Welcome to Stitch & Hustle - a blog for people who make things. Here you will find:

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A little about me and why I started this blog...

I LOVE crochet and I have been crocheting since I was a child. Some of my happiest memories include hooks and yarn. It has always been my solace and happy place in what was an otherwise tumultuous upbringing.  As an adult, I have also come to love experimenting with new fibers and stitch combinations as my skills developed and I wanted to share that process.  I began seeing some success (and failures) since launching my crochet business to sell my creation on Etsy and it drove me to learn and try and do and create even more.  

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In 2014, I was invited to speak at an Etsy event about taking my online Etsy shop and turning it into offline success at the One Of A Kind Show in Chicago. I was so humbled and blown away they wanted to hear my story and my voice. That experience showed me how much sharing and giving back to other makers can really inspire me even more and be its own reward.

I also get a LOT of emails, messages on Etsy, tweets and Facebook messages asking for help on how to start a crochet or handmade business.

The truth is, though I’m deeply flattered by people asking me "HOW" I am successful - especially since I am just starting and nowhere near where I want to be and know we all define "successful" for ourselves, this is a very difficult question to answer. There is no easy, "hey do this and you will be a success" formula. Every creative business is different. And every Artisan is different. The recipe is never exactly the same. And it is hard to impart the amount of failures rolled into what is now "success".

With this in mind, I decided to revamp my personal crochet blog into an Artisan Community Blog and make it a place where we can share the hustle - and this is the next level of hustle where it's all about what I can offer you through this blog and how we can be a community that breeds success. How we can take what I learned from that experience speaking at the Etsy event into a continued cycle of sharing and supporting each other.

Stitch & Hustle is a place where we can not only find and share creative crafty projects, but by sharing an exchange of ideas, the steps that work or don't work we can explore our crafty side and share in our journey to success as well.

I look forward to not only sharing my own experiences, but hearing about yours as well. I hope to have many guest posts and share many voices in the community. Like I said I do not have the keys to the success house but am happy to share what I have learned along the way.

So thanks for stopping by. Hope you poke around and enjoy! Let me know if there is anything I / this blog can do for you or a topic you would like covered. Just use the contact form here.

Michele

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