Fo’s / Fo Collection

A handmade product business that first started as a hobby.

Crochet, Soaps & Oils

I learned basics of crochet in 8th grade and with time i improved myself, the idea of making it a business started when my friends started ordering crochet scarfs, it took me some time to officially launch it and it is a wise dicision.

Adding handmade soap products to my business, strated when i desided to do something about my skin and i was fond of learning how to make a natural handmade soap on my own. I had couple of tries and was satisfied with the soaps i am making and using. It showed difference and that’s when my family and friends started asking me what i am using and pushed me forward and encouraged me to start selling what i am making. It wasn’t an easy or quick decision, it took me months to put it on display and sell it to not only those who i know, but anyone who wants.

Based on request by couple of my friends another hobby that has been added to my collection is Oil making. Hopefuly with time will include more handmade products.

I believe in, start small and grow big, start with what you know and keep learner and improving yourself.

Please follow and show support for handmade product business 😀 and i always welcome new suggestions

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Facebook page: @fo.collection.bh

Is handcraft too expensive ?

Recently I have been told that my Handcrafted/Handmade crochet products are very expensive according to them and made fun of my pricing as well.

Educating a customer about the quality of your product/work/service is highly important to market what you’re offering. So I came across a very beneficial and educating article that delivers a message on every craftsperson’s behalf to people and potential customers.

I will be sharing the link of the original article and quoting the whole post below.


IS HANDMADE TOO EXPENSIVE?

4/16/2018

There is a generally held belief that handmade products are expensive – too expensive.  Craftspeople selling their products at fairs and craft shows, and even shops selling handcrafted products hear it all the time…..sometimes said with just a raised eyebrow, sometimes whispered to a companion, but often  straight to their faces…..

“Really? Why should I pay THAT MUCH when I can buy something exactly like it at _______ (fill in the blank with the name of any High Street shop) for half the price?!” 


There is a legend amongst craftspeople…..
A jeweller was set up at a craft show,  handcrafted jewellery beautifully displayed, when a customer appeared in front of her stand and  said loudly, “That necklace is OK, but I won’t pay any more for it than I would at the shop in town. ”  With remarkable restraint, the jeweller pointed out that the necklace was handmade, and therefore the price was slightly higher – to which the customer retorted – ” I don’t see how that makes any difference – it’s just a bit of string, some beads and a clasp.  Throw in a bit for your time, and it still should be cheaper than the shop’s – you aren’t paying rent or staff, or for a top designer to create it, after all.”  The jeweller thought for a moment, and then said, “Fine.  I’ll sell it to you for the same price as the shop’s, but you’ll have to wait a few days for me to send it to you.”  The customer happily handed over the money, and strolled away, thrilled to have made her case and beat down the craftsperson who was obviously intent on ripping off unsuspecting customers less astute than her.


Handcrafted items are often more expensive.  Why?

So – What are you paying for when you buy handmade- and why is it more expensive?

It’s Handmade.  If you think about how machines work, making products faster and cheaper – well, handmade is the opposite.  Handmade takes time and care, and not as many products can be made.  Along the way, every single step is scrutinized to make sure the product is perfect – taking even more time, but  resulting in a quality product.  Hardly any craftspeople charge for all the time they take to make a product, by the way – the price would be sky high.  Which leads us to……..


The Craftsperson does EVERYTHING.  Most of the processes involved in making the product are done by the maker – not just the design, but the selection of the materials, the working out of how to make the materials go together, assembling the product, photographing the product, marketing the product, designing the packaging, and posting, delivering, or activity selling the product…even the accounting!  This is often done around caring for children, or maybe even another “real” job.  Again, most craftspeople don’t charge for all of this time and care, but it can’t be denied that they put time, energy, heart, and soul into every piece they sell.


Materials are expensive.  Most craftspeople try to find the best quality, most beautiful materials – which they can usually only buy in small quantities because they don’t have the budget or the space to buy in bulk.  This makes the materials more expensive for them than for High Street chains who can buy cheap manufactured components in bulk.


The craftsperson is an expert in their field.  No matter how many years the craftsperson has been practising the craft, chances are they know more than the customer.  Often they have completed degrees, or years of classes and workshops to learn their craft.  Almost always they have invented a style or technique themselves.
And finally….The product is unique.  The materials, the way they’re put together, the little additions, and flourishes – each item is a one off.  Often the product is bespoke.  Bits and pieces can be tweaked.  That necklace can be made exactly the right length….it can even be made to match that outfit you’re wearing to the party next week.  Bottom line – it’s NOT exactly like the one in the High Street shop.  In fact, it isn’t exactly like any other product around.


