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Here it is, another Etsy bestseller interview. I am so excited about it. You will get to know one of the biggest stars in the crocheting world.
If you want to read my previous interviews, you can find them here: Interviews
Today I want to introduce you to a male crochet designer. His name is Bas den Braver, and his brand is called Zabbez. If you don’t know the brand by name, I am sure you recognize the patterns.
Bas den Braver lives in the Netherlands, in the city of Rotterdam. To balance the urban city life, he painted the walls of his apartment green and surrounded himself with lots of house plants. It is this world where his flower dolls come to life.
Bas says he is inspired by nature, plants, and flowers. He loves designing and creating a flower fantasy world. He gets his inspiration even on a refreshing walk in the fields or in a city park. In fact, that is when he gets most of his ideas. Doing crochet and designing new patterns makes him happy.
I have to add that I am so thrilled about this because a lot of crocheters would agree that making dolls from his patterns makes us happy too.
There are not only beautiful flower patterns in his shop, but you can also find a butterfly with a baby, dragonfly, and even sea creatures. Go and check them out, it is really relaxing to just look at Zabbez creations, because each has its own story.
His crochet patterns on Etsy are all available in ten languages (English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Hungarian, Polish, Danish).
You can find his Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Zabbez
If you want to win these astonishing patterns for free, you can follow Zabbez on Facebook www.facebook.com/zabbez and Instagram www.instagram.com/zabbez pages, where you can have a chance to win his designs at giveaways.
1. How did it all begin? Tell us your story.
I started to crochet several years ago. I have always enjoyed handicraft and doing crochet was just something that came along. I spent several hours on youtube watching instructional videos on how to do the different crochet stitches and I started practicing. It wasn’t long before I made my first granny square and soon after that, I got interested in making amigurumi.
After I published my first flower doll: Sunflower Sam, the response was so amazing, I knew I wanted to make more and make the happiness grow. Since then a lot has happened. I have published lots of crochet patterns in 10 languages all over the world, I have published several crochet books and I was recently contacted by a kit manufacturer to make crochet kits. The adventure is amazing and it keeps growing. I am very grateful for the opportunities I get and I enjoy every minute of it.
2. What inspires you?
I get my inspiration from lots of places, but especially from nature. I have always loved nature and I love plants and flowers. As long as I can remember I have been growing plants indoor. Watering them, seeing them grow and seeing them blossom. I love swimming and scuba diving too. The fish you see underwater are amazing. It is a completely different world and so colorful. It makes me very happy.
3. How does your every day look like?
I am living a dream. I usually start my day online checking the nice messages I receive from fans everywhere. This is always a nice start of the day. Then I work on translations of existing patterns. Publishing patterns in 10 languages is hard work. I have several translators and lots of testers all over the world. My translators and testers support me a lot and I am very grateful for that. Together we get the patterns ready for everybody to enjoy. Then in the afternoon, I spend time on designing new patterns for my books, my crochet kits or just as separate patterns. And if I have time left, I crochet to relax.
4. What is your favorite yarn?
I love to work with a cotton yarn suitable for crochet hook 2.5mm. There are several brands that offer these kinds of yarns and the colors from all brands are different but equally amazing. Most of the time I use Schachenmayr Catania, but I can easily use any other brand like Durable, Scheepjes or Yarn&Colors; for example. I always say it is very personal and you have to use the yarn that you like.
5. Do you have any advice for other sellers?
Yes, it is the same advice as I have for everybody in life. Enjoy what you do! 🙂
6. Crocheting is considered to be a woman’s activity. I think it is fascinating that you are a man who is so successful in this field. I was wondering how does society feel about this? Do they support you, or do you get any remarks?
My friends and family have always known me as a creative person. At first crochet was just another one of my many hobby’s. With Zabbez it got more and more serious. My friends and family support me and they are very proud of me. I am very fortunate to have so many lovely people around me.
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I am so thankful that Bas den Braver took his time and answered my questions. I think he is such an amazing and inspiring person. You must be a powerful and independent person to not give in to stereotypes and just enjoy what you do. I think this is the foundation of success, and that is why his brand Zabbez is so successful.
I hope you enjoyed my interview. Which of Zabbez patterns do you like best? You can tell me in the comments below.
Have a beautiful day, and enjoy crocheting. I think your to-do list is a lot longer now (my certainly is).