It’s 2019, what’s stitchin’?

In the final months of 2018 I experienced some sort of crafting crisis brought on by the fact that I challenged myself to -moving forward- make money from my creations. This challenge was so out there for me, so audacious that I got really excited about it – which all good goals should do, right? And considering that I’m basically a foreigner here who doesn’t even know the language well enough to do anything much outside the house, you could say that this bite is quite actually too big for me to chew.

But whatever. I needed a challenge and it was no longer enough for me to just learn new things. I needed to level up.

Agonizing

Making the mental shift from pure hobby & entertainment to something entrepreneurial however, was (and is still) proving to be really difficult. For starters, all my research suggests that I should decide on one, just one, item to make/sell. I can branch out later, but I need to pick one item that would be my flag-bearer, so to speak. And oh my goodness, this was so, SO dang hard! As a matter of fact I’m still not sure I’m decided!

Lessons

While agonizing over this I made several items as prototypes, most of them were dead-ends, but I did learn some very important lessons in the process. For one, I didn’t want to bother with sizing, so wearables were out. I also learned that you save yourself a lot of stress by choosing items that are easy to photograph. I’m still doing a lot of think work around this and there are times when I just want to give-up because it’s taken the spontaneity out of something that brings me joy.

Advantages

However, choosing what to make and focusing on it is actually also smart. I don’t waste money buying different types of materials and I can buy what I need in bulk. Focus also facilitates mastery, something that’s always a good thing in my book.

A long journey

My research also tells me it will still be quite some time before things really take off, so I’m not under any false expectations that good stuff will happen within the year. What matters to me is that I have a focus and I start the learning process now.

Something New

That said I also realized it would be a big advantage to learn how to sew. Fabric is cheap here in Indonesia and I’ve seen a lot that are so beautiful. Oh the things I can make once I know how to sew! ๐Ÿ˜€

So that’s where I’m at, craft-wise. I’m deliberately taking it slow on the crocheting and knitting this month so I can figure out how and when to learn how to use my mini sewing machine (not so easy when you’re taking care of a curious tiny human). I’ll be posting pictures of my progress on Instagram as I go along.

Happy New Year and, stitch awesome! ๐Ÿ’–

Yarn Shopping In Batam

venus button

I’m almost reluctant to use the term “yarn shopping” to refer to buying benang rajut (crochet/knitting thread or yarn) here in Batam. All I can say is, it’s a far cry from what I’m used to.

The store Venus Button is, according to Ibu Ika (the cleaner) and her daughter Mufa, the biggest/most comprehensive needle craft store in Batam. So after establishing its location in Google Maps, I asked my husband to drive me there for a check.

Although I was expecting something bigger based on the description, I wasn’t really surprised to see it’s a small store. This is what you see when you take a step inside the door:

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And when you swivel your torso this is what’s to your left:

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It is stocked to the rafters up until the back end of the store so I guess this small space can contain all the needle-crafting needs of Batam Island. I’m only here for the crochet thread though and, lucky me it was right under my nose (just a single step inside the door ๐Ÿ˜).

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Wait! Is that an English newspaper page I see on the counter? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

They only had 2 types of thread available, I think the other one was polyester and felt & looked like string with a bit of mushiness in it. The saleslady said that was used for making bags & shoes. I went for the cottons and was delighted to find some in pretty colors ๐Ÿ˜ According to the sales attendant the cottons were used for making pieces of clothing. I had my doubts at first glance but I waited until I got home for closer scrutiny to make a decision.

I think that these threads would be great for motifs, appliques, doilies, bags & other items where strength & some stiffness are required. These threads are rough to the touch and I can’t imagine wearing something made out of it.

benang rajut

These are the colors I settled on for now. I’ll be back for more as the need arises, I’m definitely game for some bag making in 2019. And I guess I still need my online stores for a wider variety of yarn.ย  Glad I made this local discovery though ๐Ÿ˜Š

Stitch awesome! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›