Business name: Michelle’s Assortment
Etsy Shop and Knitting Designs
What kind of items do you make?
Shawl pins, Stitch markers, Row Counter bracelets, Orifice hooks, and knitting patterns.
How long have you been in indie artist?
for the past 2 years.
What got you interested in your art of choice?
Ever since my mom first put a needle and thread in my hand when I was 4 years old I have enjoyed the color and texture of many different fiber arts. After mastering most crochet techniques a few years ago I moved on to knitting. Knitting shawls made me notice the lovely shawl pins that are out there which led to making my own unique collection of shawl pins and other accessories.
What do you most enjoy about what you do?
Playing with color and texture, and sharing the delight and joy I get from creation with customers.
What most inspires you?
The stunning handmade items that customers wear and the unique way each person wears their pin is very inspirational.
What makes your creations unique?
Each wire wrap and spiral is done free hand so that even when bead and wire combinations are repeated each pin is still a unique work of art.
Do you have a favorite item or colorway?
It’s a close call between the Doctor Who themed Tardis pin and the Peruvian Raku Tree of life bead pin as favorite items. Of the patterns designed so far, the Coastal Breezes vest is my favorite because it was very easy to knit and can be worn in many different ways.
What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
A unique accessory that accentuates the stunning finished objects of my fellow knitters/crocheters/spinners/weavers/felters.
What is your fiber arts superpower?
Making the most of the materials at hand.
How is the fiber arts world different for you today than it was five years ago? It was a hobby and the dream of selling items at little country craft fairs. Today it’s beyond my wildest dreams to be attending large Fiber Arts conventions and getting to meet the superstars of the knitting community.