Oddball Supplies Needed for a Crochet Business

The people on the other end of my charge card must be busting a gut wondering what the heck I’m up to with all the oddball supplies I’ve been ordering lately.

Here’s the short list:

  • a head
  • a body
  • another head

I ordered these body parts because I need something to model my crochet attire.  Why two heads, you ask?  The first one I ordered was a simple Styrofoam head without hair.  After receiving it, I realize that having hair would be preferable and make it easier for folks to see the actual fit and style of my hats and tiaras and so I’ve ordered my second head.  The new one is actually supposed to be used by hair dressers to practice hair styling.  If this whole crochet thing doesn’t work out, maybe I can try doing that for a living.

I’ve ordered a blonde.

And of course, I’m talking about mannequins.


I never thought I’d need a body and two heads for my crochet business!


If you have a real live -willing-  model, you wouldn’t need any mannequins at all.

But I don’t. So I do.

In addition to the body parts I’ve been ordering:

  • Large Envelopes
  • Small plastic bags
  • Tiny Pony beads
  • Even tinier Pony beads
  • A scale – for measuring packages
  • A tape measure – ditto the above reason
  • The business cards I told you about HERE
  • Clothing for the mannequin – I love her artsy vintage-tattooed look but I got her a black turtleneck to change things up from time to time and to add a bit of chicness when needed.
  • And of course all kinds of yarn!

I think I have all the hooks I’ll need.

I also bought the book, Starting an Etsy Business for Dummies (That’s an affiliate link by the way.)

I haven’t read it yet.

Have I forgotten anything?  What crazy things have you purchased for your crochet business or hobby?  Share your thoughts in the comments.

I love hearing from you!


About Robin @ Imperial Crochet

I'm a former community manager of a now defunct lifestyle site who's been writing online, and off, for over fifteen years. My passions include my family, my cat, reading, writing, crochet, and yarn art. I've decided to stitch all of those things together by way of my new blog, Imperial Crochet. I can't wait to see how it all turns out!
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10 Responses to Oddball Supplies Needed for a Crochet Business

  1. Tami says:

    I don’t have a business but for my crochet besides hooks and yarn I have also bought a very large pair of knitting needles – for peacock lace crochet not for knitting, and a hairpin lace loom. Nothing oddball about those things though. 😀

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  2. I looked around my office to see if I bought anything oddball for my crochet. I have two foam heads. Nothing odd there. But I started thinking I wanted a bust and started looking on ebay. Then I came across a full mannequin for a little over $50 bucks! I didn’t order it but I’m so tempted! Can you imagine getting that delivery? LOl

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  3. LoL … fun post to share on my blog’s fb page 🙂 💜 Jackie@KWH

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  4. Thanks for an amusing post 😃 I’ve been buying Styrofoam too but in the shape of balls for crochet bouquets. I managed to find a triangle shape one for the stem but when I put them together it looked like an ice cream cone! I think some adjustments will be needed to that.

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