FAST Member Interview- Elaine and Elana of FELT 4U

August 7th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What are your names?
There are two of us Elaine Sackson and Elana Shap. I like working with a partner and Elana started off as my pupil and encouraged me to join Etsy to sell our Nuno felted wraps.

What is your Etsy shop?
FELT 4U.

Does your shop name have a meaning?
The name in many ways describes what we make and how we feel about our craft.. We love the process of nuno felting and love the idea that our wraps envelope you and make you feel elegant, or chic or cool. So you can say that FELT 4 U is also a play on the word to feel.

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else?
Yes, by word of mouth. By wearing our own creations, there is always interest shown and sales are made. Occasional craft markets.
Our etsy shop http://felt4u.etsy.com
Blog: http://felt4uart.blogspot.com

How long have you been making art/crafting?
Ever since I can remember which is that I must have been about 4 yrs old.

What was the first thing you remember making?
Clothes for my doll. I think that I cut up some of my own clothes….or so I have been told..,.

What kind of fiber arts do you do?
Machine embroidery, Nuno Felting, needle felting, felted sculpture, Shibori dyeing, kintting,

What’s your favorite thing to make?
Nuno felt, collages with different materials

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FAST Member Interview- Kelsey of CaffeinatedFrenzy

July 16th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
Kelsey.

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
My shop’s name is CaffeinatedFrenzy. It’s a pretty accurate description of myself and I hope it adds to the fun, funky quality I want my shop to have.

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
I began selling my work at a local boutique. Right now I’m looking into other boutiques to consign/wholesale with.

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
I began teaching myself how to knit when I was ten. It was an on and off again process, and by the time I was in high school, I considered myself knowledgeable about the craft. My first project, still undone and sitting at the bottom of my tote bag, was an extra thick scarf. It has dropped stitches from when I first began learning, gauge changes when I gave up and picked it up again months later, and hideous stripes of every color imaginable because they no longer make the yarn I began the scarf in. I absolutely treasure it and it’s the one thing I’ll never frog.

What kind of fiber arts do you do? If different from the previous question, what was the first fiber art thing you made?
Just knitting. I can’t crochet to save my life. I would love to learn spinning someday.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
You know, it changes all the time. I think my favorite thing to create is a new design.

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FAST Member Interview- Roxanne of Homespun Treasures

June 24th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
Roxanne Lewis

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
Homespun Treasures

Why “Homespun Treasures?” Homespun is a utilitarian kind of spinning. Those things knit with homespun lasted. We may not be spit and polish, but we intend to last. So we thought that with the spinning connection and the homey feel of HomeSpun Alpacas, our name was born.

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
My blog about alpaca farming is at http://www.homespunalpacas.com/Blog.htm

I also added my etsy page to my website. If you want to see my alpacas they have pictures here too. http://www.homespunalpacas.com

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
I have been spinning for about 9 years. I have been knitting for about 20, but only in the last 10 years or so did I discover Elizabeth Zimmerman. She changed the way I look at knitting projects and how I go about teaching others to knit.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
I love to spin, especially the colorful fibers. The yarn that it becomes is like a present!

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FAST Member Interview- Cindy of Jacob’s Reward

June 12th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
Cindy Telisak

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
JacobsReward. The name comes from the story of Jacob in the Bible, who worked faithfully, for a long time, under harsh conditions to earn his bride, his wealth, and his ultimate purpose in the world. (Genesis 30). I feel like at 52 years of age, I’ve finally found what I’m supposed to be and do when I grow up. I see how all the experiences I’ve been through in these years have led me to this point and how it’s all coming together. I am truly amazed and grateful—blown away, really.

