Friday Features are all about meeting the talented artists and creators of hand crafted goods to share their stories and bring to light the value and beauty found in handmade.
Today’s feature is all about Penelope from UniqueP Crochet on Etsy!
Tell me about yourself and your shop. I love being silly for my little boys. I also love to hunt fro the perfect gift for my beloveds and make unusual gift wraps for it.
How did you start, and why did you choose your craft? How much experience do you have so far? I couldn’t imagine how creative crochet is (my aunt tried to teach me when I was a little girl, but was not successful). 3 years ago, a friend let me know about internet tutorials and the interesting designs on the net. Once I tried I was hooked and now I can’t stop.
What influences your work from your life or city? (or anything else that influences you) I’m most inspired by my family, and especially my boys. That’s why I have so many boy’s projects in my shop. As you can see, my shop is a little of this and a little of that because I get bored easily and I like to create something new every time. Most of my patterns are something I needed personally (a toy for my boys, a gift for a friend’s baby etc).
What do you do when you need a little bit if inspiration? Actually I do nothing because I can’t stop ideas popping out of my head. Sometimes I go crazy because I have so many ideas but only two hands to accomplish them.
What is your best achievement?
My best achievement…is everything I have made that has brought a smile to the face of the receiver of the gift.
What does handmade mean to you? Creativity and diffusion of tension. When I have to think or clear my mind I need to do something with my hands.
Do you also offer custom made items? Is it something you like to do? I love doing custom made items because it is a challenge for me. For now though I’m more concentrated on creating my patterns because I want to give others the chance to make precious, funny, or silly projects.
What plans do you have for the future of you business?
I hope people find my projects interesting and give me a boost to continue coming up with unique patterns.
Any advice for others looking to sell their handmade items? My only advice is if you believe in your crafts go for it and sooner or later people are going to appreciate your work. Be patient!
Many thanks to Penelope and be sure to check out the rest of her shop!
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