Amigurumay Day 25 ‘Good To Know’

Amigurumay Day 25 ‘Good To Know’

I thought hard about what to write for the prompt ‘Good to Know’. I thought about sharing the crocheters who inspired me or links to websites which have taught me how to crochet but I thought I’d talk about time.

Time. It’s a somewhat strange concept, especially when crafting something. I think so many people see the finished product and don’t appreciate how long it takes to make. 

Photo of crochet dolls by G Clark Hellery

Some of my pieces might take a few hours to make, such as these cacti.

Photo of crochet disney cacti by G Clark Hellery

But other pieces, such as my dolls, might take me over 10hours to finish. To give you an idea, I was commissioned to make Ariel and to thread and style her hair took me over 2.5hours. That was just her hair!

Photo of crochet mermaid by G Clark Hellery

I designed this baby Yoda (or Grogu and we now know). I can’t remember how long it took me to design and make him so I was happy, but there was a lot of ripping out and starting again. The finished Grogu is relatively small, perhaps only 12cm but takes me approximately 5hours to make from beginning to end.

Photo of crochet Grogu by G Clark Hellery

I sent a dear friend a message over the weekend, giving him a sneak peek at a small crochet project I’m currently working on. I’ll share the finished piece soon but my friend was really excited and said his wish for me was that I could make a sustainable business from selling my crochet pieces. I said whilst that’s my dream, the reality is sadly slightly more depressing. I’ve been crocheting for over 4years now, and whilst I wouldn’t like to guess how much time has been spent ‘hooking’, and I’ve watched a LOT of tutorials for different techniques and tried different things. The minimum wage in the UK is currently £8.72 per hour so to make Grogu should cost £43.60 BEFORE adding materials or postage. Who would pay that for a small toy? Especially when you can buy Grogu in the Disney Shop for  £21. Sadly the cost of labour doesn’t make it sustainable. In order to make myself competitive, I need to reduce my hourly rate significantly which may make it unsustainable.

But that doesn’t mean I won’t continue to crochet and accept commissions as I love making things and seeing peoples faces when they receive them but was I do ask when next time you buy something handmade, think about the time it’s taken for a small maker to create it.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see more of my makes. I’m always open to Commissions, just or have a look in my Shop to see some of my other makes.

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