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A little about me and why I started this blog in a world full of blogs...

Stitch & Hustle was born in March 2016 as a place for me to share what I had learned from starting my handmade small business. Since then it has evolved into more than I could have imagined. Ups and downs have all led back to the one truth that brought me here to begin with: making things with my hands makes me happy and I want to share that.

MY FIRST HANDMADE HAT

I have always loved handmade and crochet. My childhood was bumpy to be sure and I will spare you the details; but music and yarn were my constant and solace. It was the thread throughout my life. No matter where I was or what was happening around me I could turn on music and make something with hooks and yarn.

I've also always been curious about and a fan of architecture and fashion. To me they are so similar. Equally inspiring. I can remember walking down streets in NYC growing up seeing fashions and thinking "I can make that" or "how did they make that". For me, it was always about the construction. The process.

While the road to get here was full of adventure, detours, mountains and valleys; looking back now, it makes perfect sense that I would own and run a handmade business. It feels right.  I still ask "how did they make that" but now I take my tools then design and make my own. It is something so special to not only make things but design things for others to create and make. The reward is too big to describe.

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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 allow me to use my gift to inspire and help others.

That experience also reminded me, a rather insecure and socially awkward human, that I have things to offer and should share them. I had battled with self confidence much of my life, being told since birth I am "not good enough".  This experience was life changing for me because not only was I good enough, but I was there fore my own creations. My own business. Something I had built from an idea.

The event also made me realize something so very important: That it is ok to celebrate and be proud of my success and still strive for more. 

That experience planted the seed that eventually became this blog.

Originally I thought this blog would be about sharing the project tips and business tips that helped me make my passion into my paycheck. But 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".

The only thing I can tell you that will work for EVERYONE is this:
Always be seeking. Always be growing. Always be moving forward. Even when you have a setback, dust off and move forward. And always be making! Never lose sight of the passion that brought you here: MAKE ALL THE THINGS.

After 2 years and lots of bumps in the road, ups and downs, and discovering some of the ugliest truths in the shadows of the maker world, Stitch & Hustle has changed and evolved. Just like me, this blog has gone back to the core of what brought me here: my passion to make things and wanting to share that to help & benefit others.

I hope that Stitch & Hustle becomes a haven for you. A place to be inspired. A place to learn something new. A place to get a new pattern, to try a new stitch, and to celebrate your fiber skills. I hope that Stitch & Hustle becomes that safe, inspiring and fiber fabulous corner of the interwebs we all need.

So thanks for stopping by. I hope you hop around the site 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 and check out what the #stitchandhustle maker community is up to.

Michele

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