What is a handmade and how to make money on it

What is a handmade

People have done something since ancient times. At first it was a necessity, because it was necessary to put something on, from something to eat. Subsequently, crafts have become a way to feed themselves and their families.

One of the directions of craftsmanship is folk art crafts, where things made by skilled craftsmen are not so much practical as an aesthetic and cultural value. From the people’s applied art and begins the activity, called handmade.

Anglicism handmade so firmly entered our vocabulary, that without interpretation is clear the meaning of this word:

Handmeid – these are handmade things, as well as the process of creating them.

But is the carpenter or locksmith a handmade master? This is manual labor. It is believed that this process must necessarily be creative, and things – unique.

If a carpenter makes ten stools a day for one pattern, this can hardly be called a handmade. But if he manually saws a stool with the only carved legs in his way, putting a soul in it, then yes, he’s a mastermind master.

Since my childhood I was very fond of drawing, knitting and doing various crafts. I remember the enthusiastic eyes of my parents, when a new product appeared on the light, invented and made by me. Usually, every thing was done not by pattern, but in a completely new way. I liked to experiment and find non-standard solutions for the manufacture of ordinary things. With age, this hobby is not lost, but grew into a small business: since 2010 I have been engaged in quilling.
Larisa Zasadnaya

In the industrial twentieth century, the demand for handicrafts was almost nonexistent. Why make something, if you can buy in the store? Interest in needlework temporarily revived only in times of total Soviet deficit. Women massively sewed, knitted and embroidered, to at least somehow dress and decorate homes.

In our culture, handicrafts were known as purely feminine, designed to pass the evenings after work. Seriously, the fascination with macrame or beads was not perceived. Unlike Western culture, where handmade things are valued a priori, and the people who create them are considered creators.

It was from the West that the fashion for handmade came in the 21st century. Tired of the same type of industrial items, people are increasingly buying things handmade.

Hendmeid is a way of expressing one’s individuality and showing one’s aesthetic vision of the world.

Thanks to the Internet, needlewomen are no longer bored housewives, but turn into real business ladies who are well versed in sales and marketing.

Pros and cons of handmade

Like any activity, the handmade has its positive and negative sides. Let’s start with a fly in the ointment.

The main disadvantage is quite expensive consumables and tools. At first, a handmade requires considerable investments, and it is sometimes difficult for people to explain why some “knickknack of two ribbons” is so expensive.

People sometimes look at a beautiful and elegant thing and think: “Pff, I’m such a blind man myself!”. At the same time, they forget that simplicity, as a rule, is the result of hard work. Handwork takes a very long time (sometimes you do not sleep at night, just to make it on time), which you could, for example, spend with your family.
Oksana Verkhova

However, the advantages of handmade still more, besides, they are much more weighty.

  • Hendmeid promotes the realization of the creative beginning of personality. Such work is unlikely to ever get bored and turn into a routine.
  • Decorative and applied art promotes the development of thinking and fine motor skills. Manual labor educates in a person patience and accuracy.
  • Hendmeid masters, as a rule, freelancers, therefore, can work from anywhere in the world in a convenient mode for themselves.
  • Hendmeid assumes continuous self-improvement. Customers need to be surprised by new ideas.
  • Constant communication with clients and colleagues promotes the development of communication skills, and feedback on work allows you to objectively assess yourself and give confidence in your own abilities.

But, perhaps, the main advantage of handmade is that it brings a good income. The main thing is to earn a portfolio and get the first orders.

From my point of view, this type of activity has more positive aspects, rather than negative ones. Handmeid helps to relax, to show imagination. You always have a good mood, you get pleasure from work, and it brings a significant profit.
Larisa Zasadnaya

Where to buy materials

Beads, ribbons, paper, glue, paint, accessories – all this is necessary for the handmade. Consumables for handicrafts are not cheap at all, so masters accumulate them for years.

Most often purchased in domestic (“Craft of Needlework”, “Thread-Needle”, “World of Beads”, GreenBird and others) and foreign online stores. A typical problem of domestic stores is that in order to get free shipping, you need to purchase a large batch of goods. The problem of foreign shops is that the calculation is made in foreign currency, and sometimes the parcel takes a very long time.

