Making Your Handmade Items Stand Out
Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s the little things.”? I believe we can include our handmade items in this saying. So, how do you make your item stand out above everyone else’s? Here are just a few tips.
1) Tie in all your ends and make them invisible. I was recently on vacation, and stopped into a local country store. I saw some handmade washcloths/dishcloths, and decided to pick it up to look at it. I was more looking at the design, rather than quality, but what I saw surprised me. Ends that were knotted, and not tied in. (See the pic below. The ends are right below the tag, and were much more obvious in person. How willing would you be to pay $3.95 for this?)
2) Learn how to properly change colors. It sounds like something so little, but it will make a big difference in the finished look of your item.
3) Check your gauge. If you’re following a pattern it really does pay to check your gauge. I never did until a few years ago. I decided to make myself a sweater from a pattern I had purchased. I didn’t get far before I realized that the sweater would fit my six year old. It was then that I first started checking gauge. I had to go up 2 hook sizes, and make it one size larger than I actually needed, just to get it to fit me! (And I thought I was a tight crocheter!)
4) Make sure your project has a good drape. If you’re not following a pattern, make sure your piece isn’t crocheted too tightly, or too loosely. A good drape will be somewhere in the middle. If you’d like some great tips on how to achieve a good drape, the CLF (Crochet Liberation Front) has a great article HERE.
5) Most importantly, make your item to the quality you would expect to buy from someone else. If you wouldn’t buy your item, specifically for quality issues, consider what you can do to make it something great.
It’s not usually noticed when we go that extra little bit, but it is definately noticed when the quality is rushed or missing. Take the extra time to give your crocheted item 200%.
I’d love to hear other tips if you have them.