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else?
I do a few craft shows around town, and also have vendor space at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, and a couple of local fiber retreats. Just this year, my focus has turned from selling finished items, to offering my farm as a Fiber CSA. I’ve been mentored by the best in the business: Susie Gibbs of the Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm. Since working with Susie, I’ve launched a daily blog, lots of social media networking, and word of mouth advertising to get the word out about the CSA. I have nearly filled my limit of shareholders for the year and will soon begin selling shares for next year’s fiber harvest. In a nutshell, a “share” entitles the holder to a distribution of my fiber clip once it is returned from the processor as roving. My fiber includes several colors of alpaca fiber and also sheep wool from my Jacob sheep and Gulf Coast Native sheep – both rare breeds. I also sponsor lots of hands-on activities at the farm to keep the local shareholders really involved in the day-to-day workings of the farm, and in meaningful community with each other. We are all having a blast – to the point that several of my shareholders actually consider the fiber harvest “icing on the cake.” I also teach spinning and knitting. The farm has a Ravelry group: “Jacob’s Reward Fiber Farm CSA.”

Do you have a website or blog?
Yes: jacobsreward.com and jacobsreward.blogspot.com, and I’m on Ravelry as (no surprise) JacobsReward.

How long have you been making art/crafting?
Most of my life

What was the first thing you remember making?
I remember coloring a really big cut-out of Santa with crayons in kindergarten. I was terribly upset when I learned in junior high that my mom had thrown it out.

What kind of fiber arts do you do?
I knit, crochet, spin, weave, felt, paint, sew a little, used to do ceramics.

What was the first fiber art thing you made?
I crocheted a baby blanket for my nephew as a way to learn the stitches. My grandmother tried to teach me to knit as a kid, but the yarn was nasty and unappealing. Finally, eight or nine years ago, I got my mother-in-law to teach me crocheting and knitting because the yarns and patterns coming out were so yummy! I traded in my cross stitch habit for crafts with yarn, because it felt like I had more to show for myself and the hours that went into projects.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
I love small, easy-to-finish things because I spend so much time working with the farm and the animals. I like mittens, scarves, fingerless mitts, shawls, and I hope to make myself a vest or sweater soon.

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FAST Member Interview- Meri of Elbit Enterprises

June 3rd, 2009 by merigreenleaf

Yes, yes, I know it’s weird to interview myself, but I figured I’d make this an unofficial “get to know your leaders” week since I posted Jenn’s interview a few days ago.

If you’re a member of FAST and would like to be featured in the weekly interview, visit this thread in the yahoo group to get the questions, then send your answers (and a picture or two if you’d like) to me at merigreenleaf[at]yahoo.com (or a convo to merigreenleaf). These will be posted in the order I receive them.

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What is your name?
My real name is Susan, but I prefer to go by my nickname of Meri online (and occasionally offline, as well).

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
http://merigreenleaf.etsy.com My Etsy shop name is Elbit Enterprises, although the rest of my shops and my website are Elfling Creations. I originally picked “Elbit Enterprises” because the character/personality that I’ve associated myself with for a long time is an Elbit (a name I made up for a half elf/half hobbit). However, I’m not using that name elsewhere (and I may eventually switch over my Etsy shop name, too), because there’s apparently a company online called “Elbit” (I’m not sure what it is, though; it’s just strange because I made up the word, or at least that meaning, and didn’t realize it was already in use). Also, “Elfling” is just a little more cute and easy to remember, and it means the same thing as “elf/halfling” or “small elf”. Fortunately, I’m signed up everywhere as MeriGreenleaf, so as long as people search for me that way, they can find me. :)

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
My website is http://www.elflingcreations.com and my blog is http://merigreenleaf.blogspot.com
I also have items in a few online shops (iCraft, Ecrater, Mintd, and BigCartel, etc), but my other main one is http://merigreenleaf.artfire.com

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
I’ve always been making things- in elementary school I’d even stay inside during recess sometimes to work in the art room, and by high school I was there after school almost every day. I honestly can’t remember the first thing I made, but I remember drawing all the time as a kid, making jewelry with big plastic beads, playing in PlayDoh, and doing all sorts of art kits. I’ve always been creative. :)

What kind of fiber arts do you do? If different from the previous question, what was the first fiber art thing you made?
My main one is crochet, but I also sew (by hand), spin my own yarn with spindles (I’ll sometimes dye it, too), and I cross stitch (although that one I’ve only done on an afghan stitched crochet base). I think the first fiber art thing I made was a sewn pillow for my mom when I was in high school (she still has it), and the first thing I ever crocheted was my Hufflepuff scarf four or so years ago (the whole reason I wanted to learn how to crochet was to make that Harry Potter-related scarf, and I haven’t put down my hook since!).

