Archive for July, 2006

i need somebody

Posted in crafting on July 2, 2006 by askthesky

help! i’m trying to generate some extra income in my etsy shop, and i’ve been working on some prototypes.  will you be my focus group? 

i read an excellent tutorial on the online magazine crochet me, and found myself super inspired to make some neck-laces.  i love crocheting, mostly because i’m pretty fast, so things go bouncing along, and then i’m enjoying the product rather than endlessly creating and eventually getting impatient and giving up. 

i had never tried beaded crochet, and i found it to be very accessible and easy to get the hang of- you certainly lose some of your rhythm, but it seems to be worth it for a small project like this.  i don’t think i’ll be making any beaded crochet bags any time soon, but i think these necklaces are the ideal size for this technique. 

the first example is the necklace i made for my three year old, sage.  she chose the beads on this after i had chosen the floss (embroidery floss, as i have no crochet cotton in the house at the moment).  she has a wonderful sense for color, i think. 

this one is very small and simple, since i knew she would be twisting and turning it, tugging, etc.  it looks so cute on her- i’ll attempt to get a photo of that later, when she’s awake. 

this one is of hemp, with rainbow-colored glass beads and silver tone rounds.  it’s a little stiff, but again, i thought i’d use what i had for the prototypes. 

this one, which i’ve called emma, is embroidery floss in 2 colors, rainbow glass beads, and a sterling silver lobster clasp.  i wore this last night and got a few compliments- it, too, looks better on:

so, my dears, would you wear a design like any of these?  would you prefer something simple, or more ornate?  what would you think would be a fair price for a handmade piece like this? 

please comment with your thoughts, and thanks in advance.  now, back to your hot dogs and fireworks.  have a beer for me!