MERSING: Her passion for crocheting, honed since her teenage years, has led a housewife to transforming her hobby into a thriving home-based business.
Rahimah Hassan, 58, said she had observed her mother’s skill for crocheting, which inspired her to delve deeper into the craft.
She produces various nylon thread-based craft creations such as bags, tissue boxes, bunga telur and table mats.
Over the past three years, the mother of six has seen a soaring demand for her creations.
What is even more impressive is that her clientele extends far and wide, even receiving orders from as far as Singapore through various online platforms.
“In the beginning, I was just experimenting, but now this is a way for me to earn extra income for my family.
“I started with crocheting a flower. Over time, I received more orders – for bags, tissue box covers and ‘bunga telur.’
“I also learnt crochet craft techniques by watching YouTube tutorials, particularly for modern crafts, to keep up with the latest designs,” she told Bernama at the recent Cuti-Cuti Mersing programme held here.
Rahimah said crocheting required skills and patience.
Among her most popular items are handbags with prices ranging from RM40 to RM150, depending on their size and design.
“The most challenging item I have made to date are dining table mats, and there was even an order that took up to three years to complete.
“The easiest items are small ornaments such as flowers and keychains, which only take 10 minutes,” she added.
She plans to crochet wall decorations as souvenirs with a Mersing and local island concept, featuring batik patterns, said the housewife who lives in Kampung Air Papan Tengah here.