It’s time for another installment Behind the Skeins and this time with Bella of Three Fates Creations! In this interview style segment of this blog, we chat with other crochet business owners to get a little look in on their life. I love getting to know other crochet designers and makers, and I love sharing what I learn with all of you!
Today we are chatting with Bella of Three Fates Creations. Chatting with Bella for this interview has been such a pleasure. I can’t thank her enough for taking the time to do this with me and for offering a little gift to my people! Make sure to read through to the end to see what she is offering.
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Bella has such lovely designs that somehow always remind me of home. Not that they’re always home decor, but she certainly has a way to speak to the part of my brain that registers nostalgia for home. I especially love her dainty earrings. They’re gorgeous!
Let’s kick off this Behind the Skeins interview so you can find out all of the reasons I love having Bella in my circle and why you should, too.
…If I’m not enjoying what I’m doing, then there’s no point.
Hi Bella! Let’s start this Behind the Skeins interview off easy – Tell me a little bit about who you are as a person, not as just a crocheter/crochet designer.
“I am a wife and a mother of 3 of the greatest children you could hope for. I of course love yarn crafts, but I also am a stationary/planner nerd, as well. I also enjoy books, music and the occasional binging of Netflix, when I have the time. “
When did you learn to crochet? Did someone teach you or are you self-taught?
“I taught myself to crochet when I was pregnant with my oldest child around 16 years ago, and I have been hooked ever since. I borrowed as many books as I could find at my library, because at the time YouTube wasn’t what it is today. At first, I only made easy shapes, like blankets and scarfs, but it wasn’t satisfying. So, I taught myself the more advanced aspects, and I’m so glad that I did.“
Are you a righty or a lefty?
What inspired your business name?
“My children combined with my love of mythology. I knew I wanted to incorporate the number 3 in some way because I have three kids. So, it just kind of fell in place from there.“
When did you start your blog? What do you offer?
“I started my blog 2 years ago, but I didn’t really start publishing my patterns until the next year. Last year I had more free time, as many of us did. I offer mainly patterns for women, but I plan to start branching out more this year. “
When did you decide to change from crocheting for fun to crocheting as a business? What inspired you?
“I came to a point to where I was altering every pattern I was working on, or I would just go my own way when I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. And, I am one of those people that always think ‘I can make that myself.’ I was taking notes about everything I was making, but my inner critique kept me from publishing any of them. Eventually, I just pushed myself to do it and ignore the fear. This is a craft where we are constantly learning and growing, and if I continued to wait until I was an ‘expert’, it wasn’t going to happen.“
What style or level of knowledge do you specialize in?
“‘When it comes to my personal style, what I like switches with my mood. I have been told that I need to pick a specific style or a specific type of pattern, but I feel like if I’m not enjoying what I am doing then there is no point. I really love vintage items and making lacy patterns, though. And, I really love sweaters and cardigans, although I have not published any of those yet. “
What makes you happiest in terms of your business?
“I love being able to share this craft with others, who love it just as much. It feels so great when someone compliments your pattern or thanks you for sharing them.”
Do you have a certain stitch that crops up in your designs more than others? A favorite stitch?
” My stitch patterns are definitely mood based, just like my patterns, but I really love working the double crochet. It is an easy stitch that works up fairly quick and I love how the fabric looks with most yarns. I love lacy stitch patterns, and even double crochets can look lacy depending on your yarn and hook.“
I love being able to share this craft with others who love it just as much.
Which yarn and hooks are your favorites?
“I am absolutely addicted to Madelinetosh yarns. I love their gorgeous colorways and they have a really good selection of bases, but it is pricy. I also really like Red Heart Soft. It is soft and had good drape, and is a good yarn for almost any type of pattern. My favorite hooks are, hands down, Furls Odyssey. I use them more than any other hooks and they really do help alleviate my wrist pain. I ,also, really love their Streamlines, which are less expensive. They are pretty similar but the Streamlines are lighter, and I feel like the Odyssey’s smaller hooks are sturdier.”
