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I have come across the most fantastic crochet pants I have ever seen. I wanted to know more, and I found out I can get the pattern at The Curly Vine shop on Etsy. And not just that, I fell in love with tops, dresses, bikinis, and many other designs. I found 55 different patterns, from hats, slippers, toys to baby hats and booties. Of course, I wanted to get to know the designer behind those patterns.The owner of The Curly Vine Shop is Andrea Campbell. She is a stay at home mom of two, from Ottawa East, Ontario, Canada. She grew up crocheting and wanting to become a fashion designer one day ~ she combined her passions and started creating custom crochet pieces. She says she loves making hats, bikinis, and baby booties the most, but once in a while, you will find something different in her shop.
If you want to buy her finished pieces, you can visit Andrea’s new Etsy shop ThreadNTail here.
You can follow her on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/thecurlyvinedesign/ You can find a free pattern for a bikini and coupon codes for discounts there.
The Curly Vine Patterns are 50% off right now on Etsy. And the sale will last at least until the end of August. Make sure you take advantage of this incredible offer.Bellow you can read Andreas interview, and get to know her interesting story:
1. How did it all begin? Tell us your story.
My name is Andrea, I am a Canadian with Spanish and Italian background. I grew up in Beautiful Delta British Columbia and now reside in Ottawa, Ontario with my husband and our two children. Growing up, my parents would bring my brother and sister and me to visit the rest of our family in Uruguay, South America. There is where I learned to crochet with my aunts when I was just a little girl, so the art has been close to my heart ever since.
I started crocheting a lot more when I got married and had my kids. I would make them character hats from their favourite TV shows. I made my son a Spiderman hat, and my daughter a Hello Kitty hat. I would post pictures of my kids wearing them on Facebook, then from there I started receiving orders, so that’s what prompted me to open my first Etsy shop back in 2012. I had great success making and selling my character hats, then one day a customer asked for the pattern for one of my designs. I didn’t have any patterns, I kept all my creations stored in my head, and jotted notes on scraps of paper. I never read a pattern and didn’t even know what the stitches were called.
When I received the request for my pattern it gave me the opportunity to learn something new and pass on my designs so others could make them as well, so I welcomed the idea. I purchased a pattern online to learn how to write them and posted my first pattern for sale.
I was so thrilled and excited when the first person to use one of my patterns sent me a picture of the hat she had made. It was exactly like my original design! I still get the same feeling today when my customers share their projects with me, so I’ve created a highlighted story on my Instagram called “Made by you” where I display their projects.
Since my kids have grown, my attention has veered from the character hats to something that brings me a lot of passion, fashion design…. particularly swimwear design. So I now mostly design swimsuits and beachwear.
2. What inspires you?
I find inspiration everywhere, so often I will have a few designs in mind, and a few on the go, so that makes me fall behind on my pattern writing. I now have a highlighted story on my Instagram called “Coming Soon” where I keep track of the designs I still need to publish. I hope to catch up one day!
I follow a lot of designers and artists of different art styles, I follow models, celebrities, and my many interests such as butterflies, tattoo design, boho fashion, fitness and sustainable living. I get a lot of my inspiration from there, yet sometimes I just need to shut it all off and search inside myself and see what I find… I think that is where my favorite ideas come from!
3. How does your every day look like?
A typical day for me starts on my laptop or my phone where I will check my messages and my social media. Then I will get ready for the day and get to work on my current project.
Most of the time I try to stick to one at a time, sometimes it’s hard, especially if it is a long term project I am working on. I’ll take a “break” and make a quick pattern for something else and then go back and finish.
4. What is your favorite yarn?
My favourite yarn to work with is Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread. I love the sheen it has and I love that it is machine washable. It’s perfect for my swimwear pieces. I use both the #3 and #10 mercerized cottons they offer, and luckily I can pick it up at my local Michaels Store. Can’t live without it, or my 2mm hook!
5. Do you have any advice for other sellers?
I love what I do, and I’m so happy I was able to make a full time job out of it. I was a hairdresser for 20 years and stay-at-home working mom for most of those years, so my transition from hairstylist to “Designer” has been a long road – trying to balance working at home and family life is not always easy, but I wouldn’t change anything. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the support from my family and the determination to make it happen.
My advice to anyone wanting to be a full time crochet designer would be to find your passion and keep creating and putting it out there. If you have the dream you can make it happen! … do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.
Happy Crocheting!This interview is so inspirational. Don’t you think so? After 20 years of being a hairstylist and wanting to become a fashion designer one day, Andrea’s dream came true. And all because of her persistence, love for the work, and support from her family.
I am so grateful for all the designers who share their stories and advice with me. I hope that I will get a comment one day, that will say, because of your interviews, I dared to pursue my dream, and now I made it.
If you want more inspiration, you can find it here: Interviews.
And, remember to visit The Curly Vine shop, where you will find unique patterns 50% off right now. The sale will last at least until the end of August, so make sure you take advantage of this fabulous offer.
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Thank you for reading. I would like to know which of The Curly Vine pattern do you like best? Please share with me in the comments below.
Have a beautiful day, and enjoy crocheting.