Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Loye's Thread - Loye Redding


Loye's Thread is a fabulous shop on Etsy operated by Loye Redding where she offers her hand crocheted tops, cardigans, halters, scarves and accessories. Her grandmother started teaching Loye to crochet when she was just 8 years old and living on her family’s farm in Nebraska. Loye fondly recounts the long winter evenings her grandmother would sit in her rocker and crochet. Although she crocheted for many years, as her career in the financial industry took off, Loye no longer had time for her hooks and yarn.
After facing a mini stroke in 2004 and cancer in 2008 Loye was unable to continue with her career path so she once again picked up her crochet hooks. Within a year she created such an inventory she began selling her work at local craft fairs. By 2010 Loye was exclusively making women’s garments and began selling at a local farmers market. Her gorgeous creations were a huge success and she nearly sold out her entire inventory.
In February 2011 Loye started her Etsy shop. Her first orders were special requests, which was a thrill. As the local farmers market opened, Loye continued to sell her wares. Each week more and more people stop by to see her new creations. It wasn’t long before Loye had a real following! With the summer months depleting Loye’s inventory the autumn was spent restocking her Etsy shop with great success, especially around the holidays.
“After illness and forced retirement, selling my handmade items gives me a much needed sense of accomplishment and pride.” Living in a rather remote location in the mountains of Colorado, Loye has plenty of time in the winter to fill with crocheting. “I am moving more and more into original and one of a kind design work. My goal for 2012 is to grow my Etsy shop by increasing sales and custom fitting one of a kind original designs.”
These are a few of Loye's most recent custom creations listed in her shop on Etsy:


“After illness and forced retirement, selling myhandmade items gives me a much needed sense of accomplishment and pride.” Living in a rather remote location in the mountains of Colorado, Loye has plenty of time in the winter to fill with crocheting. “I am moving more and more into original and one of a kind design work. My goal for 2012 is to grow my Etsy shop by increasing sales and custom fitting one of a kind original designs.”


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