13 August 2015

About Me: Crochet Design & Vintage Inspiration

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I’m a crochet designer and I live in The Netherlands in my own lovely CurioCraftsRoom where I have surrounded myself with quite a bit of vintage home décor, (hand)made in the bygone flapper era. I just adore the faded colours and velvety feel of so many 1920s and 1930s materials. Since I’m in love with the feathery sumptuousness of peacocks and their art deco colours - they are just so of the roaring twenties ;-) - I decided to design my very own crochet peacock feathers. They are now all over my living room in different shapes, sizes and colour combinations.

the curio crafts room crochet designs peacock feathers etsy ravelry

I became a designer only last year (2014) but I had learned how to crochet when I was just a very little girl in awe of my maternal grandmother’s ability to crochet, knit and sew just about anything. She dressed my dolls in the most fabulous outfits and of course I wanted to learn how to make all those wonderful clothes too. My mother was also an avid crocheter so I was always surrounded by craftiness.
I picked up crochet again about 6 or 7 years ago and haven’t let go of a hook ever since. First I made lots of scarves and (baby)blankets using other designers’ patterns but after a while I had crocheted so many things I didn’t know what to do with them. This wasn’t what I wanted to do. I wanted to use my creativity in a different way. So inspired by my own vintage surroundings, I decided to try my hand at designing some peacock feathers in lovely shapes and ‘vintagy’ colours. First I sold some of these feather motifs in my Etsy shop but I received many requests for the patterns so I decided to sell these too.

the curio crafts room crochet work peacock

This has really changed my life. After losing my job as a university teacher (which turned out I didn’t like so much after all) and falling ill, designing and selling (and you buying!) my patterns made me realize that I can design my own life, create it the way I want it to be.
So now I do the things I really love. Not only crochet design but also sourcing and selling the kind of beautiful antique and vintage items I have always surrounded myself with. The two things from childhood that I loved most - crafting and antiquing with my parents – have slowly resurfaced and given me the opportunity to lead a different kind of life.   

crochet peacock design the curio crafts room


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