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.


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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.

Turn your failure into success

2 years ago I started making this shawl, but while making it I stopped because there was not enough yarn and got lazy to go and get more yarn to finish it.

I got lazier and started loosing interest in completeting it and my goal of reaching to a certain length wasn’t reached and I left it undone.

Looking at my unfinished project resting in my cupboard for two years started giving me that feeling of a failure, who starts something and never finishes or doesn’t complete it in a right way and wastes things.

Not accepting my faliure gave me an idea to turn it into something else within a very short time period and get done with it.

So I turned it into a “Cape”, from making a shawl that took me couple of months to ending up making it a cape, took me 10 minutes to do it and my project is completed.

Same thing happened 6 years back, when I first tried making cupcakes, my first try went total failure, but I did not give up, I turned it from ugly weird shape cupcake to a turtle putting his head out.

Sometimes it is hard to accept failure and start over again, but turning your failure to another success is called CREATIVITY.

I believe it is waste of effort, time or money or all three of them if we abandon some unfinished or the unexpected result tasks or projects. It can make you feel bad about yourself and demotivate you. So instead of feeling bad about it and thinking it’s not your thing and never try again, why not turn that failed project into something that would give us an opposite and different feeling about it.

It can take time to get a better idea to finish the task or project, but it’s worth trying to finish it

And this is my finished project

And my turtle cupcake

😀

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”

Crochet: Stuff that i tried

Hello again,

This post is about the things i made using one yarn.

I keep trying making new things using different yarn colours and sizes and for the first time i thought of actually buying a thin cotton yarn (1-3 mm hook can be used for it), usually i buy wool yarn or thick cotton yarns and use (3.00 mm – 10.00mm) hooks.

But for this one i used 1.6 mm

You can see in the pictures below the things i have made using this beautiful colour yarn, first things i made were the bookmarks, then i tried making a phone cover and then cosies. I still have yarn left to try making more things and definitely will upload my new work.

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1.6 mm hook. Love the yarn colours

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Things that i have made using same yarn, Bottle cosy, Bookmark, Phone cover and Mug cosy

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Note 8 phone cover

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Feather Bookmark

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Another bookmark

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Mug cosy

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My mug looks beautiful now

If you like my ideas and the things i made or you have different ideas i can try please let me know through a comment below.

Thanks 😀

#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 yarn hanging

Hello

Few days back i saw a post about DIY yarn hanging, it encouraged me to make one since i had intention to do something similar. It is very easy to make using very basic and simple materials that you might find in your house or your garden. What i love about this DIY decoration is; it does not require much effort or materials, yarn can be found at any store and in different colours, you have the freedom of choice to use any kind of colour and material and make it in any shape and length.

It took me almost an hour because, i was slow and doing manything at a time otherwise it wouldn’t take more than half an hour to make.

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DIY Yarn Hanging

Material i used:

  • Cotton/wool yarn ( i hade this one from years and was wondering what to make of it )
  • Scissors
  • Ring ( i used our old microwave’s support roller ring )
  • Paper yarn
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What to do:

Fist of all it is not necessary to use a ring, you can use a tube or a twig, but since i wanted to recyle the roller ring i used it, same thing with yarns, i had them from very long time and i did not know what to do with them so i used them and luckily colours match. If you don’t have paper yarn then you can paint the ring of what ever shape you are using.

I cut the rollers attached to the ring to have a propper round shape. I used glue gun and paper yarn to cover the ring and that is the only part that took time because, i was very careful to apply very small and sufficient amount of glue before it dries.

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Paer Yarn Covered Roller Ring

I cut the coloured yarn in some length (I did not measure it at all), and looped it onto the ring and pulled it tight. At the end i trimmed the bottom V shape, but you can also try ( / , ^ , semi circle or straight line).