Today we chat with Maggi from Just a Lil'Corgi on Etsy
Maggie where are you from and where do you live?
"I am from Hobart. I now live in the town of Triabunna, on the east coast of Tasmania. It is a small fishing town that is the gateway to Maria Island."
How did you come up with the name for your business?
"I have a fur child named Ein. She sheds a lot. I wanted to know if I had to put the 0.01% of corgi fluff that may or may not be in my sewing or spinning. My friends, suggested that I call it Just a little corgi, and if people wanted more corgi fluff they could ask."
What are your passions and interests?
"I am very passionate about nature and reusing and repurposing what we have into other things. I love the old crafts of spinning and weaving and making my own things out of what I have."
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your product.
"Since I love to knit. I started to make stitch markers for myself. I love Dr Who (BBC Show) so I made myself some markers. Someone saw them and so my stitch marker business was formed."
Maggie how long have you been an Etsy seller?
"I have had this Etsy shop since 2015."
What inspired you to begin creating?
"I have been creating some form of artwork or craft since I was in high school. That was back in the late seventies. I made things from clothing to dolls and bears. All kinds of craft items and sewn items. I was inspired to create by my Mother. She was a painter, and sewer. She could do tailoring and millinery items that looked better then store bought. I have many happy memories of taking her scraps to adorn my dolls and stuffed animals."
Can you give us a brief idea of your creative process?
"For most of my upcycled ideas I begin with a trip to most op shops or yard sales. I have a general idea of what colours I want to use to create an item. For my stitch markers I use broken jewellery for the unique beads and pair them with the silver charms that I source from other Etsy sellers. For the weaving and spinning I both source local fleece and processed and dyed fibre from Australian and Tasmanian sellers. There is never the same shawl or scarf, all my weaving is bespoke."
Where do you want to see your business in the future?
"I would love to be able to create my unique markers and have them pay for a small homestead. I do go back to the USA often and I would love to bring my items to knitters and those who love upcycled products around the world in person, in addition to online selling."
What do you like about being an Etsy seller?
"I love how I can fill the niche market for the stitch markers that help different knitters express their fandom of movies, books, and fairy tales."
Where do you work on your pieces?
"I usually work on my pieces either at a table on my front porch, or in the living room on same table, I would love to have my own she-shed to do this so I do not have to pick up after each project. "
Thank you so much for chatting with us Maggie. Where can buyers find your products?
"They can find me in my Etsy shop."
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