A handmade product is more expensive because you’re buying a unique item, made by hand by an expert in their field of the best materials.  Included in the making of the product is time, energy, hours of work, and – most importantly, heart.


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And the customer who wanted the necklace from the craftsperson – but wanted it at High Street prices?   Imagine her delight upon receiving the beautifully wrapped parcel from the jeweller a few days after the craft fair.  Our discerning customer was less delighted, however, as she opened the package to find some string, a clasp, and a few handfuls of beads – along with a pair of jewellers pliers and a note:

Dear Mrs. Smith, please find enclosed your necklace.  As requested, I’ve sent you exactly the product you described.  It’s quite similar to the one I might have made for you at a slightly higher price, however, I haven’t  included anything which  might make it more expensive than the High Street product.
I hope you enjoy your purchase!

Handmade too expensive?  You get what you pay for

Whether handmade is too expensive is a matter of opinion, I suppose – but then again……you get what you pay for.

If you agree of disagree, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

Jean’s Bag/Pouch

My first attempt of making this Jean’s Bag/pouch in 2016.

I had a ratty Jean’s that I really wanted to keep but did not know what to do with it. I started imagining and thinking what things I could make out of that Jean’s, and I really had pretty unique ideas, so I gave a try to one of the ideas and TADDAAA … JEAN’S BAG. This bag is very spacious from inside and can hold many things like phones, small books, pencil case..etc. It also has 2 pockets, one at the back and one in front and belt loops so you can tie around anything or hand a keychain to it.

This is one of my favourites, it took so much of effort and energy to make it, has many faults and flaws but I like it when people comment on it “I thought you were holding a pair of Jean pants and walking” “This is so creative” “From where did you get this?” “Did you make this?” …etc. it gives me that feeling of accomplishment.

Hopefully next time when I make same bag I correct those faults and flaws to make it better.

I used to carry it out with me, but now I am using it to store my crochet and sewing stuff in it.

You can check more posts on my Instagram: Fo.collection

Please leave a comment if you like it would appreciate your thoughts about it♡.

Front and back pockets
Hanging keychain to belt loop

DIY Wrapped Earphone Cord Cover

Hello,

 

Previously I have done a similar project DIY crochet cord cover, but this time I made it more simple and just tried wrapping the thin string yarn from Diva Batik by Alize, 100% Microfiber Acrylic, 100g, 350 mt. – 383 yds.

Diva Batik by Alize have beautiful mix colour yarns, so I used one of their mix colour yarns and cut small pieces of the yarn to get all the colours shown when covering the cord.

It took me 2 days to finish it, as I was extremely busy and tired that I couldn’t finish this project in one day.

I have used fabric glue and thin double sided tape as well to keep the wrapped strings together and not moving.

The ends of the cord or the places I couldn’t wrap were the challenge for me, how to cut the string and not letting the end of the string show, so I used fabric glue to seal it.

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My new is Rug made of #Croandknit fabric yarns

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I am so excited to share with you my handmade crochet rug, made from fabric yarn, it took me more than a week to finish it, but it was worth it.

I really wanted to try fabric yarn or ( T-shirt yarn) but couldn’t find it until recently. I got my yarn from a local company (Bahraini Brand) called “Cro & Knit” 100% cotton, weighs 120g and 8mm hook. The yarns are available in many colours.

As for my rug I preferred using 10 mm hook, as it was more easier and smoother to crochet. I have used 10 yarns in total of two different colours ( Brown and golden ), 5 pieces of each colour. The diameter of my round rug is 65 Cm. All the way from first raw to the 23rd raw I used cross stitch, and 24th raw was a single stitch to give it a fine finishing. My rug feels soft and smooth and medium light.

I would like to complete on my rug to make it bigger or maybe start a new rug project and much bigger.

It was a great experience making a rug matching my carpet, now I have more ideas on my mind regarding products/items made from fabric yarn.

 

سلام عليكم

وايد متحمسة اشاركم صورة زوليتي ( سجادة) الدائرية سويتها بكروشيه، خذ لي اكثر من اسبوع عشان اكملها، بس تستاهل كل هالمدة.

الخيوط الي استخدمتها مصنوعة من قطن 100% من شركة “كرو اند نيت” البحرينية .

وزن  120 جرام لكل حبة و مقاس الصنارة 8 مم.

