You first learned how to crochet, how old were you and who did you pick it up from?
Julia: I picked up my first skein of yarn about 15 years ago. It was a lazy Sunday hanging out with my family and my aunt was crocheting a blanket. Up to that point I taught fiber working was just for "old ladies," but regardless I was memorized and pleaded with her to teach me. within the next couple hours I was hooked, literally and figuratively and haven't looked back. Since then there's been a ton of self teaching and lots of trails and errors.
When did you start knitting?
Julia: Two years ago a dear friend of mine taught a group of us how to knit and I loved that so much, the stitching and flow was different than crocheting and offered a new creative challenge.
Were you hesitant to start an Etsy shop?
Julia: Starting my Etsy shop was a big decision for me because up until then I mainly knitted or crocheted for pure enjoyment or artistic relief. I was afraid that taking orders would take away from the connection I had with making something. But I couldn't have been more wrong! There's been an overwhelming positive response to my creations and I honestly couldn't be more thankful. Interestingly enough, my Etsy shop has inspired me even more as I look forward to releasing new items and seeing what the public thinks.
How do you find inspiration for your shop?
Julia: I find my creative inspiration from fashion, art, and different fibers (bamboo, wool, cotton, etc...). I love the different colors and tones that particular yarn emit and it also aids in my creative daydreaming. It's very rare that I enter a yarn shop with a particular project in mind (mainly because I have SO many hopefully project brewing to last me a lifetime) but rather I let the yarn "sell" me and go from there organically.
Here is a peak into her wonderful store, I have an amazing red bow coming in the mail that I CANNOT wait to use with my accessories!
Thank you for sharing your lovely shop with us Julia!
I love the vibrant colors!
I am going to copy this idea!
and this one too! :)