About Us

At UniQ Creations we specialise in one-of-a-kind handmade. Visit our online shop to view the wide range of products and services including jewellery aka jewelry, wedding stationery, party/baby shower invitations, OOAK and corporate greeting cards, sealing wax, wax seal, name stamp, bookmark and tatting class/patterns/supplies. Each piece is carefully handcrafted one at a time in our home studio. Materials used are of premium quality and are sourced from various parts of the world.

Shuttle tatting classes are conducted at various locations. Office workers interested in lunch time class or organisations interested in conducting tatting class please contact me at uniqcreations4u at gmail dot com to make arrangement.

Wholesale, consignment, custom order and office bazaar inquiries are also welcome.

Clearance Sale

Recently we lost a consignment account and as a result, we have a huge stock of materials and greeting cards to clear. Embellishments, charms, labels, mulberry flowers, stickers, glitter glue, ink pad, embossing powder, pattern papers and cardstocks and handmade greeting cards. Various themes available: birthday, valentine/love, anniversary, Mothers' Day, wedding, baby, Christmas, general, Chinese New Year, get well, condolence, best wishes, frienship, oriental, farewell etc.. The embellishments and papers can be used for making paper beads, scrapbooking, various types of paper crafts and school projects. Suitable for all age groups. For purchase of $30 and above you will receive a small gift from us. One gift per customer. While stocks last.

As there is only 1 piece of each item, we will not be able to put up photos of all items for your reference. The photo below is a small sampling of what we have on hand. Please contact us at uniqcreations4u {at} gmail dot com to arrange a viewing session and let us know what you are looking for.


Singapore Mini Maker Faire

Join us in this once a year do-it-yourself event over the weekend: 26 Jul 11am-9pm and 27 Jul 10am-6pm. You will find a wide range of classes and presentations to participate. I will be exhibiting some of my works, conduct tatting classes and giving a short presentation on Tatting. You can check out more details and register for my class at SMMF website. I am also currently being featured on their website.

Summer Fun With Friend


This is a 2 fold card with a little surprise element. Image is on the outside and sentiments on the 2nd fold. Rain and storm on the 2nd fold, sunshine and fun on the cover. That's what we call 雨過天晴. Initially I wanted to put the sentiment on the cover but it's too small and I don't want to layer too much so it ended up on the 2nd fold.

1. Stampavie and More challenge theme is Animals. http://stampwithsarahkay.blogspot.sg/2014/07/challenge-216-animals-tiere.html
2. Cupcake Inspirations challenge theme is a photo inspiration. I use different shades of pink, blue and green and at the same time instead of 3 lollipops standing vertically, the frog is holding 3 stalks of flowers in the mouth. http://cupcakeinspirations.blogspot.sg/2014/07/challenge-270.html
3. A Gem of A Challenge theme is Spots and Stripes.
http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.sg/2014/07/challenge-124-spots-and-stripes-plz-use.html
4. Sweet Stampin' challenge theme is Favourite Stamp. http://sweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.sg/2014/07/choose-your-favourite-stamp.html
5. Crafty Catz challenge theme is Hot Summer/Hot Colours. http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.sg/2014/07/challenge-240-hot-summer-and-or-hot.html
6. Inky Impression challenge theme is Summer Brights. http://inkyimpressionschallenges.blogspot.sg/2014/07/iic-168-summer-brights.html
7. Cute Card Thursday challenge theme is Fun In The Sun. http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.sg/2014/07/challenge-330-fun-in-sun.html

Weekend Shopping at VivoCity

Join us this weekend at VivoCity for some indie vibes. OOAK handmade jewellery, bags and tatting classes are all available in one place. Register for the classes today.


Get Creative With Tatting Part 4

 The orignal pattern was a hatband but Kah Choo made it into a bracelet. Instead of using ribbon, she use thick silk cord to weave through the rings.

 Play around with colours to create dramatic effect.
Add some elements of interest to spice up the design.