لكن حق الزولية استخدمت مقاس صنارة 10 مم، و استخدمت 10 حبات خيوط، 5 من كل لون ( بني و ذهبي).

قطر الزولية 65 سم

من اول سطر لي سطر 23 استخدمت غرزة الصليبية و سطر 24 غرزة المنزلقة

 

Continue reading “My new is Rug made of #Croandknit fabric yarns”

#DIY – Arm Knitting Scarf

Hello

I made many crochet scarfs before, but never knitted one. I learned knitting twice from my grandma, but i still found crochet easy to remember. But Handknitting is very easy and very fast. at first i had difficulty knitting, but the more layers i made the more i got used to it, until my finals layers were just perfect.

I watched couple of youtube videos how to arm knit, they were all about how to make an infinity/loop scarf, but i wanted a straight scarf so and started knitting, and my scarf was ready in 30 min only, but i kept my ends open i did not loop them together.

I used 2x bulky yarn (Nako spaghetti effect, 25% wool, 75% premium acrylic, 100 g 60m)

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Watch this video to learn how to arm knit : Arm Knitting – Infinity Scarf in 30 Minutes

DIY wrapped words

Hello and Happy Friday
This DIY is very simple and easy to make, you can make it in an hour or less, depending on the size and materials you are using. I used cardboard, yarn and glue.

My first try was “love”, but soon I unwrapped because the cardboard broke while it was wrapped, it was looking loose. I made another one but I used glue in it to protect it from breaking and keep it hard.

I cut the carboard and wrapped red yard over it using glue

My third try was my nickname “Fo” I loved it more than my previous tries, because it looks much neater and after wrapping it I dipped the finished work in glue and water mixture. It became hard and the wrapped yarn doesn’t move or come off easily. 

I used double layer of cardboard, wrapped it and dipped it in glue and water mixture and let it dry for few hours

DIY crochet cord cover

Hello again,

Finally got a solution to keep my earphone cord protected and tangle free. Few days back i was checking instagram and i saw a picture of colourful pretty looking covered earphones, so i got an idea to do the same with my earphones. So i searched the net how to do it, but some how i just wanted to crochet the cord. So i used a multi soft colours yarn that i already had at home, i did not buy anything, i just used what i had at home.

Things i used:

  • yarn
  • earphone cord
  • crochet hook (TULIP 5)
  • craft glue

I started from the bottom of the cord, glued the start of the chain so it doesn’t move and crochet easily.

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I crochet till i reached the joint and continued crochet till i reached one end and glued the ending point to the end of ear bud, then started from the joint again to finish the second end and glued ending of the second earbud to the end of the chain, so that it doesn’t come off or move.

snapchat-1708984949-01.jpeg  I used double yarn, so the length i cut the yarn wasn’t enough at all, so i kept cutting more and more and still it wasn’t enough, but i managed to continue crochet neatly.

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Crochet Cord Cover Final Look

If you want to learn how to crochet it check this website: Easy Listening Earbud Covers

or if you want to learn how to wrap it then check this website: How to Make Tangle Free Headphones with Embroidery Floss

DIY Painted Fig Leaves

Hello,

Few days back i saw a tutorial how to draw and colour a tree leaf, i rememberd i had some dried leaves under my books and thought to colour them instead of drawing one.

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These leaves are pressed and won’t separate from another orelse they will break, that thin and delicate they are. I just did my best to give it a galaxy look, i know there is no black and i intentionally avoided it, i let the end of each leaf and shadows take up the black colours role. I am going to frame it and hang it in my room.

DIY CD Stones Placemat

Hello again,

Previously i made stones placemat using hot glue and i wasn’t that satisfied with it, so i thought to try it with crafts glue. Though i wasn’t sure if crafts glue will stick and hold the stones on the CD, but it did, and it worked better than the hot glue.

So i took a CD, chose the stones i wanted to stick to the CD, and started gluing them on the CD. I had to be very careful while gluing the stones because they would still move, but on the other hand it was good for me it made it easier for me to adjust them.

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After gluin all the stones, i poured glue in the empty holes showing between the stones to fill them up and cover them. I let the stones try for 3 days just to make sure the glue has dried completely and you will know it when the CD is not soft and flexible anymore.

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And finally it’s ready, i tested it by putting my glass tea pot on it, and the stones did not come out or moved from pots heat and it remained hard.

to give it a shiny look, you can apply a soft layer of craft glue on the stones or diluted with water.

you can see my previous hot glue stones placemat work here DIY Stones Placemat