consuming they can be to make and construct, so definitely time yourself & determine how much you think your time is worth. I think most crafters give themselves more than minimum wage, so  keep that in mind.

I think checking out a few finished ami's on Etsy and Artfire.com would be a good idea to get an idea of what people are selling their work for. Also be sure to see if they've sold anything - you won't see the prices of the sold items, but if they've sold ami's you can assume they were for a similar price to those in their shop. If they haven't sold any ami's you might be a little suspect that something is amiss with their pricing scheme.
27  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: How do I price my crocheted items??? on: August 23, 2009 06:09:38 AM
In the end, though, I'm starting to think the real money in crocheting is in patterns.

I completely agree with you about that. If you look on Etsy at the top sellers you'll probably never see someone like me who sells crochet items, but you will find people who sell crochet patterns. Out the wazoo they sell them. But I haven't given up yet.

I think a lot depends on what you are planning on selling. For pot holders or dish cloths, etc. I've found it can be hard to sell those online. I've never done a craft fair, but I think people see that and think even though it may be cute, eco friendly, whatever right now it's not worth spending a little extra buck on it over the dollar store.

Selling crochet right now has to be unique items that people don't think they can make at home and are willing to spend more for. Like pretty, quality scarves - baby hats! Baby things seem to sell like crazy. You have to find a little niche in the craft, like me with my slippers.

As for pricing my items - I usually don't use a whole skein for my items so I estimate how much I've used for the price of supplies + time (I charge about $10/hr) and then I usually add a teensy bit more (like a dollar or so to make it an even amount) which will cover shipping supplies, listing fees, Paypal fees, blah blah blah. You get the picture.

Good luck.
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Hooker Scarf **with link to FREE pattern** on: August 23, 2009 06:00:47 AM
This is a really fun idea for a scarf! And it came out looking great.
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mini crochet coin purse. on: August 23, 2009 05:59:43 AM
oh gosh those are ADORABLE!  I'll have to go try and figure these out, I've got really thin yarn and they're too cute to resist. 

One question...did you stitch the crocheted part into the frame (I see stitch marks?), or are there holes to directly crochet it onto?  I'm trying to figure out what frames to look for.  The link you had suggested gluing it in but that seemed a bit...weird. 

From what I've found while looking there are two types of frames - one with holes & one without. I got the one with holes because it seemed easier to me to connect (it's not as easy as I thought the first time trying to get it lined up evenly, but that's another story). The other kind doesn't have holes and you kind of pinch the fabric (or yarn) up into the frame with glue and whatnot & then use a crimper to tighten the frame around the edges of the purse. There are special crimpers you can buy or you can use smooth needle nose pliers (with a piece of cloth in between so you don't leave any marks on the frame).

I personally like the sew on frames because if I mess up it's easy to re-do and I don't risk ruining the frame with a big scratch while I'm connecting it. Some people may prefer the smooth look of the non-hole frames though so I guess it's just a preference thing.

Good luck.
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Mini crochet coin purse. on: August 22, 2009 05:39:00 PM
Go for it. I'll let you in on a secret - they aren't too hard to figure out. Wink
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