Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Beth Grim, and I am a manipulator of textiles. These days I am creating Plush toys, Soft Sculpture, and Handwarmers. I work from a generous palette of upcycled fabrics and clothing; I have stacks of all kinds, colors, and textures of textiles crowding the shelves of my studio. I design and sew a line of baby-friendly Plushies called “Pocket Sprites”, because they fit in ones pocket and are sort of cute and impish. I also create one-of-a-kind soft sculpture creatures that appeal to collectors and older kids. My most popular items are the
“Mitts for Musing” Handwarmers , which are crafted from soft, luxury-fiber upcycled sweaters. They warm the hands of toddlers, teens, women, and men and are embellished with hand-cut appliques such as leaf designs, eyes, kitty & robot faces, and skulls.
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
My exciting news for 2013 is that I’ve taken on a number of wholesale accounts, in addition to continuing to do my favorite craft shows. What that means for my customers is that my products are available in stores so they don’t have to wait for the next craft show to buy my wares. A list of Green Grin stockists can be found on my website at www.GreenGrin.yolasite.com
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
My favorite item I make is always the most recent one! The soft-sculpture pieces always take on lives of their own as I’m creating them, and I never really know who they’ll be until they are finished. Then I fall in love. I also am quite fond of the WeeKinnie Nests and Pods, because
they are so interactive and a blast to make. I crochet the Nests & Pods with colorful, textural yarns, and then felt them and fill them with small, hand-sewn WeeKinnies. Over and over again, I watch customers giggle as they slowly discover just how many WeeKinnies fit
in a Pod!
What do your customers love most about your products?
I receive a lot of compliments about my products, but I think what customers appreciate most is that my creations make them smile and feel good. My favorite part of doing craft shows is seeing the reactions on peoples faces when they come up to my table. I love it that my job makes folks happy! People are drawn in by the colors, textures, and cute li’l faces. They can’t help but touch, and once they start squeezing and playing with the toys, it’s hard to stop. Customers also tell me that they love the quality of my work, and the attention to detail.
What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with one of your customers?
My favorite experience with a customer is when a little kid gets a toy or pair of Mitts, puts them on or holds it up, and does a hopping, spinning happy dance.