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Tuesday May 17th, 2005 09:07 PM
Been kinda down recently about my crochet. I'm still making lots of hats but it feels like no one wants them and I'm wasting my time. I managed to sell one on Trademe this week, so I suppose that's something. I went down to the uni quad markets before and there's at least 5-6 people selling hats, not exactly like mine but enough so it feels like there's a glut in the local market. I used to have high hopes of selling them on consignment in local shops, but now my self-esteem has dropped too low for me to be confident enough to approach them :( Plus I keep coming across these amazingly creative people who are really pushing artistic boundaries, and it makes what I do seem so mediocre and dull. I want to do something more creative with my crochet, but I'm scared of failure - I get a vivid picture of something in my head when I'm inspired, and I don't want to actually try to achieve it because I think I'm going to stuff it up. At least while it's in my head it's as perfect as I want it to be :/

Ah well, onwards and upwards. My darling husband told me that I have been listing them in the wrong category on Trademe - in "accessories/other" rather than "accessories/hats and caps" - so that's something I can fix once the auctions are up. DH is also going to help me create a website to sell the hats from as well. And I've just about finished a poncho in grey, blue, yellow and orange (a really funky mix of colours!) which I'm pretty sure I'll be able to sell quickly, and that will give me more confidence in my abilities.

I'm not sure how I'm going to solve the creative crisis - I know I should try starting something new and ambitious, but everytime I think about doing that, little voices in my head pipe up telling me all the things that are half-finished that I should do first. Or I feel too stressed and tired to even think about where to start, and end up back with my old familiar granny squares, which I can literally do with my eyes closed. I suspect some of this stress is caused by my essay due this week, and worrying about my boss going on holiday for a month, so I've just got to soldier on. And I guess there aren't any crochet police cracking a whip at me to make me be creative, are there?!

comment by auclaire
Tuesday May 17th, 2005 09:42 PM
Poo...I know exactly how you feel...your creative well is empty. I've lately managed to fill mine up again by trying a brand new medium...I've always done fabric crafts, and lately I've been working with paper. Since it's totally new, I can't be perfect with it, and therefore couldn't care less if I'm not. I'm certainly not going to put supper on the table with my paper crafting skills, but trying something totally creative with nothing riding on it gets the juices flowing again! Give it a shot...and see if it works for you.
comment by octopusgrrl
Tuesday May 17th, 2005 10:18 PM
Thanks for the advice :) My dh has also suggested I step away from the crochet for a while, but it's like going cold turkey - I still enjoy the actual "doing" so much, it's just when I start to look at what I've made and the why of it that I feel bad. But maybe after this poncho is finished I might work on some hand-quilting, or beading or something, just to have a break... I tried doing some painting the other weekend, but it ended up getting so "loaded": I was terrified of botching it up, so I gave it up halfway. It's still sitting on my buffet looking accusingly at me...

BTW, when I was at the markets, a girl was selling these amazing brooches made from... builders paper! She paints it and then heats it in the oven, and it shrinks and holds its shape, and the end result looks like hand-dyed silk, which she then embroiders and beads - really beautiful and inspiring.
comment by saffronwoman
Tuesday May 17th, 2005 11:09 PM
I don't crochet, but I know what you mean. I've put one of my dolls up for sale on ebay and no one has bid on her, and it's up in less than an hour! I'm crushed. And I could really use the money (is that too practical?)

I went to your photo album here and looked at your hats again. Don't get down on your talent. It's there, the hats are cute and they will sell.

Maybe it's slow because summer is on the way? Maybe by the time fall rolls around your site will be up and sales will pick up?

In the meantime, everytime I feel stifled, I try something new - like a kit craft. Origami, candle making, something. It always helps (usually because I suck at it and I go running back to what I know I'm good at! - LOL)
comment by sarabell
Wednesday May 18th, 2005 12:31 AM
how about modifying your medium to fit the season? either try a raffia hat or crochet something else like bags or breezy little tops? i used to crochet hats and pretty much hats only, but it has evolved to bags. i've been making and selling them on and off for a few years now and they sell best in the spring and summer. i don't do any "official" selling at any markets or anything, though. just word-of-mouth and my husband sells them for me since i don't really know anyone around here. not making crazy $$ but it's nice to have a little extra coin.
comment by octopusgrrl
Wednesday May 18th, 2005 01:00 AM
Thanks, saffronwoman and sarabell - it's just starting winter here (I'm in New Zealand), so I was kinda hoping the hats would take off *sigh*

saffronwoman, I hope your beautiful juggler gets snapped up by someone who will appreciate her :) The problem with auction sites like ebay and trademe, though, is that everyone's out to get something good at a bargain price *sigh* I don't think you're being too practical - I could really do with the money from my hats at the moment, as well as the ego boost of having them sell.

sarabell - are these the raffia bags with matching fimo buttons? I love the one you made for belleepoque! I crocheted a backpack once from black plastic garbage bags, and it had a similar texture. Good luck with selling them - your bags deserve admiration :)
comment by Catana
Wednesday May 18th, 2005 08:48 AM
I'm in the same place--need to make money from my work, need to branch out and be more "on the edge," need to take more risks. I look at other people's work and think that I'll never be that creative.

Keep adding to your skills and techniques. For inspiration, look at arts and crafts that have nothing to do with crochet. I find that helps sometimes when I'm stuck for new ideas.
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