inspired crochet amigurumi & beyond

Ottawa, Illinois

Announcement    Welcome to Wild Prairie Designs! Browse my ready-made items below or start dreaming of your own! Please contact me with questions and for quotes on custom orders.


Last updated on Apr 11, 2019

Welcome to Wild Prairie Designs! Browse my ready-made items below or start dreaming of your own! Please contact me with questions and for quotes on custom orders.


Zibby Alexander

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Zibby Alexander

About WildPrairieAmigurumi

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My story starts with a chicken and a giant bag of stuffing...

My life partner, Keith, is really into chickens and I decided to crochet one for his birthday. To my chagrin, I found myself purchasing yet another bag of fiberfill. If past experience was an indicator, I figured that the bulk of it would likely sit in a closet until I got fed up on a cleaning spree and tossed it out. That thought bothered me, so I vowed to use up the entire bag (as well as my giant pile of unused yarn) no matter how long it took.

From this came a veritable zoo of amigurumi animals; everyone got one for their birthday, Christmas or just-because. Through my desire to make every gift personal and lovable, I quickly moved away from pre-printed patterns and was blown away by the results.

With no finished picture in mind, my amigurumi began creating themselves with their own personalities emerging throughout the process. Some ideas would take on many iterations before I was satisfied. One of my favorite experiments was the herd of giraffes that evolved from Gerry (named for my grandmother) to Iggy (a going away gift for my friend Leo). I started adding little extras - embroidery, tiny bouquets of flowers, top hats, whatever seemed to suit the little guys. And then, I started to get requests.

Fast-forward to the present: I love doing custom work. There is so much I don't know and I am so inspired by others and their ideas. A person who feels they don't have a creative bone in their body can have tremendous vision, and being able to help bring that vision to life gives me a special kind of joy that I can't find anywhere else.

This online store is my showcase; examples of my best work and an outlet for my non-commissioned dalliances. I take pride in the quality of my craftsmanship and use of the finest fibers that are a delight to touch with captivating colors. In the spirit of goodwill, every finished piece that does not go to a new home or put up for general sale (remember the herd of giraffes?) is donated to a local charity that provides short-term emergency care for children experiencing a severe disruptive crisis or family emergency.

Please follow me on social media as I endeavor to publish pictures of all my work as well as stay in touch with shop updates and projects in progress. All prices include premium gift boxing and standard shipping within the contiguous states. Ready-made items usually ship within 1-2 business days. Lead time on custom orders varies and will be determined when the order is placed. Please contact me with any questions and to consult for your own custom order.

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to working with you!

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  • Zibby Alexander

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    I have been crafting with fibers and beads ever since my grandmother taught me to crochet when I was little. I love turning images and ideas into tangible reality. I am also a photography hobbyist, work with stained glass and am an avid skydiver.

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