Welcome to the fourteenth artist interview on miscellany!
(1) Tell us about yourself: I live in a rural area outside of Lakeville, Indiana, with my husband and our cat and 2 dogs. A typical day for me consists of getting up early to work at my office job for 8 hours, then coming home to spend time with my little family and work on some crochet while binging on Netflix. Right now I’m about to finish Mad Men!
(2) Tell us about what you create: I crochet anything and everything. My mom and sister both tried to teach me when I was younger, but I couldn’t get the hang of it. Then several years ago, I decided to give it another try, this time using the internet to learn. I really caught on and started giving my items as gifts.
I get inspired when I see a pretty yarn. I don’t normally think of what I’ll make until I have the yarn in my hands and I can see its potential.
My crochet stands out from others because I like to add a modern twist. I love looking at vintage crochet items, but mine is not the style of our foremothers. Whether it be color combinations, construction, or the very item itself, I like to bring crochet into the 21st century so young adults can enjoy it and pass it on.
(3) Tell us about your handmade art business: My shop got its name from my and my sister’s initials. Tara and Kayla – T&K Crochet. I think it has a nice ring to it.
People seemed to really like the crochet Christmas gifts I was giving them, so I began selling to others. My sister is a crocheter as well (a brilliant one) and she sells with me. My “studio” is my living room, kicked back with my feet in the air and a good, epic series playing. I have to watch shows that are heavy on dialogue because I’m looking down at my work most of the time.
(4) Tell us about your customers: I like to think my crochet can appeal to all people, but right now a lot of my fans are young mothers who like buying something adorable for their baby or something luxurious to spoil themselves.
While creating, I try to have something for everybody. Men, women, children, even pets. There definitely is something for everyone in my shop.
(5) Tell us where we can find your art:
Right now I sell mainly in the Etsy shop, but I also take orders on Facebook and in person.
I have a blog where I give some insight to my process and also to my love of food. I call it “Hook & Fork.”
(6) Tell us about your support: T&K Crochet is a two-woman team. My sister prefers to do a lot of freehand work that she thinks up on the fly. I like things to be perfect and uniform. Together, we complement each other very well and cover our bases pretty thoroughly.
(7) Tell us about your favorites: I don’t currently have a lot of time to follow blogs or websites, but when something catches my eye on Etsy I add it to my favorites list. If you take a look at that, you’ll see I have a love for all things weird and sometimes creepy. Right now I’m kind of obsessed with a shop called TheFirePitGallery and it’s a goal of mine to someday have one of those incredible fire pits.
It’s so hard to choose a favorite from my own shop, because I love all the things I make. But if you’re going to twist my arm, right at this moment I’d choose the blue and green convertible infinity scarf I designed myself last winter. The colors are luscious and you can wear it as an infinity scarf or a regular scarf.
(8) Tell us anything else: I would like for people to know that when they are purchasing a hand crocheted item, they are getting something unique that will last for a very long time, and that can’t be reproduced from a machine. Time, effort, and talent went into each and every stitch. The money you spend is spent on quality and that makes every cent worth it.
As for other sellers, I would like to emphasize a point I find myself repeating a lot – do not undersell yourself. Your time is worth something, and the right person will come along who is willing to compensate you for everything involved in what you make. Until then, keep creating!