Monday, May 30, 2011
In order to help myself let go of my crocheted wire jewelry I sometimes take photos that are more artistic and less descriptive, if i cant have the jewelry at least i can have the memory.
The image above that I call sea of crocheted gold wire was taken thanks to having to make M A N Y crocheted gold drops with a pearl.
I like the impact of multitudes, it adds richness, glitter and movement, it adds effortless mysteriousness.
The sea of crocheted gold wire photo consist of dozens of crocheted drop earrings with a pearl, a classic earring design of mine that was bought in high volumes in the beginning of May around Mothers day thanks to a mention in the daily candy , you can read more about that "event" in my post my-marathon-of-crocheting-wire
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A glimpse to how and where i crochet me jewelry, of course its only the the crocheting itself, the assembling and metalworking is done on a proper table.... no escape...
In the image:
my "portable work corner" : i.e. my plastic milky suitcase
my crochet hooks
my "crocheted handmade" tools - the way to start any of my designs
my beloved gold filled wire spool (the silver sneaked out of the frame)
color wire for experiments
experimental pieces in process
my TO DO notebook
and most important my "recipe crochet notebook" where i write down all the patterns and little tips for myself, what not to do next time i repeat a design, how much wire to leave etc.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Its Friday afternoon (well it was when i started writing this post )when a wonderful silence goes down on the world, at least on my "time zone"...
I'm not religious but I can feel the specialty of the hour introducing itself. I've had a hectic week as always and a wonderful workshop this morning with the most calm, peaceful and talented girls. It was our first meeting of a beginners group and I enjoyed every minute, it is so enjoyable when my students realize how simple crocheting with angels is and how achievable. until that moment they are usually skeptic if they will achieve the same level of work that they see on my designs, and Yes they can :)
But this is not what I wanted to write about today, I wanted to introduce you with a new love of mine, Rose Gold. A couple of weeks ago I purchased a small spool of rose gold filled wire, some in 0.3mm or 28 gauge (my default favorite wire gauge) and some thicker wire, so I can start exploring its behavior and potential and see if we have a click. I only just started and i can tell - YES YES YES, a summer romance has started blooming. One thing that does worry me is the availability, its not as common as yellow gold filled and many of the clasps and findings i love using are not available in rose gold, well, im not going to give up, i"ll have to tackle it creatively.
The first 2 designs I made are my crocheted pods on a hoop and my jumbo hoops , the pinkish rosiness of the rose gold looks especially wonderful with the grayness of the oxidized silver wire. I would love to hear which other designs you would like to see in rose gold....
enjoy your weekend !
Monday, May 16, 2011
I just crossed the deadline of the marathon run of my life (till now), its not an actual run, im not that sporty.... it was many Km of crocheting wire :)
it all started on May 3rd when i was mentioned on The daily candy under the mothers day recommended gifts. well it wasn't actually even me that was recommended but my golden drop earrings with a pearl.
I've been mentioned in the past on the press so although i knew it was coming and although the journalist worn me to be prepared with some stock, i didnt really take it seriously since didnt know the daily candy, actually never heard of it to be honest.
so there it was My 3rd 2PM Israel time and 7Am east cost time and the orders started getting in, one and another one and another, i was looking at the screen in disbelief wondering if my etsy shop wont collapse with so much traffic, it turned into a race will i mange to put the item back into the shop before it gets bought again.... at some point i started renewing in bunches.
ok- so at the beginning i was thrilled but then i started panicking, how do i supply all these orders, my items are all handmade from scratch. I even considered turning the shop off saying this is it, i cant supply any more, so either order and wait a couple of days till i deliver or skip this one and come back on another time.
but since being me was stronger then having sense i kept watching the screen seeing another new line and another.
I packed my bag, told my hubby im going home to start working on all these orders, its not funny anymore.. went home situated myself on my favorite coach with all the materials around me and started producing the main hit of most orders, the crocheted golden drops with a pearl.
Shortly i realized i need to make some urgent supply orders, which i did, eventually i would have to make another order because my estimations were still modest in compare to what was commimg.
I kept working into the night, woke up early and got back to my coach, it went like this for 4 days, my hands heart and the thing that frightened me more then anything is that i hurt my hands and wont be able to supply all the orders.
Making all these items (more then a hundred) wasnt the only task, preparing the mailing and actually sending it all out to the right address (after locating all the extra 4 digits etc...for faster delivery), FIOOOOO... I was so lucky that the whole family gathered together to give a hand, the kids put labels on the boxes, located the 4 digits for the postal addresses, my hubby kept track of what was packed and made sure it went to the right addresses with the right notes inside.
We woke up On Sunday morning, took a photo shoot of all the envelopes spread on our studio table and hit it to the post office. I was never so nervous as that morning, all i wanted was to have it all sent out, to be able to notify all my buyers its on the way, that now its beyond me and now the postal services should get to work.
It wasn't easy and i had some very down moments that even brought me to tear, it happened everyday at around 16:00 everyday when my back started aching and i realized what i wont be able to finish all that i planned that day.
looking back i should have left a note quite early when orders started flowing in that it would take at least a week or 2 to supply and maybe then i would have stressed a bit less, next time ? i wonder......
Posted by YooLa at 10:57 AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
May is here !!! and I'm celebrating my third year on the ciber world ,Yoola is three years old :)
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Sunday, May 1, 2011
I was hoping to issue another video of my wire crocheting much earlier, but time fly by and so many other projects got in the way, but this is it, its here, my YoolaCuff video tutorial for making a crocheted cuff bracelet.
You need so much patient for video editing, i wouldn't have guessed, the funny thing is i thought it would be easier then writing more tutorials, and will enable me to issue new wire crocheting tutorials faster Haaaa :)
So its for sure not easier and it will take some time to publish more, but i think its very much worth it, it may even build up to an online workshop, ambitious for someone that only has 2 video tutorials, i know.
How it works - the buyer receives a link and a code that enable him or her to view the tutorial online. in addition i send the PDF tutorial for some more reading .
I also offer people that bought from me in the past the YoolaCuff tutorial to upgrade for a special reduced rate so they don feel left out .