In support of handmade and small businesses, I am interviewing etsy shop owners for the holidays. You can find my interview with The Red Star Designs here and my interview with Excessively Diverting here. Next up is Windsor Grace, owner of Knit in Public Etsy shop and blog.
I met Windsor Grace through twitter. First I found her blog and then I started talking to her personally. I feel weird following people one twitter unless I’m interacting with them, so I got to know Windsor through conversation as well as blog posts.
Recently I included one of her rings in an Etsy Picks post. I freaking love that ring and I talked about it to the point that she just up and gave it to me, can you believe that?! Probably she did that so I would just SHUT UP ALREADY, but even so it shows her generous spirit. Additionally, she looks like Snow White. CUTE.
It’s freaking adorable and I don’t blame you at all if you request her to make more of them just for you.
Here I am, pretending to BAM my kitties.
This would have been PERFECT for my Rogue costume at Halloween.
Now, onto the interview!
(I’m very proud of myself because this time I didn’t have to rely on interview questions from monster.com.)
1. It’s obvious from your blog, Knit in Public, that you love knitting. But your jewelry is a wonderful surprise. How did you get into jewelry making?
I do looooove to knit. I got into jewelry designing a little as a kid. My grandmother took my brother, cousins and me to a bead shop in her little town and let us pick whatever we wanted. I have always been fascinated with anything artsy and/or craftsy. (Yes, I know craftsy isn’t a word) I worked with seed beads as a child and teenager.
Then, my love of painting and drawing took over and I forgot all about the joys of jewelry. I came across some jewelry made of shrink plastic and I thought, “I can totally do that!” So, I did. It gives me a chance to draw and sketch and use colors and blend while also turning it into something wearable. I really love the jewelry. And, I took a metal smithing class a few months ago and hope to have more interesting things in the future. Right now, I’m so totally focused on the knitting, it’s hard to know I will get bored with it in a few months, but I certainly will.
2. Would you briefly describe your process for jewelry making? How long does it take to make each piece?
Hmm…I get a piece of paper and sketch out a design. Or, I may have something already going in my head and I just need to get it on the paper. I then trace the design onto the shrink plastic and color it in. Depending on how involved the piece is, they usually take between 2-5 hours from start to finish.
3. You have such lovely hand-knit items in your shop. What inspires your knitting most? What inspires you in general?
Thank you! What is inspiring me right now is knitting multiple color strands at the same time. I’ve also been working at using the twisted stitch in different and interesting ways. Knitting is like a huge canvas and it always amazes me that I made that with my own two hands and a ball of yarn. It’s the best feeling!
In general, the things that inspire me and things that feel innocent, yet sparkly and beautiful, doesn’t that make sense? Winter golds and winter whites and bold, beautiful reds. Snow. I am realizing (right now) I’m being inspired by Christmas and the fun and glitter and excitement of the season.
4. Remember when I had that dream that I went to a play wrote by you and you were singing and dancing and it was a whole epic production? How’s that coming along?
I vaguely remember that. It’s coming, if by play with dancing and singing, you mean me singing in my car and occasionally dancing (very badly) around my room in my undies :)
Oh, and since you didn’t ask my favorite interview question of all time, Would you rather be a Centaur or a Unicorn? I will just answer it anyway. Unicorn, duh. Men can’t see them.
Windsor Grace is offering a coupon code for the holidays! Just type in “dreambig” for 20% off your order in her Etsy shop.