As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Laura has generously provided this pincushion for one Sew Weekly reader to win! Instructions on how to win it can be found at the bottom of this post.
Name: Laura Reno
Shop name: Flutterbys and Flowers!
Location: St. Louis
How long on Etsy: Since 2008
Who (or what) is an inspiration for your pincushions?
My great grandmother had an old crocheted pincushion that I inherited. Actually, I still have it tucked away safe. I think those old pincushions said a lot about the people who made them. Each one was unique and made with lots of love. They also speak to me about an era that is gone that I truly miss! I only had a small glimpse of it from her and from vintage items and movies. But what a time it must have been when the order of the day for a woman was caring for her family, making her own butter and soap, sewing clothing, and mending holes in socks!
How did you start making them? Selling on etsy?
I remember stumbling upon Etsy a long time ago. Within a few months I had to open a shop because I loved it so much. I opened my store in 2008. It just slowly grew over the course of a year. The more I played around with creating things, the more my store grew. It really started out as something fun to do with my spare time. I would have never guessed that it would have blossomed this far.
Do you sew for yourself?
Yes, my Great Grandmother taught me. She sewed all of my mother's clothing. I used to make clothes for my Barbie Doll on her old, old sewing machine when I was 10.
Any new projects you want to tackle?
I am moving into sewing vintage coats, knitting, and crocheting. I am working on an appliquéd shawl at the moment…..ambitious huh?
Your own favorite etsy purchase ever:
Definitely a gorgeous vintage brown leather Grace Kelly purse. Wow what style they had back then!
What do you love making most?
Patterns! I love making these because they give others the chance to enjoy making things as much as I do.
Why do you craft?
I love to craft because it fills my creative needs. I have always needed to work on something with my hands and mind. Crafting enables me to do that with limitless possibilities. I have a very busy life outside of my store and crafting. Being able to take time out to create things is my way of relaxing.
Want to win this pincushion? You just have to answer the following question:
Do you have any family heirlooms that are particularly meaningful to you?
Each giveaway is open for twenty-four hours from the time of posting. Please only post one comment in each thread. Winners will be announced each Monday in April. Winners can only win once but are encouraged to answer all the questions!