This has been a very busy winter for me behind the scenes, and a very exciting one, as I’ve inched my way closer and closer to some brand new Crayon Chick products. And when I say inched, I mean 1 step forward/2 steps back in an endless process of trial and error and problem-solving. It felt like I was never going to get there!
It was the right time to put my creativity mettle to the test. I like to think I’m old-school and take great pride in my craftsmanship and originality. And when I was beginning to notice so many similar products as mine at the markets I knew I had to move forward.
I did what I always do when I need to tap into my core, my focus. I went back to my past. My childhood.
I’m often asked who taught me to crochet and make. It was my mum and I was so little I don’t even remember the first piece I made. Mum used to hand over her project and let me finish a row or start a new granny square. Mum tried her hand at everything, she made everything, it was the best! My dad is a builder with a shed like Narnia – all sorts of magic happens in that shed and dad always took the time to show me how things are made, how things work, how to use tools and tie a knot. Yarn from the stash and scraps from the shed were always available for a young girl to play and create with.
I’m not one for planning on paper before starting something. Ideas come to me as I twiddle and play with materials.
When the knots started coming together I posted pictures on Instagram (of course!) and my sister was one of the first to respond asking if it was my Girl Guide days coming into play! I think she may be right.
And here it is. The result of all that trial and error, the loss of all my fingernails and the cause of my cuticles feeling like they are on fire. The tearing my hair out trying to source supplies and finalise designs.
Launched at Markit, sold out in Sydney Finders Keepers, restocked for Melbourne Finders Keepers – I’d like to introduce to you my new Knot Necklaces!
Everything about these satisfies my creative itch. I love the copper beads but it’s clearly a mad amount of extra work to make them by hand. But I love them so much. We’ll see if they stay or not!
I’m constantly asked when they will be listed online and I say to that “Any minute now!”