Is there anyone special who inspires you, not just with crochet but perhaps in style or imagination?
“The designers, Robyn Chachula and Vickie Howell, have both been inspirations to me. When I was learning to crochet, I found Vickie Howell. I loved her edgier style, and it has continued to inspire me. And, Robyn Chachula’s methods are amazing and have definitely pushed me to try unconventional ways of crocheting.“
Are you an online yarn purchaser or do you prefer to purchase your yarn in store?
“I do both, but honestly I prefer purchasing in a store because I like to be able to see, smell and feel the yarn. I have had purchases online that I hated because either the color looked different, the texture was different than I thought or it had a strong smell. But, online shopping definitely gives you a better selection.”
Do you have a stash you like to work from or do you prefer to purchase yarn as a project presents itself?
“I have a stash, and I say all the time that I am going to work through my stash before purchasing more. But, then Michael’s has a sale or I see something online that gives me an idea, and I buy more.”
What’s one challenge you’ve had in crocheting and how did you overcome it?
“Being overly critical of myself has been a major challenge. It is hard to quiet your inner critic I just had to jump in without letting myself think too much about it because I would have given myself a million reasons not to..“
Which of your patterns would you say is your fan favorite?
Side note: I made her Omatra Square as a part of the Friendship Blanket CAL and it’s amazing!
Which of your patterns is YOUR favorite?
“Probably, The Bulky Ribbed Cowl is my favorite, which is funny because it is one of my oldest patterns. But, it works up quickly and looks cute with almost anything. I still wear it during the cold months.“
Do you take your crochet WIPs with you when you travel or do you give yourself a break?
“I take them with me everywhere, no matter where I am going, even to appointments. I don’t always get to work on them but, I like to bring them just in case. “
Are there any patterns from other designers you love?
“I love supporting other designers by purchasing their patterns when I can. Some of my favorites are Lorene Haythorn Eppolite’s (Cre8tion Crochet) The Hepburn Sweater dress, Jennifer Pionk’s ( A Crocheted Simplicity) Women’s Houndstooth Jacket and Courtney Whitehead’s (Creations By Courtney) Stepping Out Cover Up. I really could go on and on. There are so many talented designers out there.“
What do you like to do while you crochet? (TV in background, read, podcasts, etc)
“Sometimes I listen to Audible, but not that often because I prefer to actually read my books and I can’t crochet while holding a book. I love watching TV while I crochet. Or,as my husband would say, ‘listening to the tv’.“
What advice would you give to a brand new crocheter? Any tips?
“Don’t give up. Learning to crochet can be frustrating. The first thing I ever made was a simple single crochet baby blanket and I did the entire thing in slip stitch. It was just as uneven as it could be. Also, take the time to learn abbreviations and read through the entire pattern before starting. It will help you understand the construction of the pattern. Also, gauge is almost always important. I know we all want to get straight to the pattern, but it really does save headaches later on.“
Don’t give up.
Where is your favorite place to crochet?
“Usually, on the couch watching something on Netflix.“
What other hobbies do you have that bring you joy?
“I also love to knit, am a total stationary nerd, and brush lettering. But, my brush lettering needs some work.“
Any exciting things coming up in your business? Or going on now?
“I just recently published The Misty Cloche, and I am hoping to design more vintage inspired patterns. I am planning on releasing more garment patterns this year, but I am also wanting to publish more stitch tutorials.”
If you had to tell your past self one thing, what would it be?
“To stop being so hard on myself for making mistakes.“
I’d love to give a BIG “thank you!” to Bella for taking the time out of her busy schedule to chat with me for this Behind the Skeins interview. I’ve really enjoyed chatting with her and getting to know more about her and her business and learning about her being a stationary nerd! Who doesn’t love a good stationary!?
One of my favorite things about the crochet community is that you aren’t competing or working against the other designers or makers. We are all here in this together and I have never been a part of a better community. It is always such a joy to get to know the other designers a little more intimately and I hope you enjoyed learning more about Bella today.
Did you learn something exciting about Bella today? Let us know in the comments!
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