Today we’d like to introduce you to Freddie Mccrea.
Hi Freddie, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
At seven years old I was taught by my grandmother to crochet for stress relief. As the years went on, I took the teachings and developed this newfound craft in which I love… When in high school I found happiness in being a male crocheter because that was unheard of at the time. It held a social stigma that this was a female activity and not a masculine act. Though my friends may not have liked my activity down the line they became my best customers. Crocheting helps my stress relief and my outlet for creativity. During my high school years, I started my crochet business first called crochet couture, selling book bags, hats and scarves. This lasted until college. Once college was done for me, I found my passion again through becoming a certified nursing assistance working with my elderly patients. Seeing a few of my patients crocheting and knitting made me bring out my craft and crochet with them. During this time, I perfected my craft and went running towards a different type of future. Restarting my crochet business, I knew I needed a new name and through some conversation with my grandmother the new name became Forever Ready Crochet! Now being in business for the last 4 years I feel very accomplished but always striving for more.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My obstacles with crocheting was my Peripheral Neuropathy which is a nerve pain disorder of the hands. With this new health condition caused by my type 1 diabetes it made me have to find new ways of controlling the pain to perform my artistry. As I found my way through that the business side of the crochet threw me for a loop, reverting back to my education I had to use a lot of what I learned in college and what I taught myself and learn the business modules I needed.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I have crocheted for many fashion shows some of which I was asked to be a part of and others that I put on myself through my not-for-profit organization Black WallStreet Restored LLC. or B.W.S.R. I have crocheted dresses for weddings and dresses for Gala’s. Sold bulk orders to boutiques and other starting businesses. Always selling my clothing in I Saw Visions Art and Cultural Boutique at 60 N York rd. willow grove. Building this company from ground up has been a dream and I’m still building. now in the process of starting new crochet classes online and in person.
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