Meet Our Vendor: Waverly Knots
We love that macrame is back! These new modern macrame artists are helping people to see how old techniques can become modern design and seeing them hanging in restaurant windows, in shops and in homes makes our hearts swell. Say hello to Waverly Knots who will help you add some cool new design to your homes. She also offers classes!!!!
Who are you and what do you do?
I’M CHRYSTEEN AND I CREATE WALL HANGINGS AND ART USING MACRAME. I ALSO BASKET WEAVE AND MIX THAT WITH MY MACRAME TO CREATE SMALL PLANT AND AIR PLANT HANGERS. I NOT ONLY SELL MY CREATIONS, BUT ALSO TEACH WORKSHOPS AND SELL ROPE SUPPLIES.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I’VE BEEN REALLY GETTING INTO MY BASKET WEAVING AND TRYING TO PERFECT MY CRAFT. I STILL HAVE A LOT TO LEARN, BUT I ALWAYS HAVE FUN LEARNING NEW THINGS.
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
I’M JUST REALLY EXCITED TO BE DOING THE CRAFT SHOW THIS YEAR! WHAT AN HONOR
What was your first memory of making something?
I USED TO DRAW AND CROSS STITCH WHEN I WAS AROUND 8 YEARS OLD. I REMEMBER I USED TO HAVE MY MOM BUY A LOT OF THE CROSS STITCHING PATTERNS!
What is your favorite new product for 2017?
I’M LOVING MY AIR PLANT BASKET HANGERS RIGHT NOW.
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
What do you love most about craft show vending?
I LOVE MEETING OTHER MAKERS AND SUPPORTERS OF MAKERS. EVEN IF I DON’T SELL ANYTHING, I LOVE MEETING PEOPLE THAT LIKE TO DO SIMILAR WORK.
How did you get started in your business?
I LEARNED TO MACRAME AND WEAVE ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO. I PICKED IT BACK UP WHILE I WAS PREGNANT AND EVEN MORE SO WHEN I HAD THE BABY. I USED IT AS A FORM OF SELF CARE. WHEN I FELT LIKE I NEEDED TIME TO MYSELF, I STARTED TO MAKE THINGS. I WOULD POST PICTURES ON MY FACEBOOK AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY WOULD BE SOLD. IT WAS REALLY FUN, SO I JUST CONTINUED TO DO IT AND THEN STARTED TO TEACH OTHERS HOW TO DO IT. I ENJOY SHARING MY PASSION.
Is this a full-time business for you?
IN ADDITION TO BE A STAY AT HOME MOM, IT IS NOW MY FULL-TIME BUSINESS.
Where do you see your business in 3 years?
THIS IS A TOUGH ONE. I SEE MYSELF TEACHING BASKET WEAVING.
Who’s your biggest fan?
MY HUSBAND, FOR SURE! HE’S ALWAYS ROOTING FOR ME. HE ALWAYS BELIEVES IN ME, EVEN WHEN I DON’T BELIEVE IN MYSELF.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
SO MANY THINGS!!! I THINK THE BIGGEST ONE FOR ME WAS THAT I LEARNED THAT I AM CAPABLE OF MORE THAN I THINK I AM.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
I ENJOY SELLING MY MEDIUM SIZED WALL HANGINGS. MY SON AND I GO ALL THE WAY TO KINGSTON TO PICK OUT DRIFTWOOD. I ALSO PUT SO MUCH THOUGHT AND LOVE INTO EACH WALL HANGING. I’M NOT THE FASTEST AT WHAT I DO BECAUSE I REALLY DO TRY TO MAKE THEM ORIGINAL.
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
I WOULD SAY THAT THEY LOVE AND APPRECIATE THAT THEY ARE HANDMADE. MY CUSTOMERS KNOW HOW LONG IT TAKES FOR ME TO MAKE A WALL HANGING OR A BASKET AND THEY LOVE THE CRAFTSMANSHIP IN THAT. THEY EVEN LOVE THE LITTLE MISTAKES I MAKE IN THEM.
What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with one of your customers?
I WAS DOING A POP UP AT WEST ELM ONE DAY. WHEN I WAS DONE I STARTED TO PACK UP AND MAKE THE MULTIPLE TRIPS TO MY CAR. ON MY LAST TRIP TO MY CAR, A CUSTOMER CAME AND TOLD ME SHE RAN TO COME AND SEE ME BEFORE SHE MISSED ME. SHE BOUGHT A WALL HANGING. SHE WAS MY ONLY SALE THAT DAY AND IT WAS THE BEST EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD! WE COMMUNICATE OFTEN NOW AND SHE’S DESIGNING SOME OF MY PACKAGING! IT’S AMAZING HOW THAT WORKS OUT.
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