Monday, June 2, 2008

New Love: Hyperbolic Crochet

I got the idea from Nettie (Quoin in flickr) and from there she directed me to The Institute For Figuring. You can see some cool croheted corals and hyperbolic models in there.

These are some that I came up with while trying to figure out how they made those really cool stuff I saw in their gallery. Do you think you'll want some big models of these as a decoration in your homes?

Increase in every stitch:

Increase every two stitches:

Increase every three stitches:

I made them into key chains!

I intend to make lots of them and give them away to some people I know.

I just found that there's an Hyperbolic Crochet pool in flickr! How wonderful!!! I think it's sooo cool.


Wind Mill said...

Those handcrafted items you display are lovely and masterfully done.
Do you do it as a hobby or as a business venture?

Melisa Sriwulandari said...

Hi Windmill! Thanks for asking.
It is a hobby that I am trying to turn into a business venture. I mean, what better way to spend your life than earning money from doing what you love right?

knitting dragonfly said...

These are so cute, and fun!

Melisa Sriwulandari said...

Yup, they're fun to make!

Wind Mill said...

Melisa dear,

What are you waiting for? If you already can blog, blog business for a start.

Offer your lovely handicrafts for a small profit to help advertise yourself and to guage the kinds of items that the public desires most.

Dikit-dikit kan menjadi bukit!

Then when you have gained a wider circle of clients and with your profits saved (I hope) you may venture into a larger sized business setup.

GO girl GO!

Melisa Sriwulandari said...

Hi Windmill (May I know what your real name is?)!

I'm already selling some of my handicrafts to some people I know, over here in Jakarta. But I can only do so much, and can't really single-handedly mass-produce. And the profit is really too small. (I work in the office during the day too).
I realize I might not doing everything I can yet though. But the reason that I'm quite afraid to publicize my blog much is because I'm afraid I can't cope with too many orders. But I can't really only sell what I make too.
Sigh, a bit complicated huh, and I'm getting confused of what to do next actually.
I'm planning to learn more about the handicraft industry of Indonesia first actually. And trying to look out for where do I want to set up my first shop. And ask around about what people might be interested to buy from Indonesia.

Melisa Sriwulandari said...

Oh yea, I forgot to mention that shipping rates from Indonesia are freaking high. That makes me wonder too if people outside Indo would like to buy anything from me. Selling only to Indo people is not an option. They will only pay so much for a handcrafted item, unlike people in other parts of the world. But to do that, I will have to sell something that is uniquely me, something that they can't buy anywhere else. But I still haven't found that part of me yet.

Wind Mill said...

Hi Melisa,

Okays, let me try to sort this initial "panic" which happens to all who begin their thinking process about going into business.

1. There are two kinds of problems when running a business. These are:

A bad problem = lack of new orders.
A good problem = surging orders.

Take your pick, which problem is obviously better of the two?

2. If your products are in demand, people will wait for delivery. One way to fence in your position (because you would know better of your production capabilities) is always to quote a time delivery period. Well, you would have to resort to that method until the production capability becomes higher.

3. When you start off, think big but not larger than real life itself. Think big and be pragmatic.
The whole world is there.

4. Cost of transportation should not be a problem especially for your type of items. They are not large, they are not heavy. They are perishable. Therefore, they can be shipped by the cheapest mode - sea freight.

If the purchaser wishes to have it by a faster transport mode as in Air freight or Door-to-door Courier Service, you can always work out a F.O.B. (I hope you know what Free On Board means) tariff for the International purchaser. The purchaser bears the cost. See, its that simple.

5. Although Indonesia is a terrific market base, I understand what you mean. And you're right about what you comment. BUT Indonesia is NOT the WORLD girl. You know what I mean yah?

So.... GO girl GO!!!

Wind Mill said...

Whooops! there is a typo error in my comment above.

I meant that your items.....

They are NOT perishable.

minta maaf.

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