Bright Sunny Love



1. Inky Impressions challenge theme is Summer Fun. http://inkyimpressionschallenges.blogspot.sg/2014/07/iic-167-summer-fun.html
2. Stampin' Royalty challenge theme is Anything Goes. http://stampinroyalty.blogspot.sg/2014/07/stampin-royalty-challenge-236.html
3. Aud Sentiment challenge theme is Anything Goes. http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.sg/2014/07/challenge-110-2nd-week-inspiration.html
4. Cute Card Thursday challenge theme is Pretty Papers. http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.sg/2014/07/challenge-329-pretty-papers.html
5. Chrisma Cardz challenge theme is Anything Goes. http://charismacardz.blogspot.sg/2014/07/15-anything-goes.html
6. Fussy and Fancy challenge theme is It's All About Girls. http://fussyandfancychallenge.blogspot.sg/
7. Crafty Catz challenge theme is Flowers. http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.sg/
8. Fab n Funky challenge theme is Feels Like Summer.
http://fabnfunkychallenges.blogspot.sg/2014/07/challenge-223-feels-like-summer.html

Birds of Paradise

2 guys frequent the rain forest of New Guinea and discovered 39 species of beautiful, rare birds. They record, study and analyse these birds and their behaviour. You too will be fascinated by these birds, not found anywhere else on earth.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/REP4S0uqEOc

Beary Summer Bloom



1. Little Red Wagon challenge theme is Summer. http://lilredwagon.blogspot.sg/2014/07/challenge-244-summer.html
2. The Corrosive Challenge theme is Forever Young. http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.sg/2014/07/challenge-203-forever-young.html
3. Stamping Sensations challenge theme is Summer Blooms. http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.sg/2014/07/july-challenge-summer-blooms.html
4.A Gem of A Challenge theme is Animals. http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.sg/2014/07/challenge-123-animals-anybirdsteddy.html
5. Aud Sentiments challenge theme is Anything Goes. http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.sg/2014/07/challenge-110-anyt-hing-goes-dt-call.html

Get Creative With Tatting Part 2


 The tatting on this piece is the same as the one above. You can either stitch it onto a sewn piece of fabric or glue it on.
 Using 3 different varigate thread gives you an interesting mix.
 You can vary the length of the picot to give it a different look.
Does this remind you of mocha latte?

How It All Started


“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare;

It is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

—Seneca

I didn't graduate from fashion design or art school. In fact, I started working right after GCE 'A' level in a clerical position. During the initial years of working life I was very caught up with work and paper chase. It was only in 1995 that I chanced on a small rubber stamp shop in a shopping mall. I took up a few of their classes to learn the basics. As rubber stamping wasn't very popular at that time and scrapbooking wasn't even heard of in Singapore, I had to rely on mail orders for some of the supplies I needed.

In 1998 with the encouragement of my family, I decided to try selling my handmade Christmas greeting cards to my office colleagues. Initially I was a bit hesitant about asking my colleagues but the response I received was encouraging. I even had custom orders. Weekends were the only time I could work on these orders and I had family help.


I discovered tatting in 1999 at a craft store in Singapore. I started teaching the following year. The initial class response was overwhelming. I had 3 tables full of students. That's when I realise it is difficult to control class size if you leave registration to the craft shop. Most students gave up after the first lesson. I stopped teaching the following year but continue to attend tatting classes. My mother encourage me to tat some jewellery for her to sell at markets.


Started making jewellery in 2006/7 when I often hear mum complaining about lousy or even no sales at markets. A lot of times I gave her suggestions of what to make, colour combinations and materials to use but she always thought otherwise. So to proof my ideas, I bought some jewellery making supplies and tools without her knowledge and started making during my free time. I managed to persuade her to sell my work at the markets. The pieces she thought that nobody will buy were snapped up.


In 2008, I came across Etsy and started selling online. Business was extremely slow online so I started a blog. However, using social media to boost business requires more than just putting up a few posts. I was clueless as to how to write posts that will put me at the top of search list.

In 2009, I not only got my first consignment account but also started teaching tatting again, this time at community centres. Response was very slow due to insufficient advertising. Most community centres are not willing to arrange class for me as they thought that nobody will sign up for 'this kind' of class. I also started a tatting blog for my students and had to source for supplies overseas as local wholesaler is not keen to bring in tatting supplies because retailers in Singapore and Malaysia find tatting unprofitable. Retailers in Malaysia even claim that only old grandmothers do tatting (hey! I am not that old and at least 50% of my students are below age 50, including a some teenagers).

