Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I know these smallish clasps and rings are not very particular to my wire crochet jewelry making,
and i know that beaders have an even more complicated challenge organizing their materials then me.
After all almost all my clasps , rings, ear wire etc go into this one sweet aluminum box, well , and to be honest just another one with my pearls, stones and other cuties.
I got acquainted with this cute organizer on my latest crochet wire jewelry making workshop that ended just last week, its so true that by teaching you get so much yourself!!! one of my students, Sigal, (check her jewelry here, she is very talented!) brought her little box with her, and it was love at first site ! she told me she brought it from New York a couple of years ago but that she thinks I can also get one at a local supplier.
The lesson was on Friday, so I had to stay put till Sunday, which isn't easy for me. On Sunday I immediately ordered 2 boxes and happily filled it up the following day.
its been 2 weeks now but I still find myself staring at it with great satisfaction and affection :)
until today i had this quite large milky plastic box where i put all my items in small plastic bags, the main problem was i sometimes had too much of one item and too little of another, i also wasn't comfy shlepping it around with me.... and since my favorite jewelry making spot is my sofa just next to the garden, It is an issue !
happy Wednesday everyone !!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
While getting ready to the coming holidays, I decided its time to say goodbye to some dear tube wire crochet necklaces that i have been making and collecting for a couple of years.
the mentioned tube necklaces are all made of copper artistic wire in various colors, the first one from this special offer is already on its way to Singapore.
The necklaces are offered for a very attractive price, about half to third of the regular collection , part of the reason is that those colors are no longer available and can not be reproduced.
The tube necklaces look great on its own but also in layers, so feel free to pick more then one.
If you want to learn how to make yourself the YoolaTube necklace, you are welcome to check the online video tutorial, or the PDF instructions or the YoolaTube Video kit.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Ruffled fashionable earrings made of crocheted gold wire, an invisible spool knitting ribbon formed into a lovely long ruffle, creates UN-resistible festive earrings .
try it you'll like it :)
Monday, September 26, 2011
It's been a while now that I've been fascinated by knots, the simple ones and the more complex,
and i just had to integrate it into my wire crochet creations.
I started reading around (thanking the universe for bringing the internet into our lives....) , I found endless sources about Celtic and Chinese knots , apparently I'm not the only one fascinated about them these days, or maybe not just these days.
Although I'm not Irish (at lest as far as I know) , and although my red hair isn't really mine either, i decided I could "adopt" the knotting into my knitting (nice....)
Im trying to figure out WHY, although its not really that important and I think that maybe the fact that knots have been around for thousands of years if not more, simply adds a flavor that only renewed and recycled objects can bring.
or maybe its the simplicity, its one of these things that anyone can do , a universal knowledge.
In the photo is my celtic heart necklace , made of a handmade crocheted chain, (executed in my invisible spool knitting technique) , it is made of fine fine yellow gold filled wire.
more will come in this direction.... I promise :)
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Infinity is a shape that has fascinated me ever since I started designing, and It keep appearing in my designs when I don't expect it :) ages ago when I was still a young design student i created a hanger for a chair in the shape of infinity, this design won me the first place in a compettion held by an Italian company name Progetti. this project made me believe in myself as a designer.
The second time i can mark that this shape came to me when i first discovered the world of jewelry making and stamped infinity spirals on my first handmade silver ring, this was defiantly a life changing experience , since my love affair with jewelry started at that day.
And here it is again, this idea for a necklace has been sitting in my head for quite a while but I never got there to actually making it, until last week :)
I think my special bond with the infinity shape comes from it's reflection in me, I'm also in a constant move.....
The infinity wire crochet necklace is 43 cm (19inch) long and is made of quality gold filled wire, I plan to also make it in rose gold and in white silve
I already have a first order for this necklace ... huuuray !
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Welcome to have a little peek into my WIRE CROCHET jewelry workshops, the workshop take place in my studio in Yahud, Israel.
If its too far away for you , you can still enjoy my online video tutorials and PDF tutorials.
If its too far away for you , you can still enjoy my online video tutorials and PDF tutorials.
הצצה לסדנאות סריגה בחוטי כסף וזהב שאני עורכת אצלי בסטודיו......
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
SO according to all calenders the 25th is behind us and its time to reveal who is the lucky winner, the winner will be able to pick one of my CROCHET WIRE video tutorials.
The winner will choose between the YoolaCuff , the YoolaPixieBeads and the YoolaPotion charm these are the online video tutorials that I currently offer, coming really soon is also a video tutorial of the YoolaHoops.
The winner will receive a password protected invitation to view the detailed step by step video online for unlimited times plus a written printable PDF to accompany it.
In total we had 43 participats which is brilliant , I thoroughly read everyone's picks from my WIRE JEWELRY shop, the picks were very versatile .
I prepared 43 notes with numbers and my hubby drew out of the bowl just one.... the lucky no that turned out was 7, what a number ! and the person behind this no is : Csili jewelry
im curouse to see what she will pick .
Thank you all for participating :) I promise to do more giveaway, it was fun, so keep tuned not to miss it out.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Its giveaway time ! I haven done one in more then a year, so I figured since it was so fun the last time its time to do one again !
The winner will be able to choose one of my online video tutorials, either the YoolaCuff, YoolaPixieBeads, Yoolpotion charm or the coming very soon YoolaHoops.
The winner will be announced on July 25 just before i go on holiday, feel free to spread the word, anyone can participate, the more the merrier :)
In order to participate all you have to do is take a look at my etsy shop and leave here a comment with a link to your favorite item on my shop, the comments are moderated to avoid spam so it takes a while before its out there.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
My Luna Lovegood Dirigible Plum Radish earrings in red and green are fun and funky and a great way to celebrate the last film in the harry potter series, I know you may think I'm too old to be a fan but that's the truth.....
