CGW veterans Heather Lewis & Sherri Waldman of Sol Heritage & Blue Grass Lucy are one incredible daughter and mom duo. Heather talks to us today about her crafty soundtrack, inspirations, and the story behind their cuddly soft crocheted accessories.
What do you make & sell?
Sherri and I crochet cold weather wear and home goods. I also whip up all natural bath and body products and 100% soy candles in vintage/repurposed containers.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Everything inspires me. Fashion, nature, architecture, colors, the list goes on. Often, I get inspired by my previous project, whether in texture — so I use a different yarn, color or just a whole other spin off. But truly, my main source of inspiration is Sherri. She is so creative and talented. She can crochet anything.
A few months ago, I asked her how to crochet a certain stitch, it looked like broomstick lace but I could tell it wasn’t done the same way. Hours later she emailed me a photo with the caption “Like this?” It was perfect. Sherri inspires me to try the hard projects, to get out of my comfort zone.
What’s your favorite completed project or product?
Oh dear. You HAD to ask this one didn’t you? ::Sigh:: It’s so hard to pick *one* but I would have to say right now my favorite completed project is my crochet cowl with leather accents. I had the idea in my head for a long time and I finally had time to sit down and make it happen.
Now, my favorite project of Sherri’s is the green mohair/silk blend cowl that she made me as a wedding gift. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous but it is also the softest thing that has ever touched my skin. Seriously. And the best part? She accepts custom orders for them.
How did you get started?
Sherri has been crocheting for 53 years and I have been crocheting for 6 years. When I started bringing finished projects into work, my co-workers would ask if we could make them one or ask if we could crochet a completely different product. I had been urging Sherri for years to sell her crocheted goods at craft shows but by this time I had been shopping on Etsy. It was an easy decision.
So, we started with just yarn, crochet hooks and very little knowledge of owning a business. Together we have navigated the world of online selling, craft/art shows, consignment and have discovered just how much hard work goes into owning a business. Our passion and love has driven us forward because we are creating so much more than a business. We are creating a life of crochet.
Give us a peek into your crafting soundtrack.
I have an Edith Piaf album that I am obsessed with. She’s fantastic. I have no idea what she’s saying but I find French to be such a beautiful and romantic language. When I’m creating bath products and candles, I put on her CD and dance.
What’s your crafting superpower?
Another doozy, y’all are good at these! I’m pretty darn good at wielding a crochet hook and as far as I’m concerned, Sherri is the master. But lately, customers have been commenting on my bath, body and candle scents, stating that they have never come into a booth and liked every scent until mine. (WOW! What a compliment!) So, I suppose that right now, my superpower is creating yummy scent combinations!
What makes you different?
Our products tell a story. If you listen closely you can hear the stitches whisper. You can hear the faint memory of a crochet hook humming through the yarn, creating a calming song. You can hear the laughter of its creator. You can see the pride in every carefully planned stitch. You can feel the warmth of the creator’s love wrap around your neck like a hug from a familiar friend.
Our items are memories. They create memories. They are front and center and yet a subtle piece of the background. They keep you warm during the blustery days of winter. They are with you at the bonfire where your eyes meet with that special someone. It is our item that you shyly pull your lips into to hide your smile. It is our item that you wear as you briskly walk down the sidewalk, window shopping at Christmastime. It is our item that holds the smell of the one you love after a long embrace. It is our item that you purchase for that special loved one in your life as a perfect gift. It is our item that is delicately woven into your routine each and every day. They are our memories and our legacy that you carry with you as you create your own.
That’s an awesome story. We can’t wait to see you on Saturday at Wild Goose!