Welcome to Embrace Crafts
Turning a hobby into a business
I’ve been making jewellery, knitting and doing various crafts for a lot of years. Over those years, I sold to friends, family, and at small craft fairs etc, but never really made enough to give up the day job. This shop is part of my ‘exit strategy’ from the world of nine-to-five!
People have often told me my work is good enough to sell, so I decided to do just that. Crafting gives me something to do in the evening while watching TV, or while sitting in the car on long journeys (I don’t drive, by the way!). It just doesn’t feel right sitting doing nothing with my hands, so I decided I needed to sell what I make before it piles up and takes over the whole house!
I also love designing pretty things, so what you’ll find in my shop is the result of various aspects of my creative inspiration, whether it’s a crocheted purse, a pair of earrings, a knitted brooch, a beaded bracelet, or a knitting pattern. I was so thrilled when I found that you can actually do an online Knitting Diploma with the Centre of Excellence, and doing it has inspired me to start creating and writing down my own patterns – which you’ll see available for purchase and instant download in my shop. Watch this space, though, because there will be more.
I’m also lucky enough to have an artist for a brother, and the Celtic Heart embroidery pattern was created from a design of his. If you’d like to see more, pop over to his Etsy shop. I plan to use more of his designs to create patterns for cross stitch and knitting, so again, keep your eyes peeled for new ideas for ways to spend those copious leisure hours!
When I’m not designing and making things for sale, I can often be found making things for charity. At last count, I’ve crocheted ten small baby blankets for a charity called Cherished Gowns, plus a couple of baby hats and a pair of mittens. I take my crochet (and sometimes my knitting) with me anywhere – in the car, at the pub, while socialising with friends. One friend once commented that there were four of us chatting together, and three were fascinated by my knitting – I was the only one not watching it! (I was making one of my own designs – my pixie hood – at the time.) So you can see that making lovely things is part of my way of life, not just something I do for the money.
I recently came across a term I love, and that seems to describe me very well – multi-potentialite. It refers to those people who have multiple hobbies and interests in life, or a succession (or range) of jobs and income streams. As well as my crafting and designing, I write short stories, novels and poems (you can see some of my work on my author website, https://karentucker.me.uk); and run a photography business with my partner, where we offer all kinds of ‘people’ photography (Light Touch Photography). As Light Touch, we’ve taken the shots of my knitwear being modelled, for this website. We also offer product photography as TN4Productions, and the photos of my items have been taken with this hat on.