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Hello and welcome to my profile about unique womens crochet and knit hats, scarves, and patterns. You wonder how did I get into crochet. As a child I spent summers my with grandmother Louise Couture who exposed me to the world of handmade crafts. She, a retired teacher, spent her late years crocheting something for every one. Together we crafted: she crocheted an afghan and I latch hooked rugs. We bought our yarn supplies and crafted together. At times, we latch hooked together known as the craft hookers.

I entered college and did not know what career to pursue. Books came first according to grandma. She made sure of that. I had no time for a social life. TV shows like Dallas and Falcon Crest were my Friday night "friends".

As a hobby, I sewed clothes. Little by little patterns and shapes "floated" in my head as well as dominated my study time in college (1989-1991). At…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 23
  • Joined August 31, 2006

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Smooth yarn, skinny yarn, anything with bright colors to stand out

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strawberrycouture
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Hello and welcome to my profile about unique womens crochet and knit hats, scarves, and patterns. You wonder how did I get into crochet. As a child I spent summers my with grandmother Louise Couture who exposed me to the world of handmade crafts. She, a retired teacher, spent her late years crocheting something for every one. Together we crafted: she crocheted an afghan and I latch hooked rugs. We bought our yarn supplies and crafted together. At times, we latch hooked together known as the craft hookers.

I entered college and did not know what career to pursue. Books came first according to grandma. She made sure of that. I had no time for a social life. TV shows like Dallas and Falcon Crest were my Friday night "friends".

As a hobby, I sewed clothes. Little by little patterns and shapes "floated" in my head as well as dominated my study time in college (1989-1991). At the time, I never thought crafts as an official business. The Internet began its infancy.

I worked various jobs after two years of college. I considered them stepping-stones. I learned skills and various tricks of the trade of the working world. I served 5 years in the U.S. Army as a cook. It taught me the structure of working hard and learning more about the ins and outs of the job. Besides cooking, you have to fill out a production schedule of how many pounds of meat you needed to cook of one meal for 500 people. Know how many people you have to feed and order food rations. Follow the recipe card. Inspectors constantly visited to make sure you follow standards. Make sure the food temperature meets correct standards. Most of all, make sure no one gets sick. It taught me about the value of customer service that determines whether your customer will come back or not. True grit works.

I served a 1 year tour in Korea as a specialist and worked the job of a sergeant aka the boss in the civilian world who has to answer to a higher boss. It taught me how well you need to talk to people. You don't just talk down to people any old way you want. Treat them the way you want to be treated. Don't let anyone bring you down. Put them in their place. Most of all (I cannot stress this enough) communicate with your people. If you don't communicate with your people, nothing will go right.

After the army, I started two failed small businesses: the first one a sewing business called a "Custom Fitting Designs" out of our government living quarters. My husband still served in the army by this time. I sewed custom clothes for a small clientele. One officer's wife brought me her fabric with sewing patterns. I sewed dresses for her daughter, a formal dress for her to wear at her husband's Officer's Ball.

My second business I embroidered company logos for a lady who had her own taco restaurant. Machine embroidery is good for customers who live in your local area. A late friend of mine, Alma, taught me how to machine embroider for fun. My husband bought me a 7570 Pfaff sewing/embroidery machine, sameas Alma's machine. Buying the identical model to her's made her teaching me easier. Digitize your own designs. She taught me everything I know. I spoke to her the day before she passed away of a massive heart attack at the age of 57. She had Diabetes and failing health. She pursued what she loved to do.

Alma and I worked together in a fabric store. I cut fabric and worked in the home decorating department. I ordered fabric from manufacturers, helped customers choose their drapery fabric colors for their living rooms and upholstery fabric for their couches.

I learned about customer service. My career path began to take shape. Learn from your customers. Welcome to the platform where you get to hear from different customers likes and dislikes. Working in a fabric store had its perks and downsides: I received employee's discounts on fabric. Fleece, in full demand, came in from left and right. I stashed my share underneath the cutting table. Work fast and efficient for customer satisfaction. The job paid a small income. I knew I needed to make extra money.

One customer I cut fabric for sold her finished Renaissance garments on Ebay. I thought to myself,"I can do that." This was in the early 2000's. I went home and sewed crazy quilt square throw pillows. They sold on Ebay.
I looked for crafts sites on the Internet, but to my dissatisfaction. They charged large fees. One night, however, in 2006 I came across Etsy, the handmade version of Ebay. The rest is history.

I notice my audience is women in the 50+ age group. As a child, they surrounded me because my grandparents raised me. Whenever grandma and I went places and ran into a friend she knew, she asked, "Louise, is this your daughter?" "No", she replied. "This is my granddaughter but she makes me feel young." I often felt that connection with the older crowd. I seem to have a knack for making older people feel young, who already have a youthful spirit. My friends are older women. I often don't fare well with my age group because I wasn't with them growing up. Sometimes I feel ahead of my time because of older people. They did things before I did and have more experience. They have a lot to teach me. Perhaps I have something to teach them. I appreciate those open to my style and way of thinking and doing things.

Please visit my shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/strawberrycouture

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