When I first started out, in my city there were almost no shops with goods for creativity. Now they are at every turn, but the prices there are too high. That’s why the groups with joint purchases and AliExpress are very helpful. But from China, the parcels go for a long time, and sometimes, when you realize that the parcel does not have time to arrive on time, you have to flee to an ordinary store.
Oksana Verkhova

Where to draw inspiration

A key role in popularizing the handmade was played by the Internet. If earlier needlewomen had to buy thematic magazines and share home-made patterns, now everything is on the web.

So, inspiring ideas can be found on the site Pinterest. It is worth entering into the search line keywords, as before you will appear a huge number of boards with different master classes.

handmade: Pinterest

In social networks, a lot of communities both in handmade in general, and in its separate areas (patchwork, decoupage, beadwork and others).

For beginners and not only great help is YouTube: on channels like Etsy, Craftsy, Creativebug, СreativeClub and personal channels of artists you can personally see how this or that product is made, and get a lot of valuable advice from practitioners.

Large English-language DIY-sites:

  • Instructables;
  • Make;
  • Doityourself;
  • Greenupgrader;
  • Craftster;
  • eHow.

As for Russian-language resources, a huge number of useful links are collected here. But, perhaps, the most popular sites are about needlework.

Site Features
Osinka.ru In this online magazine collected a huge amount of information about needlework. The site has a fairly large community. Communication and exchange of experience takes place mainly at the forum. On the site you can leave orders for masters, as well as take distance courses in needlework.
«Country of masters» A site about creativity for children and adults, where many master classes and examples of finished works are collected. There you can find the necessary literature, talk with other masters, and also take online courses that teach different techniques.
“With Your Hands” This is an online club for artists and craftsmen, where you can read useful articles, watch master classes, post your work and take part in competitions.
“The Manmade Runet” This is an online magazine for handicrafts lovers, where special attention is paid to knitting and crocheting, cross stitching and sewing. But also there are master classes on scrapbooking, weaving and other creative hobbies. Communication mainly takes place at the forum.
“In Needlework” A site that looks like a well-known social network name, interface and essence. Here, too, you can post your work, like and comment on others.
“Modern Needlework” A community of active and creative people. At this site you can start your own page, upload photos of your products and share your achievements on the forum.
Rukodelka.ru This is a depository where electronic versions of magazines are kept by sewing, knitting, embroidery and other kinds of needlework in various languages. Editions can be viewed online and downloaded to your computer. Also, you can subscribe to and quickly receive information about the appearance of a new monthly in the repository.

If you have other interesting portals about bookmoney or its separate directions in the bookmarks, please share the links in the comments.

Where to sell works

The main question, tormenting needlewomen who have already filled their hands and are ready to realize their work, is: “Where to start?”.

Since my childhood I’ve been drawing and making something myself. She graduated from art school, entered the University on the specialty “Graphic Design”. I went to work in my specialty, but when I left for the decree, I realized that I wanted something more creative. First I did work for friends and relatives, just to fill my hand. At the same time I photographed everything and put it in my group “VKontakte” – so the first orders appeared.
Oksana Verkhova

If you seriously decided to make a handmade, we recommend that you create a business plan and register at specialized trading floors.

The most famous of them is Etsy. This is an e-commerce platform for creative people, created in 2005 by photographer and artist Rob Kalin. At the moment, Etsy has more than 800 online stores with more than 15 million products.

In 2015, the company entered an IPO, during which it raised $ 267 million. The site is insanely popular all over the world. Many people thanks to Etsy provide themselves a decent income.

According to experts, Etsy is almost the best platform for handmade masters, because unlike Amazon and eBay they have a clearly defined niche. Also your products can be put on:

In RuNet, the most famous trading platform with handmade goods is the Fair of Masters.

The site was launched in January 2006 and is by far the largest Russian-language portal of its kind. As of December 2015, the catalog of “Fair of Masters” had more than two million works.

The portal is not only a trading platform, but also a community of people interested in needlework. There you can read articles about design, creativity and art, keep track of the latest trends, study master classes, exchange experience with other masters and even purchase consumables.

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The French sculptor Auguste Rodin believed that the world will be happy only when each person has the soul of the artist. In other words, when everyone finds joy in their work.

Handmeid is just such a field of activity. Needlework is no longer the outlet of bored housewives. This is an interesting business niche with rather tough competition and high earnings. Thanks to the Internet, the handmade is available to any creative person. It would be a wish!