Today we’d like to introduce you to Tracie Terneus.
Hi Tracie, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I learned to crochet as a young person and picked it back up as an adult. At the time, I was dealing with anxiety, and crochet gave me a sense of calm. Learning to read patterns, learning new stitches and the endless counting involved kept my mind focused on the present. I started as many people do, making scarves and hats. I made an octopus with some super huggable yarn on a whim for a baby shower gift. From that point on, I only crocheted stuffed animals or Amigurumi. My daughter, Jessica, joined me in the making, and we became a team selling at craft fairs about 5 years ago. We branched out in 2019 and were vendors at 2 different brick-and-mortar boutiques. Once the pandemic began, our markets were shut down. Fortunately, I found a local outdoor market at Wildberry Farm that remained open. We sell exclusively at Wildberry now and vend there 4 times a year. We take custom orders through our Facebook page, Octopied Crochet.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Every new venture has a learning curve. I turned to Crochetpreneur.com and got all the guidance necessary to run a successful crochet business.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
We work in a crochet art called Amigurumi, or crocheting miniature figures. Jessica and I specialize in sea creatures but also make a menagerie of other animals. We typically use patterns from other designers to bring our customers items that can have sentimental meaning or bring a smile daily. Our mission is to make hearts happy, and I think we will succeed in that endeavor. One customer asked for a turtle because of her late mother’s nickname. Another asked us to make a gopher because her father had passed and said he would return as a gopher. We have found that many people have a story to tell, and many just say, “I have to have this because it makes me smile!”
- Instagram: @octopiedcrochet
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/octopiedcrochet