What’s your favorite thing to make?
Oh geez, I don’t even know if I can pick a favorite- I enjoy making everything I make! I think I may like making crocheted plushies/dolls a bit more than anything else, though. It’s just so cool how much detail that can go into those, between crochet, fabric, paint, polymer clay, and everything else.

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FAST Member Interview- Jenn of Rosebud Designs

May 30th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
Jenn de la Fuente

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
It’s Rosebud Designs (rosebud.etsy.com). Rosebud was an old nickname bestowed upon me when I was in middle school. I came to school one day with a really bad body curl and my hair was all poufy. A friend looked at me and said, “You look like a flower …. a rose … let’s call you Rosebud.” And the rest is history.

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
I have my own online store, which can be found at http://www.agirlnamedrosebud.com. I also blog about indie goodies at indie*galore (http://www.indiegalore.com). I’m also a freelance graphic/web designer, and my portfolio is at http://www.jrosebud.com/designs.

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
I’ve been making things since I was a kid. I did lots of doodling and made a bunch of cards and lots of cross-stitch kits. The first thing I probably made was some sort of playdoh sculpture.

I started crocheting when I was in high school because a friend of mine was making a bag and I asked her to teach me. I eventually made a green makeup bag (which I still have, though I don’t use it anymore).

What kind of fiber arts do you do? If different from the previous
question, what was the first fiber art thing you made?

I crochet and knit, spin occasionally too. I do have a weaving loom stashed in my closet, so I’ll probably take that up next.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
I am a mad hatter. Seriously.

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FAST Member Interview- Melissa of Rainy Day Art

May 19th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
Melissa

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
http://rainydayart.etsy.com I spent a lot of time thinking of possible names for my shop. I wanted something that was broad enough for all the things I do, but still sounded like me. I was living in Seattle when I started my shop, but I don’t know how much that influenced the name.

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
I have an ArtFire shop: http://rainydayart.artfire.com
I also have a blog: http://rainydayart.blogspot.com

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
I’ve been creating since I was little. My sister and I would make monster costumes out of paper grocery bags.
Knitting was the first fiber art that I started and its what got me into the others. I think the first thing I knitted was a scarf, and I remember selling them at this fair we had in 7th grade.

What kind of fiber arts do you do?
I knit, spin, felt, dye, crochet, and sometimes sew.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
I can’t pick just one! I love variety. One moment it could be felting soaps and the next it could be lace knitting, or spinning bulky yarn.

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FAST Member Interview- Steph of Lunabud Knits

May 12th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
Stephanie Stratton, but I like Steph cause it’s short and sweet:)

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
My little piece of Etsy is: http://Lunabudknits.etsy.com When I signed up for he internet over 15 years ago, I just couldn’t think of a name to use that would suit me as well as a combination of my two furry pals Buddy an Australian Shepherd mix and Luna a Timber Wolf mix. They are no longer with me, but I like to think that a little piece of both my pals will be with me forever through my screen name.

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
Occasionally, I will list on Ebay, but only when they have those 10 & 15 cent specials. Outside of that I just do Etsy for all my fibery goodness sales:) I do have a blog: http://lunabud.blogspot.com and a website for my photos: http://www.weedofdreams.com

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
HA! Funny you should ask this question. I was thinking just the other day about when I was 3 or 4 in San Francisco visiting with my Great-Great Grandmother and Greatest Grampa….. Mom and I had stopped by a spinster relatives very proper and luxurious home. Well, they left me to entertain myself for quite sometime and for some reason the beautiful and overly expensive persian carpets caught my eye as they flowed down the hall and trickled down the stairs. The ornate and brightly colored flowers were ever so beautiful but so very flat. So me being 3 or 4 with no TV or toys to play with. I took my fingers and began to brush up very carefully the fibers of the flower petals. It gave them a great deal more life than before and I thought they looked so pretty that way. An hour later, I was half way down the hall and to my surprise no one thought my improvements on the rug were as pretty as I did……lol

