The Crooked Elm - Elegant Quirk

Oakland, California

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Note from shop owner The Crooked Elm is in hibernation during difficult times. Happy Stitching!

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Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

The Crooked Elm is in hibernation during difficult times. Happy Stitching!

Annette Tardiff

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Elegant elm tree, with just a little bend.

---About the Elm Tree---
Once, not so very long ago, the streets of many American cities and towns were lined with identically beautiful, tall, straight-trunked elm trees, all reaching for the sun. Fast growing, elegantly shaped, hardy, resilient, and tolerant of poor conditions, the elm was the perfect choice for city life.
Then in the 1950's a single fungus named Dutch Elm Disease swept the land, wiping out very nearly every elm tree in the country. Hundreds of thousands died. That's what happens to any monoculture, eventually.

--About the Artist--
I'm a country girl in the big city, a vibrant soul living in cubeworld. Crafting keeps me sane in a world where elegance and beauty usually bow to the upfront dollar.

I knew I couldn’t be the only elm tree on the street growing with a slight bend, but I couldn't seem to find anyone who wanted to cater to my need for accessories that weren't plain, but weren't gaudy. I couldn't find Elegant Quirk, so I made some for myself, and thus was born The Crooked Elm.

---About the Style: Elegant Quirk---
The business world is all about being streamlined and efficient, but all too often that translates to sterile and anonymous, rows and rows of identical cubes filled with people in near-identical suits. The Crooked Elm was born of a desire to express my individuality while surviving and thriving in cubeworld. The uniform we wear is fairly standardized, so the key for me was the right accessories – elegant, understated, durable, whimsical, and unique.

I want to feel good about the things I surround myself with, and I know you do, too. To this end, my work is designed around the feeling of joy. My accessories should be a joy to wear, to look at, and merely to own. My patterns should be a joy to make – with minimal finishing and simple construction, you are left to revel in the interplay of color and texture, the soothingly hypnotic rhythm of your hands creating a thing of beauty and utility.

Every tangible item in my shop is brought together with my own hands, so individual variations between items are to be expected. For most designs, my materials were acquired in small quantities or repurposed from other items. Some materials I source in larger quantities, but the nature of handmade crafts in general, and my style of working in specific, means that even if I make another something like it, each item will be unique.

---Allergy Information---
I know a lot of people have allergies of various types, so I list every component of my work.

I have sensitive skin and metal allergies. I get a rash at the drop of a hat. Every product I sell was made by my own hands and tested by me, so most people with generic metal allergies shouldn't have a problem. However, I am not everyone, so if you have allergies please check the materials list at the bottom of the listing before buying. Many of my knit and crochet prototypes will have natural materials like wool in the blend.

Every one of my items is produced, handled, stored, and packed in a smoke-free environment. I live with a dog. If you have pet allergies, please let me know so I can properly handle your item.

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  • Annette

    Owner, I Wear ALL The Hats!

    Annette is an office worker who makes shiny and cuddly stuff to say sane. Hobbies include knitting, crocheting, gardening, hiking, dancing, beekeeping, curling up with a book and her dog, and helping build the world.

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Wholesale availability

Please contact me for a custom listing if you'd like an order of more than 10 units! I offer discounts for large orders.


If there's anything wrong with your item and you need to return or exchange it, it's extremely important you contact me via Etsy Convo first!
For some issues, I may send you a prepaid return label when you contact me. For all issues, if you don't contact me first the package may get lost because I share my space with folks who don't always remember to tell me that a package came for me or where they stashed it. If I know it's coming I can keep an eye out and know to ask around.

Please note, depending on the issue I may or may not be able to honor returns or exchanges on items that were made specially for you. Please contact me right away via Etsy Convo to discuss.

My item broke, what should I do?

The durability of my items is very important to me. If your steel cable badge reel or abacus bracelet has developed a problem, please contact me via Etsy Convo right away and send me a picture of what's wrong. Depending on the item and the issue, I may be able to repair it for you. If it's within 30 days of delivery and I can repair it, I'll send you a prepaid label to send it back to me for repair no matter where you are in the world.

Will your abacus counting bracelet fit me?

Probably! My counting bracelets are made from coils of memory wire that expand and contract around your wrist. If the width of your wrist measured flat at the widest point is between 2" and 3", the bracelet should fit fine with no alterations.
If your wrist is particularly large or small, contact me about making you a custom version. I can probably accommodate you! Contact me via Etsy Convo to discuss.

Custom and personalized orders

My turn around time for custom orders varies a lot, but for many items it's often about 3 weeks from when you pay for your custom listing.
Please contact me via Etsy Convo to find out how long it will take for the item you want. During some times of the year you can pay a little extra to get certain items made up faster if I already have the materials on hand.