FriYAY Friends

FriYAY Friends: An Interview with Jesse Cottrell of Knotty Hoops

Knotty Hoops Necklaces

Knotty Hoops Necklaces

Happy Black Friday!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with the people you love and eating lots of yummy food! We started the day by whipping up an apple crisp, then headed to my parents' house for the day. We watched the parade, ate a delicious lunch that Mama and Dad made, I took a nap on the couch while both boys to beautifully long naps, went for a walk, and Dad and Hubster hung a window shade, much to the entertainment of the whole family. Mama and Dad had been gone for their anniversary for several days, so we were all happy to be back together! Plus, Ian was feeling much better from his ear infection and was smiley and chipper once again. Then, we wrapped up the evening with a Friendsgiving dessert with a couple neighbors. I'm so thankful for my family and friends! 

Today, I'm bringing you a new Instagram friend of mine-- Jesse from Knotty Hoops. She's an experienced maker, and her embroidered necklaces are perfection! Enjoy!

Jesse and her baby girl

Jesse and her baby girl

1)     Tell us a little about yourself—your family, your embroidery, other creative interests, etc. First off, my name is Jesse and I am a wife and a mother to an almost 2 year old. My crafty journey began 20 years ago when I was only 8. My grandmother taught me how to sew and by 9 I had completed my first quilt. I spent the next several years sewing everything I could. Around 2013 I opened up a custom quilting business where I completed about 25 quilts a year. After a couple years of that I became pregnant and put my business in hold. It wasn't until this April I started back up. Around July I taught myself to embroider and am still learning, but it is my new love! I am so inspired by so many on IG. I bought pattern after pattern and fell even more for it. About a month or so ago I discovered Sonia of @dandelyne. She makes mini embroidery hoops for necklaces. I have started to make that my main focus. I enjoy making things that people will be able to sport everyday and what a great conversation piece!! 

I love this-- real life of creative working mamas

I love this-- real life of creative working mamas

2)     How long have you been doing embroidery, and how did you learn? Like I said before I have only been embroidering for a few months. I am self taught. Many YouTube videos and trial and error!!! 

3)     A lot of the pieces you offer in your shop are little necklaces (I love them!!). What do you love most about working on small scale pieces like that? I like working with smaller pieces because, of course, I can knock many out in one sitting and I can experiment with different color palettes easily. I love the idea of being able to wear embroidery to compliment an outfit rather than just hanging it in your home for only you and your family to see. 

4)     How is creative community important to your work? The creative community is very important to my work because without it I never would have begun embroidery. Just to name a few, I am so inspired by @tinkerellen, @knottydickens, and @thekitchystitcher. I love how everyone has their own "brand" and they are all beautiful and amazingly stitched.

A larger piece in process

A larger piece in process

5)     What advice do you have for makers along their creative journey? My best advice for makers is don't be afraid to try new things. Whether it be a new "craft" or just a new design or color palette. Try it all. There is no wrong answer. Be brave. <3

Thank you, Jesse! Your work is beautiful! Y'all be sure to visit Jesse on Instagram @KnottyHoops and in her Etsy shop (where I'm pretty sure there's an excellent sale happening this weekend). While you're at it, visit me on Instagram, too, @stringandstory. And speaking of sales, use the code SHOPSMALL20 here this weekend for 20% off! Time to count your tshirts! 

Much love,

HollyAnne

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