I know your struggle and feel your pain! I know they will be updating the New Player Experience soon, and I definitely hope they have a few more tutorials than the very basic-make a basic axe and basic knife, and craft a common ring for early God's Reach quests. They definitely need to flesh these out more. It is amazingly expensive (especially solo-like me currently) to craft or harvest high end.
One recommendation I got on crafting disciplines. Once you have your green disc and green belt, farm the gold to get the belt to blue first. This will cut the amount of materials you need down