Threadmill

Dottie from Threadmill created the shop as an offshoot of her first store CreativeHook.etsy.com. CreativeHook is a venue for hats, scarves, mittens, and other winter gear, and Threadmill sells items more geared to summertime.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Two summers ago, on July 4th I was bitten by a copperhead snake. Two weeks after that I broke my wrist while painting the bathroom. I did a lot of "chair time". So as part of my physical therapy for my wrist when the cast came off, I started crocheting. I had learned to crochet from my grandmother at a very early age, and revisited it various times in my life. This time I have not been able to stop making things from yarn. It's an unexplainable love, and perhaps the only thing that I have limitless patience with.

I teach art to kindergarten thru 8th grade. I see crochet as an extension of my art. Crochet is, quite simply, yarn sculpture. I get the same sort of "creative surge" when I have yarn and a hook in hand as when I'm holding a paintbrush.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I would have to say creating things in yarn. Crocheting gives me such peace. Yarn is my Prozac. I feel my blood pressure lower when I walk into a yarn shop or dig into my yarn stash.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Promoting. It's the dullest, but most necessary part of keeping things afloat.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
This hat! If it doesn't sell before my husband and I go on vacation to the beach this year, it WILL be mine!

And this bag is so fine! I splurged on some really wonderful cotton mercerized yarn for this creation. The drape is so beautiful.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I always knew I'd be an artist. Now I teach art, and I make art, and crocheting keeps me sane.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
LostRiverRags.etsy.com
AdornedAnkle.etsy.com
MonkeyThreads.etsy.com
themiscellany.etsy.com
That's just a start! I could go on and on!

What does your future hold?
Hopefully, lots and lots of yarn in all textures and colors.... and, of course, lots of Etsy sales to support my rampant yarn addiction.