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Share your Handmade Story

Handmade is a story that must be told. What's yours?

Handmade is a story that must be told. What's yours? Woven throughout our creations, stitched into the fabrics of our work, are intimate stories; stories that not only shape what we make, but stories that become our history – stories that make us who we are.  These are our handmade stories.

When I sit at my spinning wheel, I am starting a handmade journey.  The fiber already has a story to tell, for it has traveled so far.  It came from a farm; was cleaned, processed, then dyed and carded.  I sit with it in my hands and place my fingers on each bit as it goes from fluff to string through my wheel.  Once completed, the handmade yarn still has a long journey ahead of it.  It’s bought and turned into something one can treasure for years to come.  It is handmade and has heart and passion.

 
Have you sat down to make one thing, but then something completely changed?  Why did you start creating? Do you have a special memory of crafting with a family member or dear friend?  Crafty code turned cool?  Digital disaster?  These are your handmade stories.
 
Over the next few months, I’d be honored to have the opportunity to share your handmade stories through our website.  Handmade means so very much to me and I’d love to share your passions for creating as well.  Your handmade journey can include anything at all created by you.  Your story doesn’t have to be earth shattering; it can be simple, beautiful, funny, or surprising – but it must be told!

Handmade is a story that has to be told, what's yours?

How to share your handmade story:

Submit either a written post (with photos if you’d like) or video (less than 5 minutes long) to Cyndi@TheTwistedPurl.com with the subject line “My Handmade Story”.

If selected your story will be shared on our website.  Thank you and I can not wait to start reading and sharing.

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New Studio Space

 

New Public Studio Space for The Twisted Purl

Slowly, my little business has grown.  The Twisted Purl has taken over my house for some time and something had to change.

When I originally started, I ran everything out of our laundry room. Which although it’s a pretty big laundry room, with lovely counter space, lots of cabinets, and a huge sink, it didn’t take long to outgrow.  For awhile, I used the laundry room, part of the garage, AND my living room.  The spinning wheel was always out, among baskets of fiber, and racks of drying felted soaps.

Then, the sacrifice was made to give up my dining room and turn it into a studio.  The studio was gorgeous, when it was organized, but the lack of space was still killing me.  There wasn’t places for things and I’d have to set up stations for work then break it down, which ended in a huge cluttered mess.  The dining room always spilled over into the living room and it was pretty impossible to keep neat.

Fluff was all over the floor.  Kids would go to school with wool in their shoes and on their clothes.  My dog had a daily intake of fiber and made the background super colorful.  Yeah, okay, okay,  maybe that last part was TMI.  But you see, this was our life!

My greatest fear, was someone would show up at my door in the middle of all my chaos and want to buy yarn.  This actually happened a few weeks back. Although the couple that came by were sweet and so understanding, I just knew under their breath, they were like “What the holly heck is this mess and how in the world is this a yarn studio! ”  In my defense, I was getting ready to pack the car and rushing around finishing last-minute items for a big show.  There were packed boxes and stacks of inventory everywhere.  I’m quite certain I hadn’t showered that day and know I was covered from head to toe in stray strands of fiber.  What an impression I must have made!

The Twisted Purl is in over 70 stores now, in 4 different countries, with our Felted Soaps.  On average we ship 250 soaps a week (that’s a lot of soap).  Our yarn retails worldwide.  We are doing some big shows, meeting lots of fantastic people, and loving every minute of it!

So yes, the time has come! Time to reclaim my house. Time to make this business the real deal. Time to move into a public place.  Time to expand and grow.

Now, my friends, I’ve found a little studio space.  A little place inside a great office building.  The perfect starter studio for The Twisted Purl.  A spot where all my tools, fluff, and stuff is set up in a workspace environment.  A dedicated place for me to work, uninterrupted by the things daily life throws at you while working out of your home.  A space you can come by and play!  You can come make yarn, learn to spin, or just come watch as the fluff turns into string and oh so many other things.

In a few weeks, we’ll have a grand opening and officially be ready for you to stop on by.  In the meantime, please follow us on Instagram and Twitter to get updates about the move and all the happenings.

Also, quick side note, I am looking for an intern or two for the Fall so if you are interested (or know anyone who might be) please check out our Internship Program.

 

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Etsy Craft Party Preparations are Underway

I LOVE Etsy Stickers from The Crafting Place

Stickers made by The Crafting Place

We are hosting an Etsy Craft Party this year in Conway, Arkansas and couldn’t be more excited.

Crafting makes me HappyWanted to created a space for our finished projects so we can photograph and tweet them out with all the other Etsy Craft Parties happening around the world.  This cork board is my solution.  From our local craft store, I purchased a set of four cork boards.  Glued two of them together.  Used a hot glue gun to attach a very Etsy-ish feeling ribbon around the edge.  Added a tack with a stylish paperclip to the center.  Finished with the @Etsy and hashtag for the event #CraftParty in the corners.

Etsy #CraftParty Photo Embellishment Showoff BoardNow finished, the board is on an easel and is the perfect spot to show off all our #CraftParty photo embellishment creations.  Follow us on Twitter and Instagram during the event to see all the creations on June 6th, 2014.  Follow the hashtag #CraftParty to see all the worldwide creativity.  If you are in our area, come join in the fun at The Locals on 1024 Van Ronkle, Conway 72034 starting at 6 PM.