What will you find in my shop? The Etsian shopper will find a variety of quilted wall hangings and hand knit scarves, cowls and collars. My work is inspired by the colors and textures of Southeast Asia so I include materials in my quilting and knitting that reflect the images I’ve captured in my travels to that part of the world. There are also a number of handmade items that I am selling in my shop to support my favorite charity. The bags and head bands have been made by young women in Viet Nam who are learning to sew as part of life skills training provided by Friends For Street Children in Ho Chi Minh City. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of those items goes to FFSC to support their sewing program.
How did you come about opening your shop?I was finding that the pieces that I quilted or knit were done in colors that didn’t always have a recipient in my extended network of family and friends. I was playing with fibers and fabrics to get my color and texture “fix” but not finishing projects as they didn’t have a home. Opening the shop gave me the motivation to finish projects and explore new ideas. Selling my work has also allowed me to support other fiber artists in their endeavors as many of my knit items are from yarns I have found in my favorite Etsy shops.
What is your favorite item in your shop?My favorites are usually the pieces that I am currently working on and not listed yet in the shop. There are about nine scarves in various stages of progress on needles right now. When a new yarn arrives, I just have to play with it to see what it will turn into so lots of items should be posted in the next several weeks. Of the items actually for sale now, I love the bamboo scarf in golds and bronzes and the Squares within Squares quilt.
What is your favorite Etsy shop?That’s a hard question since I have found so many favorites as you would see when you check out my shop. Most of my favorites now are either fiber artists who are spinning or dyeing yarns but there are also several that I favorite for their color inspiration. Of all the ones on my list, I would have to narrow it down to allforloveofyarn, kittygrrlz, and yarntopiatreasures. They color my world for me.