Erica Schmid's Profile

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I grew up on a farm in eastern Washington, so it should be no surprise to learn that I was involved in 4-H. However unlike most kids in 4-H, I wasn't interested in showing animals but in the domestic side of things like baking, sewing and arts and crafts. My mom had a lot of influence in that, especially the sewing aspect of things. I hated sewing as a kid and only did it because it seemed to appease my mother. She sewed a lot of things for us growing up and was always very crafty and creative and still is to this day! I attribute my creativity and love of art to her.

In high school I got really interested in photography and by my senior year I got involved in the annual staff which only peaked my interest even more. I considered going to college for photography but it didn't really seem practical. Working as a photographer for the college newspaper would have to do, but only lasted my freshmen year…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 23
  • Joined October 22, 2011

Favorite materials

Yarn, beads, buttons, string

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thestringlady
The String Lady

About

I grew up on a farm in eastern Washington, so it should be no surprise to learn that I was involved in 4-H. However unlike most kids in 4-H, I wasn't interested in showing animals but in the domestic side of things like baking, sewing and arts and crafts. My mom had a lot of influence in that, especially the sewing aspect of things. I hated sewing as a kid and only did it because it seemed to appease my mother. She sewed a lot of things for us growing up and was always very crafty and creative and still is to this day! I attribute my creativity and love of art to her.

In high school I got really interested in photography and by my senior year I got involved in the annual staff which only peaked my interest even more. I considered going to college for photography but it didn't really seem practical. Working as a photographer for the college newspaper would have to do, but only lasted my freshmen year. Wasn't a whole lot of time in college for hobbies but a friend of mine taught me how to crochet. I DID NOT get it at first. I struggled and struggled and struggled to figure it out; I think my friend thought I was a hopeless student. At some point though I got it figured out(as well as being able to read patterns) and have been running with it ever since.

At my previous job I was fortunate enough to be able to crochet at work (easy to do when you work tech support). I've made countless projects there and was commissioned a few times for special requests. I've taught a few co-workers, friends and family about crocheting and educating those who do not know the difference between knitting and crocheting. I've had a lot of encouragement from friends at work (and the boyfriend) to get a business going with all that I do, now is a good time for me to finally do it. The name 'String Lady' is a nickname given to me by a co-worker and I thought it seemed appropriate for the business. Most of the items I've made have been given away as gifts but I have sold some items to friends and at a farmer's market type venue. I am looking forward to this online venture.

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