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ThankfulKnits

Rikki Teeters

ThankfulKnits is a small business located in Columbus, Ohio. Owner, Abby, creates macramé and crochet products by hand. We love her design style and sophisticated product line. She donates a portion of all sales to local non-profits. We interviewed ThankfulKnits to learn more about her craft. Meet ThankfulKnits on June 3 at our Summer Maker Mart

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Tell us about your local business.

The name of my business is ThankfulKnits and I’m based out of Columbus Ohio. What began as a side hustle with only knit and crochet products has expanded to include macramé and I couldn’t be more thrilled! The mission of ThankfulKnits is to provide a way for people to purchase handcrafted quality fiber art products for their home and wardrobe while extending a “thank you” to non-profits, charities who are getting it right in the local community and around the world. A portion of every sale of ThankfulKnits products goes out in support.

I do this because in my own life I have experienced the radical positive impact that having a heart posture of gratitude has and I want to create more ways for folks to live with and express a thankful spirit. Through this business, my customers and I have been able to donate and say “thank you” to Blessings in a Backpack, Hospice of Central Ohio, and we are currently supporting the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

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What drew you to your craft?

My entire life I have loved working with my hands. I am always down for crafty adventures, I play the piano, guitar and a few other instruments and I love to garden. There is an aspect of macramé, knitting and crochet that is very repetitive. I’d go so far as to say it is somewhat meditative. I have two very young children (a 2 year old and a 9 month old) so life can be busy, loud and messy. It is very soothing to zone out when I’m in my creative work space and making things. Being able to create items that make someone’s home more beautiful or keep their head warm in the winter brings me an incredible joy and is such an honor.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

Definitely my first multi-layered macramé on a branch. No pattern or plan, it just flowed so naturally- t was like a hug for my boho heart. A close second is the chunky knit hats I make in the winter.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher. That happened too- I went to school for it and taught preschool and elementary school for several years.

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What is your creative process?

Since I stay home full time with my two kiddos. I work when they sleep basically. I always have my dream book around where I’ll jot down or sketch ideas…then when its go time, I get to creating. I’m inspired by nature, past pieces I’ve created or a new technique I want to try out. Sometimes the design I start out with doesn’t end up being what happens, but I love the flexibility of being a creative and having a style that can handle a change of mind. I usually listen to either music or podcasts while I create and work through things in my head while my hands are busy knotting and knitting.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Stop telling yourself no! Oh the limitations were just ridiculous. Thank goodness for wisdom from good people and experiences that helped me recognize that I have something unique to offer. When people are pouring positivity, wisdom and encouragement into you…listen. Let those things help you grow and don’t brush it off thinking it doesn’t apply to you or your situation.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

There is something so incredible about community. Our local community is where life happens! Time, energy, love and resources went into creating something and when you shop local you become a part of that person’s story and they become a part of yours. Technology is great, but we are running the risk of losing face to face community and really knowing people. Supporting local connects us.

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Why do you love doing what you do?

It gives me a chance to express my creativity with my hands, I can help others make purposeful purchases by donating to various causes and organizations, and I can work while raising my babies at home!

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What advice do you have for other people who want to start their own businesses?

DO IT! We live in a time when the threshold for starting is really quite low. Access to the internet, your creativity and a little time can get you going! Also, grow slow. I’ve committed to growing my business without debt and it brings such a sense of freedom with it!

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

Ohio- the heart shaped state. Oh how I love it. I was born and raised here, moved to the west coast after college then over several years worked my way back. I appreciate it so much more now that I’ve seen other places. It has such a variety of landscapes, cultures, and access to so much nature. Also you can get anywhere in 3-ish hours. That’s a cool idea- two very different places in half a day! Hocking Hills, Amish Country, and did you know there is a national park?! Just south of CLE! Lets not forget this part- where else can you live and get all four seasons in the span of one week? Hahaha! :) Anyways, yeah just getting outside is probably my favorite thing- camping, nature and exploring!

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Little Birdie Design Studio

Rikki Teeters

Little Birdie Design Studio is a small local business in Akron, Ohio. They specialize in creating knit products by hand. We recently interviewed owner, Tori, to learn more about her company. Meet Little Birdie Design Studio on June 3, 2018 at our Summer Maker Mart!

Little Birdie Design Studio

Tell us about your local business.

Little Birdie Design Studio, located in Akron Ohio. Founded in 2009, Little Birdie Design Studio has grown from a crafting hobby into an established company that specializes in hand-knit statement pieces. Each product has been hand-knit from a custom design pattern created by owner/designer, Tori Tedesco. LBDS values the art of knitting and the process it takes to create each individual piece. Every item is handcrafted with attention to detail, giving each finished product a personalized touch. Our mission is to combine the craft of knitting with the world of fashion accessories. LBDS offers seasonal accessory collections that are both stylish and functional.

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What drew you to your craft?

As a graphic designer I was looking for a creative outlet that I could do in the evenings to get my mind off of work and my eyes off of a computer screen. When I was young my mother taught me to crochet, but I had always had an interest in knitting. So I started teaching myself how to knit. From there my love for working with yarn grew!

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

I think my favorite piece I have ever made is my new Cross Body Tote Bag. This design was a real labor of love. I spent almost a year finding the right materials, creating the design pattern and fine tuning the finished product.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was young I was in love with both Ballet and Photography. I had dreams of being in either field and being truly happy. After graduation, I attended Kent State University where I majored in Visual Communication Design and followed my dreams by minoring in Photography and Dance Performance. After college I went on to join 2 different dance companies in Cleveland and continued to follow my love for photography by picking up freelance jobs. As time went on, my body could no longer take the demands of dance world and I had to give up on a passion I had had since I was 5 years old.

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What is your creative process?

The way I design each piece starts with a vision of something I would want to wear or use. From there I select a yarn that fits the style I am going for and then I start knitting the piece by trial and error. All of my pieces come from my own design (never from another artist’s pattern) and I build my pattern as the piece develops. I will work on the design until I have it just perfect and fitting the function I was looking for in the beginning.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Get ready and hold on to your hat, because your life is about to head in a direction you could have never imagine! But everything is going to be ok, just trust your gut, stay true to yourself and believe in yourself.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

Supporting local artist and makers means you are keeping your money local and supporting your community and those in it. There is something truly special about being able to buy a product from a local business or maker, being able to meet the maker, and knowing you can trust the materials and craftsmanship that went into the product.

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Why do you love doing what you do?

I love seeing people wearing and enjoying a product that I made with my own hands.

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What advice do you have for other people who want to start their own businesses?

Love what you do! Believe in your product. If you do not love it, then others will not either.

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

I grew up in Dover Ohio, but enjoyed my youth playing in the fields of my grandparents’ dairy farm in Ragersville, Ohio. After moving to the Akron area I was afraid I would not have places to go to enjoy the outdoors and hiking. However, after meeting my husband, who grew up in the Akron area, he showed me just how much hiking and adventure we can have through the Summit Metro Parks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. When time allows and when the weather is decent, you will find us out hiking with our pups your kayaking the Cuyahoga.

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