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The Back Story.

 
 

144 Stitches is my baby. My vision. My way to share my passion. Since childhood, I’ve always loved fiber and texture. With deep New York City roots, I’m a rough around the edges goofball who discovered joy and happiness in a ball of yarn and am on a mission is to get the world into handmade cozy one stitch at a time.

For me, creating handmade fiber products is a deeply intimate & personal process. More than just the stitching, I take careful consideration when sourcing the raw material for each design. Before deciding on which fiber or material will be used for any creation, I think about how it will be worn and how will the finished product meet your needs and will be stylish for YOU my customer.

I have always bucked the system a little and been a rebel in my own way. So of course my design process is not standard. Completely opposed to most industry or common approach, I actually begin the design process with stitch work, on paper. I take my graph paper notebook and visualize stitch flow and the texture of the fabric which leads me to a sketch and then I begin working the fabric and letting the pattern take shape. Sometimes designs come together seamlessly and quickly and sometimes it is a long and laborious process. Whichever it is, each customer can be assured the final piece was made with personal dedication, putting love and care into crafting every stitch by hand and every step of the process.

 
 
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The Inspiration.

 
 

I have been very blessed and got to travel the world. I draw a lot of inspiration from the many places I’ve been and people I have met along the way. This is why many of my designs are named for places or a memory that inspired that design or that moment captured in a texture.

Another one of my biggest inspirations for it all, chasing my dreams, helping others succeed with the launch of my blog and speaking to small business owners, and making everyday count as much as it can is my grandparents. They are both gone but they are still guiding me with the many lessons they taught me in business and in life. I proudly named this creative vision after them. Find out more about the meaning behind 144 Stitches on my Blog here.

 
 
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The Collaborations.

In an unexpected but incredible blessing, I have been able to work closely and directly with yarn companies worldwide to source the best and highest quality offerings while maintaining focus on fair trade and sustainable fibers. Additionally, I’ve collaborated on exclusive designs and patterns working directly with companies such as Manos Del Uruguay, We Are Knitters, Wool And The Gang, Universal Yarns, Lion Brand and Betta Knit among others.

Another passion of mine is to support the indie dyer community and sheep - to - garment movement. I work closely with various independent yarn dyers as well and publish Free Patterns on the Stitch & Hustle Blog.

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The Reviews.

The truth is that sometimes I have to pinch myself and make sure this is all real. Could this dream be my reality? It is amazing and makes me work that much harder. It is incredibly humbling and I am grateful to have loyal fans & customers from all over the world. I have customers who have been with me since I first opened my shop on Etsy as well as my designs are also a favorite in Hollywood, beloved by celebrities including Kristen Johnston, Leah Remini, Melissa Gorga as well the designer Isaac Mizrahi, who’s line of stunning yarn was the focus of my 2015 collection, fittingly titled “Isaac.”  My patterns have appeared in and on the cover of crochet industry magazines. Even as I typed that it seems unreal. I am deeply grateful.

Most of all though, I was a featured artist in the Etsy Pavilion at the 2013 Chicago One Of A Kind Show and invited back to be a full display artist since, having my work featured in the fashion show each year as well. I was also asked to speak at their event for other handmade small business owners. That was the highlight. A chance to pay it forward and share what I have learned on this incredible journey. Below are a few of my reviews and accolades.

Mama Knows Design Series

The Crochet Dude Designer Feature

The Half Full Mug Style Feature

Bronx Mama

Twenty-four-Seven Style Fashion Blog

Chicago OOAK Review & Feature by CGOA Founder Gwen Blakley Kinsler

This Girl Jenn

Manhattan With A Twist Festival Style Guide

Culturated Style Guide

Etsy Blog Feature

Splash

Crochet On

TBB Reality

The Martian Style Guide

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