Challenge Convention

St. Petersburg, Florida 58 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Challenge Convention

St. Petersburg, Florida | 58 Sales

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Whitney Lee Larsen

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Whitney Lee Larsen


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Welcome to my shop!

I am Whitney Lee Larsen, chef, artist, and Renaissance woman. I make a dizzying array of things from a wide range of materials. Creating my works often requires a mix of media and methods. I have a passion for repurposing anything old or forgotten; for breathing new life into items that have ceased to be useful.

I have had some kind of thread, fabric, string, or yarn in my hands all my life. My mother taught me to stitch when I was very young. My grandmother furthered my interest by teaching me to crochet. Over the years, I have explored many other methods of creating or embellishing textiles. New techniques sometimes inspire ideas that draw on older techniques, and before you know it, another new and delightful creation is born.

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    Panstitchual maker of all things!

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Last updated on September 25, 2018
Welcome! Thank you for visiting my shop.

Challenge Convention seeks to elevate reclaimed, recycled, and repurposed materials into chic, well-crafted items for your home and wardrobe.

One of the first questions people often ask me when they first encounter my shop is "Do you really make ALL of this yourself?!" And the short answer to that is a simple, straightforward "Yes!" I am panstitchual, a makers' word for someone who works in many different forms of textile art. My interests and expertise range from crochet and knitting to garment construction and upholstery. I dabble in a bit of tatting and macrame, jewelry-making, yarn spinning, and weaving. Beading, lace-making, leatherwork, woodworking, and papercraft also play a role in my creations from time to time, depending upon which muse calls, and what song she plays.

Many of the materials I work with are reclaimed, repurposed, or salvaged. I live in an area that is blessed to be rich in second-hand clothing, so I source most of my textiles from existing garments. I hand dye most of the stranded fibers (crochet thread, yarn, and macrame cords) I work with, many of which have been sourced from estate sales, thrift shops, and other second-hand retailers.

I strive to keep as much useable textile fiber out of landfill as I possibly can. Scraps from all of my pieces are collected and used until nothing but tiny jiblets remain. Even then, these "unusable" pieces are put to final use as pet bed stuffing, floor poof filling, or other non-cosmetic purposes.

Natural fibers are selected for garment wear and other applications that will be often laundered. Synthetic fibers are reserved for objects that will be seldom, if ever, washed. This helps to minimize the amount of microplastic that sheds in our water supply while also working toward reducing the amount of textile waste in our landfills.

I hope you find something here that calls to you. If you have any questions about my shop or my philosophy, please feel free to message me.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
  • Other Method
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
All items are eligible for return within 14 days of delivery, provided they are in as-sent condition. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with your purchase, message me immediately so I can address your concerns. Many times, a simple alteration is all that may be needed, in which case I encourage you to return the item to me so I can tailor it for you. Nearly ALL tailoring requests are completed free of charge. We can set up a Skype call, Facetime, or email pictures to arrange whatever tweaks you want done.

If you choose to return an item, a 20% restocking fee will be assessed to cover merchant fees. For items that are damaged in transit, the restocking fee is waived. Buyer is responsible for return postage.
Ready-made items ship the day after purchase.

Custom tailoring requests vary in complexity. I will provide an estimate of the time required to tailor your garment based on your specifications.
Additional policies and FAQs
All sweater coats are covered by my LIFETIME, TRANSFERRABLE, One-Free-Fix offer. If your coat is damaged or requires alteration for ANY reason, even if it is your own fault, you may return it to me for repair. The One-Free-Fix can be used to repair damage caused by having too much rowdy fun in your sweater coat, or to add a custom touch.* You can even choose to have your coat let out or taken in if you gain or lose weight. Buyer pays shipping to me for repairs or modifications, and I will pay the return shipping to you.

All tatted lace is covered by a 12-month warranty. If, for ANY reason, EVEN IF IT IS YOUR OWN FAULT, the tatting is damaged, simply return it to me for repair, free of charge. Buyer pays shipping to me for repairs they caused, and I will then pay the return shipping. Please note that bones or beads are not covered by this warranty. Only the tatted lace and sterling silver findings are eligible for free repairs.

Minimum wholesale order is $500.00, not including shipping. Qualifying wholesale purchases take 40% off retail prices. You must convo me to put together a wholesale order.

*Custom touches or alterations that require substantial amounts of additional fabric may incur a small surcharge, typically $5-$10, to cover the extra cost. Findings, such as special clasps or buttons, will be billed at actual cost with no markup. I am happy to use findings or even sweaters from your own personal collection, if you have something special you would like to use. No labor cost is charged, provided it is in conjunction with the One-Free-Fix for that garment.