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My name is Sultana Muzikir and I’m a Handmade Visual Designer and Maker who loves everything handmade. At Sultana’s Crochet, I use many different products and tools when creating and designing my crochet wear, jewelry, and art work. I thought that I would share some of my favorite products and services that I use with you and perhaps they can help you in your creative process.
Yarn and Crafts
Today, I’m going to be talking about my new favorite place to purchase yarn—Mary Maxim. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Mary Maxim, they believe “there is nothing better than the gift of creating something by hand.” The company has been a part of providing handmade happiness for over 60 years. They have exclusive yarns, needlework, kit designs and more. In addition, for all of you puzzle lovers, they have an extensive collection.
Now as many of you may know, I’m allergic to wool. Yes, that’s right! Some of you might be wondering how I can be a crocheter and be allergic to wool. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s quite easy because there are tons of wool-free yarns that are available on the market these days. I’m always searching for high quality and beautiful wool-free yarn. They carry a lot of yarn from a variety of companies and I’ve ordered some wonderful yarn from Mary Maxim like Red Heart Super Saver yarn and Yarnspirations Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn. They also have their own Mary Maxim brand of yarn also. I recently ordered some Mary Maxim Starlette yarn and Mary Maxim Aran Irish Twist yarn. Let me tell you that I am so in love with these yarns. First of all, they’re wool-free acrylic yarn and they are very soft. They’re both easy to crochet with and the colors are beautiful.
I highly recommend trying some Mary Maxim brand yarns. You can also pick up some of your favorite yarns from Lion Brand, Bernat, Caron, and more.
Is your time valuable? If your answer is “yes”, then this Ninja Air Fryer is just right for you. However, it’s much more than an air fryer. It has 8-1 functions like air frying, baking, air roasting, air broiling, toasting, a bagel setting, dehydrating, and keep warm. All of these temperature functions are digitally controlled. It comes with an air fry basket, a sheet pan, wire rack, and a removable crumb tray. It’s also great if you just want to warm something up quickly, but you don’t want to turn on the oven. Another reason why I love this fryer is because, if you have limited counter space, you can flip it up when you’re not using it. Plus, it’s very easy to clean. Your time is valuable and you deserve to protect it by using this time saving Ninja Air Fry Digital Countertop Oven.
I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like grocery shopping. That’s one chore I can do without. That’s why I use Instacart to purchase all of my groceries. They have so many stores you can shop from like major grocery stores, pharmacies, Target, Walgreens, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Sephora, Best Buy, etc. I’m all about convenience. I can order what I want online and have everything delivered to me in 2 hours. No more driving to the store, looking for my items, standing in line, driving back home and then putting the groceries away. I love it!!! To top things off, Instacart recently added Michaels to the stores that they offer. OMG!!! I am soooo excited!!! Now, I can order my crochet, jewelry and other crafting supplies and have them delivered to me in 2 hours too.
If you don’t like grocery shopping like me, or you just love the convenience of online shopping, which saves you time and energy, I highly recommend that you try Instacart. Click on this link to get started. Happy Shopping!
One of my main resources that I use for just about everything is Amazon Prime. I absolutely love it!!! I highly recommend that everyone should try Amazon Prime out. You can find just about everything that you’re looking for on Amazon. I love the convenience of shopping and when you have Amazon Prime, you can receive your items within at least 2 days and sometimes even faster. On top of everything else, you also get Free Shipping! Depending on when you order some items, you can receive them the same or next day at no extra charge. I have ordered so many different types of things on Amazon i.e. crochet supplies, clothing, shoes, toys, kitchen ware, food, and the list goes on and on. Amazon Prime always comes to the rescue when I need something quickly for something I’m making or an event that I’m attending. You can try it today by clicking on this link or the banner below. I don’t think that you’ll regret it. Happy Shopping!
Crochet Tools & Accessories
With the 2023 New Year approaching, I decided that I want to learn something new. I chose to learn how to Tunisian Crochet. In order to prepare myself for my new venture, I purchased this Tunisian Crochet Hook Set. It has 11 Tunisian Crochet Hooks and comes with a convenient and beautiful floral cloth case. It’s an ideal set for a beginner like me or an experienced maker. In addition, the price is very reasonable, so you don’t have to break the bank. If you would like to learn how to Tunisian Crochet, I recommend getting this set. It would also make a gift for someone else who might be interested in learning also.