What kind of fiber arts do you do? If different from the previous question, what was the first fiber art thing you made?
I’m a fiber junkie Queen! Gosh, I could roll in fiber all day long. I’m definitely not a fiber snob. I love the feel of wool from merino to the coarse stuff. I think each and every fiber has a place and a use in my little furry world. I adore camel, silk, firestar, cashmere, bamboo, glitz, wool, angora, alpaca, mohair and pretty much anything I can get my grubby little fingers on.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
Why hand painted fibers of course. There is nothing better than the almost instant gratification after you have slapped on your color combos and watched them develop into a thing of beauty. Not to mention knowing that if I don’t turn them into something fabulous then my customers will!

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FAST Member Interview- Dottie of ccdzs

May 6th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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What is your name?
Dottie Zeigler Scher

What is your Etsy shop?
Crochet Creations by Dottie Z. Scher

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else?
I used to sell at the Wilcox Emporium Warehouse in Boone, NC. It’s now closed and developers are turning the old warehouse into condos. I also used to sell at The Emporium on Main in Belmont, NC but that’s now a restaurant so…… I sell at fairs and online. My blog is http://ccdzs.blogspot.com.

How long have you been making art/crafting?
My mother taught me to needlepoint, embroider, knit, weave, and sew when I was a little girl. One Saturday afternoon when I was 15 I picked up a book of crochet motifs and literally taught my self how to crochet. I was Hooked, so to speak, from then on. Ever since then, I love to pick up yarns see what they look like in a crochet stitch.

What was the first thing you remember making?
The very first thing I made was filling in the back ground on a needlepoint canvas. I had it framed years later and it now hangs upstairs in the hallway of my home.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
Scarves – they are the most versatile – you can do anything to change them up, make them up as you go and they’re fast. But, getting into a really intricate pattern for a doilie or a blanket, really gets me going, just to see if I can do it. It stretches my ability and I love that. Some if they’re too tough, I’ll put it down instead of getting frustrated and come back to it later. It may be years later – I’ve found old projects around my house that I packed up 20 years ago, pulled it out and finished it. It’s like the yarn just speaks and says, “now it’s time.”

About 20 years ago, I made a blind for my front door, I pulled it out a few months ago, pulled out some rows from the outside edge and recontructed it to fit a window in the house we live in now. I’d love to repeat the blind, but I can’t remember how I made the first one. I’ll try to send pics.

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FAST Member Interview- Amy of oblinaknit

May 2nd, 2009 by merigreenleaf

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(She’s the one in the pink and green dress.)

What is your name?
My name is Amy and my business name is oblinaknit

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
oblinaknit- not really – I like to knit (among other things) and I used to watch a cartoon and a character was named ‘oblina’ which is a name I like and have always thought was quirky and fun – so I combined the two since I like to have an eclectic mix of goodies in my shop.

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else?
on dawanda, as well as in a few shops (wholesale and consignment)

Do you have a website or blog?
yes, but I am not as good as I would like to be with updates – http://oblinaknit.blogspot.com/

How long have you been making art/crafting?
ever since I was a child

What was the first thing you remember making?
well my friend and I used to make tops for our barbie dolls from her mother’s sewing scraps – and I always liked to make stuff with friends when we weer at each others houses

What kind of fiber arts do you do?
I knit accessories – hats and scarves, sometimes a shrug or two; and sometimes do custom dog sweaters (my cat Ken likes to model them for me – see pic in shop) I also knit with wire and make bracelets and chokers – its great to use unexpected materials and really catches people’s attention when they see it; I also make other jewelry

What’s your favorite thing to make?
I like to sew as well and enjoy putting together fabrics to make

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