Stacey Trock is a hugely popular crochet designer, known for her bright and cheery creations under the banner FreshStitches. â€œI started FreshStitches in 2008 when I finished school,â€ says Stacey. â€œI thought, â€˜hmmâ€¦ what do I really like doing?â€™ Iâ€™ve always loved crocheting and stuffed animals, and Iâ€™m a personality thatâ€™s well suited for running a business. So I decided to give it a try, and Iâ€™ve never looked back!â€
Stacey has been crocheting since she was five years old, when she was taught by her mother. â€œAs a pre-teen, I discovered that there were crochet books out there... and
that you could learn from them! Iâ€™ve been experimenting, inventing and learning ever since.â€ With a fresh, recognisable design aesthetic, Stacey is â€œinspired by cute! When Iâ€™m browsing around in stores or online, I always find myself gravitating to adorableness: whether itâ€™s illustration, a Japanese t-shirt, stuffed animal or anything else! And when it comes to designing a pattern, Iâ€™m also intently focused on the ease of the written instructions for the customer.â€
Staceyâ€™s business now encompasses amigurumi patterns, kits, books (Cuddly Crochet, Crocheted Softies and Modern Baby Crochet) and her popular kit club. â€œWhen folks sign up for my Kit Club, they receive an exclusive FreshStitches kit in the mail every other month,â€ Stacey explains. â€œIt contains yarn, a printed pattern, eyes and a goodieâ€¦ itâ€™s a really fun bundle! Sometimes the kit contains a brand new pattern, other times, an instruction on a new technique. Once the kits are shipped, the members post their progress in the Ravelry group â€“ itâ€™s like being part of a CAL where the materials come to you! The club has grown larger than my wildest expectations â€“ and it now takes me over two weeks to wind, package and ship the materials. But I love it!â€ Six years on, Stacey is still enjoying the challenges of running her own business and making a living through design. â€œI love the creative freedom and doing all of the different bits. Iâ€™ve learned a lot about photography, graphic design, marketing and more â€“ because I do that all myself. Of course, I also get to play with lots of yarn! I have complete control over my schedule, which is fantastic. If I need more time off (for times when I have
family visiting or am away teaching), I can take on fewer projects. Itâ€™s a flexibility thatâ€™s rare in most jobs.â€ Stacey lives in Minneapolis, USA with her husband and is expecting a baby in January. â€œThe thing I love about my job is that I can do it anywhereâ€¦ Business is going amazingly well, I enjoy what I do every day, and I just want it to keep going on like that!â€
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