Becraftee Hook Crochet Kit – I love this kit because it has everything that you would need to get started crocheting. In matter of fact, it would also be great for makers who have been crocheting for years. It comes with nine ergonomic handle crochet hooks sizes B-1 (2mm) to J -10 (6mm). The hooks are very comfortable and they are designed to help ease the pain of arthritis and hand pain while crocheting. In addition this kit has yarn needles, stitch markers, scissors, a measuring tape, a row counter, and a gauge ruler. As a bonus, a Hook Conversion Chart is included which shows hook sizes for the US, Metric, and UK. I like that everything is in a cute polka dot zipper case, which makes it easy to carry for travel, etc.
This set has hook sizes L, M, N, and P. Sometimes you need some larger crochet hooks when working with bulky and super bulky yarns. I love this crochet hooks because they are very lightweight and I love the colors. I really like working with bulky yarn and I use these hooks quite often.
I love my Stella Light! Lighting is so important when you’re working on any type of craft, reading, etc. I use it while I’m crocheting and making jewelry. It has three settings that you can adjust the type of lighting you want i.e. cool, pure white, or warm lighting. You can also adjust the intensity of the light. Also, the neck is flexible, so you have the freedom to adjust it to exactly where you need the light. This light is great for anyone with a hobby, sewing, reading or for the office.
B-Land Cell Phone Holder – I have a few cell phone holders. This is one of my latest purchases and I really love the flexibility of this holder. I use it when I’m taking product photo and making videos for my YouTube Channel, etc. It makes it so much easier to get just the right angle for taking photos and videos.
These scissors are small but mighty. They are very sharp and I use them for cutting my yarn and fabric. The small size makes it easy to store and carry in my yarn bag.
I purchased these garment bags to store and carry my handmade crochet pieces. It keeps everything clean and organized instead of in plastic bags or bins. Since I make a lot of ponchos, vests and sweater coats, I’ve found it very convenient to store them in these bags and when I have a craft show, it’s much easier to transport everything to my destination. If you sew garments for sale, these bags would also work great for storage. They can also be used to store your off season clothes until you’re ready to wear them.
This duffle bag is perfect for storing my dress form and clothes rack that I use for craft shows. I used to use large trash bags for the job, but it’s not a very reliable and quite awkward way to transport these items. The duffle bag keeps everything contained securely and the handle makes it easy to carry. Even if you’re not a crafter, it’s perfecto for storing equipment, camping, boating, home storage and much more.
When I saw this head mannequin, I knew that it would be perfect to display my crochet hats,, ear warmers and cowls. It’s lightweight yet sturdy. Previously, I used a foam head, but this particular mannequin is made of plastic and looks more professional. If it gets dirty, It can be cleaned easily with a tissue or water. It comes in a beige color also which I purchased too.
I love this display stand that I’ve used to display my crochet ear warmers and pot holders. I know that the intended use is for displaying jewelry, but I thought it would be great for displaying smaller crochet items also. I do plan to use it for displaying jewelry in the future. In fact, I think that I’ll probably order another one because it’s just that great. You can also use this display to organize and display your personal jewelry too.
Jewelry Making Tools & Accessories
I love these pliers! If you have trouble like I do making loops that are the same size for jewelry making, then these are the pliers for you! They make 1.5 mm loops and it’s so easy to make consistent size loops when you are making earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. These pliers are so easy to use and you can makes lots of loops in a short amount of time. They are a life saver!
I love these pliers also! These make larger 3mm loops for jewelry making. These pliers are easy to use and make it so easy to make consistent loops in just one step. If you don’t have this tool, you need to get one. You won’t be sorry!!!
These are special wire cutters that you need to cut Memory Wire. Memory Wire is very hard and it keeps it’s shape when you pull it apart. If you use regular cutters, you will ruin them. This specialty tool makes a clean and smooth cut. If you work with Memory Wire, you definitely need these Memory Wire Cutters.
When you’re making jewelry or doing any sort of close-up work, you need help seeing what you are doing. So, I use this headband magnifier which is very convenient because it’s hands-free. You can adjust it to fit your head and it fits over your eyeglasses or safety goggles. It comes with 4 interchangeable lenses, so you can adjust the strength of magnification. (1.5X at 15″ focal length, 2.0X 10″, 2.5X 7″, 3.5X 6″. Although I use this magnifier for making jewelry, you can use it for reading, sewing, art work, crocheting and any other hobbies or crafts.
This printer is awesome! It’s not only a printer, it’s a scanner and copier. You can print from a laptop, smartphone, or tablet. In addition, you can download apps that give you the capability to print photos, calendars, posters, and other crafts. I use this printer for my business to scan and print documents, print photos, and much more.
As a maker, it’s necessary to make videos to display your creations. I use social media to and email to keep my audience and customers informed about my products and all of the happenings in my business Sultana’s Crochet. I use my phone to make videos and I also purchased this webcam to make videos also. This camera makes it a lot easier for me to make product and instructional videos. I highly recommend this webcam to make quality videos.