A Feature Friday for all my fellow crocheters out there! If you need a crochet pattern for a hat or toy, this is definitely a shop to check out! Meet Rachel from Huggermugger!
1) How did you start creating?
I’ve been creating things for as long as I can remember — doll clothes cut from scraps, houses made from cardboard boxes, anything I could dream up and find a way to make. My mom taught me to crochet when I was about seven, but I didn’t start making up my own patterns until after my first baby was born — I wanted a sun hat for him, but couldn’t find any I liked, so I just experimented until I made one. From there, I was hooked, and have made up more than twenty patterns since.
2) What is your favorite thing about creating?
It’s always a thrill when a new project turns out the way I want it to look.
3) Where do you find your inspiration?
Most of my inspiration comes from my three children and things they ask me for. They wanted to be mice for Halloween, so I crochet hats with mouse ears for them. They wanted a nativity set they could play with, so I crocheted clothes for little peg dolls to create their own set.
4) Tell us about what you sell.
I sell my original crochet patterns for hats, toys, and sundry other things.
5) How did your shop get it’s name?
I love the play “Hamlet,” and the word “huggermugger” is used in it. It can mean, among other things, “jumble” — my shop is a jumble of different patterns, so I thought it was an apt name. Plus, it’s fun to say.
6) Do you have any advice for other sellers?
Find your niche! For the first few years on Etsy, I sold all kinds of different things: crocheted hats, patterns, collaged journals, and whatever else struck my creative fancy. When I cleared my shop of everything but patterns and really focused on those, my sales went up! Focus is important.
7) How do you balance your Etsy shop, your children, and your everyday schedule?
Very carefully! Once I had my third baby, I knew I needed to cut back on the time I spent on my shop, and that’s when I switched to selling only crochet patterns. When someone orders one, all I have to do is email it to them, so most of the time I spend on my shop is now devoted to creating new patterns. I work on those whenever I have a spare moment, like after the kids are in bed at night, or while they’re lollygagging over lunch. Then I take photos and write up the pattern whenever I have a moment.
8) Where else can we find you?
I’m on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HuggermuggerHandmade and you can also buy my patterns on Craftsy and Ravelry — look for me under Huggermugger at both those sites.
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