The errings were suggested to me by heather (a fellow etsian) as a challenge and turned out fun and popular !
My daughter is a big fan of Harry Potter so you can guess I was easily convinced to make her Dirigible Plum Radish earrings as Luna Lovegood wears in one of the early harry potter films.
This designs celebrates already a couple of years and received many wonderful feedbacks from people that bought them or gave them as present. you can see some here :
"these are exquisite - even better in person than on the website - thank you so much!!!!!"
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Anna is an Ellipse geomtric crochet ring in rose gold,
I would like to introduce you with a new ring design, high in the front and low in the back. I came up with it thanks to my cleopatra cuff, introduced not long ago.
I plan to one day put all my design in order, to analyze which intrigued which, im sure it will be inetersting
I hope it don't postpone it too much not sure what i still remember.
Every once in a while I wonder which is abetted strategy, to call my items in descriptive names which is a must for the SEO (search engines) to find me , or give them names that I can relate to, it can take it to a certain period or figure like my cleopatra line .
So for this one i comined both, i strted by clling it just an Ellipse Geometric crochet ring in rose gold, but then I felt something is missing, and I got an urge to call it Anna , I can't really explain why, which Anna, from which book i read lately ?
No idea..... But I hope it will give it good carma.
Monday, June 13, 2011
A couple of weeks ago I got a nice email from someone telling me he knows how much his mom likes my jewelry and that he would like to buy her my pod hoops with a matching necklace, he knew exactly what shades size etc. He told me it's for her 50'th birthday.
He also wrote me he was really busy and it would be the easiest for him to pick it up from the museum shop close to his house, where he knows my jewelry are on display.
Naturally I imagined a 20 something young man, so I wrote him back that if the specific items are not available there the easiest thing to do would be to buy it online and get them directly to his mail box.
At this point I got a very surprising email,..... He wrote me he is too young to have a credit card, that he was only 14 years old and his dad would phone to finalize the payment .
I was SO surprised ! I have 2 14 year old at home myself so it made me even more touched.
During the weekend I got a wonderfu update from him telling me the birthday took place last week and the present was a BIG SUCESS.
The End ! :)
isnt it just wonderful where the "internet life" takes us ?
Friday, June 3, 2011
For some time now I've been on a hunt after rose gold tube clasps for my YoolaCuff , a wire crocheted bracelet cuff.
I dont think there is one etsy seller I didnt nag about this, plus all loacl supply shops I know.
and finally yesterday just before I was about to give up and send for plating in rose gold my usual yellow gold filled clasp, i found them !!!!! they are just slightly shorter but they are perfect.
I started the hunt for one very dear client that eventually settled for orange wire cuff with yellow gold filled clasps, which turned out stunning ! and continued for another dear client that will I'm sure appreciate the results of my hunt, both already have YoolaCuff in other colors :) one in silver and one in yellow gold.
But to be honest the one that would be the most happy would be me..... because along the search I developed a strong MUST HAVE for a rose gold cuff of my own......
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 !
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
May is here !!! and I'm celebrating my third year on the ciber world ,Yoola is three years old :)
Come celebrate my etsyversary with free shipping world wide, use coupon code YOOLA3YRS to enjoy this automatically.
feel free to share this promo coupon with your friends and on your social networks ;)
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 .
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Occasionally people that see my work for the firs time would stop by either virtually or in real life and say, WOW you are so patient !!! I could never do that...
For their astonishment i tell them they couldn't be more wrong, I'm a rather active person that can't really stay still for too long. Crocheting is surprisingly calming , its my meditation . This is also why I refuse to refer to my jewelry wire crocheting as work, so what if its a source of income.
When I started giving my workshops i learned i wasnt alone there, many of the woman i meet say it gives them this very same feeling, especially with the designs that require more crocheting then assembling, such as the Cleopatra necklace, the YoolaCuff or the YoolaTube necklace.
But all this i already knew , what surprised me was that the other day when i was talking to a colleague about my wire crocheting addiction, he told me that studies show it also has benefits to the brain, (is that's why woman age better then man.... I wonder...).
I googled it and learned that according to Neuroscientist Dr. Yonas Geda from the Mayo Clinic, these activities seem to be neuro-protective and have been shown to reduce memory loss in later years by as much as 50%. he says that these activities also help to:
Reduce symptoms of depression
Boost your immune system
Lower your blood pressure
enjoy your crocheting, knitting, sewing :)
Monday, March 14, 2011
As i have more and more students for my crocheted wire jewelry, both online fro my tutorials and traditional ones that come over to the studio, i decided to collect their beautiful work and enable you to enjoy it too, I couldn't have guessed how much i will enjoy teaching , i guess its not the teaching itself but my special connection with the YooLa in me :)
הצצה קטנה לעבודות של תלמידים או ליתר דיוק תלמידות , חלקן וירטואליות מעבר לים וחלקן נשים אמיתיות עם פנים וקולות שמגיעות לסטודיו לסדנאות. מדהים אותי כמה אני נהנית ללמד, לא יכולתי לנחש ....
אני משערת שזו ה"יולה" שבי.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
My "to write" list is growing longer and longer , and since i just so love marking off lines on my list, I decide to publish 2 new of my crocheted wire jewelry tutorials of old "friends".
My classic golden drops design with a pearl that is very popular among brides and brides made, and my YoolaCuff that was featured on Marie Claire a month ago, in case you missed that :)