In 2010, I was terminated from a contract job because I had to go for fibroid surgery. After recovery, I started job searching. While waiting to land on a job I took up jewellery making classes to enhance my skills and also did my first bazaar. This was also the year my left hand suffered injury due to RSI and had to scale back my production work. Fortunately, my students were understanding and I was still able to continue teaching. The following year was my right hand. I only did 2 bazaars and had to stop.

A number of my students asked me for simple tatting patterns as resources are scarce in Singapore and many online tatting sites and groups were not available anymore. I recommended tatting books to the library and at the same time started designing. It was my first attempt with totally no guidance at designing and publishing or any help at proof tatting and with the injury progress was slow.  In Feb 2011 I self-published my first tatting book, Tatted Lace Patterns.

In 2012, after 2.5 years of futile job search and rough ride in my last few jobs, I decided to quit office job altogether and take on freelancing full time. By then my hands were much better even though it will never fully recover. I began reading up on related topics. With the encouragement of a friend, I made a few changes to position myself as an artisan doing Fine Craft rather than a hobby crafter. At the same time, I expanded my product line to include customised wedding stationery, party and baby invitations, rubber stamps and wax seal stamps. I also started consigning to more shops in an effort to make my brand name known. The shops demanded at least 50% commission which means I might not even be able to cover cost for some of the cards sold.


In 2013, after a break of 2 years, I started attending markets and bazaars again. Things were slow but this means I had time to make plans and adjustments. It also gives me a chance to assess which markets are worth attending and which are an absolute waste of money. This was also the year I was forced to scale back on the number of consignment shops and started teaching tatting outside of community centres.

As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life. To keep things moving ahead, I am continuously exploring new ideas, materials, techniques, opportunities and processes. Improvement is an ongoing process. With the working experience and knowledge I have gained in the past 1.5 year, I feel more confident to take on freelancing full time. The poor global economic condition, dwindling demand for greeting cards and a saturated handmade jewellery industry hasn't made things any easier but at least I am better at handling the job than I was 4.5 years ago. The challenges are well worth the effort. I look forward to taking things onto the next level. If any of you are interested to become full time freelancer, my advice is to not give up easily. The initial few years are the toughest. Subsequent years will involve upgrading and maintenance.

Get Creative With Tatting Part 1

Starting this week, I will be showcasing some of mine and my students' work to demonstrate how you can make changes to a design to create different varietions. Variety is the spice of life.







Thumbalina?

 

1. A Gem of A Challenge theme is For A Child or Baby. http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.sg/2014/06/challenge-122-for-childcreate-card.html
2. The Corrosive Challenge theme is Colour Me Happy. http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.sg/2014/06/challenge-202-color-me-happy.html
3. OSAAT challenge theme is Anything Goes. http://onestitchatatimechallenge.blogspot.sg/2014/06/challenge-218.html
4. Cupcake Inspiration challenge theme is a photo inspiration. http://cupcakeinspirations.blogspot.sg/2014/06/challenge-266.html
5. Stampin' For The Weekend challenge theme is Anything Goes. http://stampinfortheweekend.blogspot.sg/2014/06/anything-goes-and-sad-goodbye.html
6. Aud Sentiment challenge theme is 2 Word Sentiment. http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.sg/2014/06/challenge-109-two-word-sentiment.html

Something For The Boys



1. Cute Card Thursday challenge theme is So Macho. http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.sg/2014/06/challenge-325-so-macho.html
2. Sentimental Sunday challenge theme is Animals. http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.sg/2014/06/challenge-211-animals.html
3. Cupcake Inspirations challenge theme is a photo inspiration. http://cupcakeinspirations.blogspot.sg/2014/06/challenge-265.html
4. Creatalicious challenge theme is Happy Birthday. http://creataliciouschallenges.blogspot.sg/2014/06/challenge-64-happy-birthday.html
5. Penny's Paper Crafty challenge theme is Anything Goes. http://pennyschallenges.blogspot.sg/2014/06/welcome-to-pennys-challenge-181.html
6. MAWTT challenge theme is CAS. http://movingalongwiththetimes.blogspot.sg/2014/06/keep-it-clean-and-simple.html
7. Chrisma Cardz challenge theme is Sparkle and Shine. http://charismacardz.blogspot.sg/2014/06/13-sparkle-and-shine-glitter.html