Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #56, CraigLoves2Crochet
Our new CraftBritannia Shop of the Week is CraigLoves2Crochet, which specialises in cute crochet gifts for children. In our interview owner Tonya tells us more about life behind the scenes of her shop.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
I work full time as a Probation Service Officer, and I have 2 girls aged 9 & 10 years old. When I return home from a busy day at work, I love to see my girls and husband, & do all the things a mum needs to do. Around 7.30pm I settle down and relax… firstly I answer all the messages from my Facebook Community and my Youtube Channel. Then I pick up my crochet, either continuing with an ongoing project or designing a new project. On the weekends, apart from spending quality time with my family, I am either preparing to video an online tutorial, editing a tutorial or designing new projects.
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
I spend my time enjoying the fun times with my young family – cooking and baking with my girls!
What was the first piece you ever sold?
The first item I ever sold was a crochet lip balm keyring; I sold out last Christmas.
What advice would you give someone taking up your craft for the first time?
Be true to yourself, do what you enjoy and feel passionate about. Be prepared to put the time and effort in to supporting other fellow crafters, in return you will receive mutual support.
What material do you most enjoy working with?
I am totally addicted to yarn of any type! I adore experimenting with all sorts of yarns, textures and colours. I also love buttons, beads and ribbons.
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
I would love to learn lace making. My Nana used to make lace, as does my Aunty Vene who said she will teach me the next time I visit. She lives in Wales so quite a way from me.
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
My crochet hook and tape measure 🙂
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
I am very much inspired by vintage style and fashion, and nature. I take a lot of my texture, stitch combinations and colour combinations from vintage fashion, and my colour combinations and ideas from Nature.
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
I have a table cloth which was handmade by my Nana, with the most beautiful intricate lace trim. It must have taken her such a long time to make it and with such love!
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I plan to continue to stock my shop with as many new items as I can. I have slippers, neckerchief and hooded cape designs to be listed soon, and I am also going to include crochet patterns of my own designs this year.