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Rising Stars: Meet Dee Taylor of Glen Burnie

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dee Taylor.

Hi Dee, 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?
How did I get started with crocheting? It was inevitable really! I’ve been a crafter my whole life as it’s literally in my blood. My grandmother was the definition of a creative and everything in her home included her personal touch. So I grew up wanting to do the same. Any chance to paint, sew, construct, design, and personalize, I was all about it. Oddly enough though, even though my mother, grandmother, and many relatives crocheted, I didn’t get into it until around 2014 when I was looking for something to do during my commute on the light rail. I’m a “use all of my hours” kind of person and was looking for something productive and challenging to fill my time other than candy crush. Haha, So I learned through YouTube University and have been crocheting nearly every day since.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Not at all! I spent my first few years crocheting and teaching for free and purely for fun! It was such a beautiful outlet that allowed me to feed my crafting habit while concurrently blessing those around me. It was actually friends and family that encouraged me to make it a real business and share my work with the world because I was content with what I was doing. I also didn’t want THYS crochet thing I had grown to love to become a chore and something I no longer enjoyed. I eventually moved forward with starting a business, however, after realizing that I had the power to decide what my business looked like. A friend and I were fellowshipping (who was also working on building her business) and the lightbulb came on through our discussion that WE got to decide what OUR business looked like for US and that gave me the freedom and courage to step out on faith with THYS endeavor. Since then, it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows in these business streets but it’s all been rewarding. I had to figure out the process for real. How to get an LLC, open a business account, get a website going, and whew child, setting prices! It’s all been so much and the learning curve is real but again, rewarding. Although I’m still learning what I’m doing business-wise, I can rest in knowing that when people order with me or take one of my classes, they are genuinely getting me- the crocheting, skating, gardener, mother who just wants to share her craft with whoever wants to learn or receive anything crochet!

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
The biggest thing to know is that I take my work very seriously and an abundance of time, patience, and love goes into everything I create. Crocheting is often viewed as a past-time for those in retirement but for me, and many of my fellow crochet/fiber artists, it is genuinely a labor of love that does a lot of wear and tear on us. Factories are able to crank out products at a rapid speed but we’re doing these things by hand. So a dress made by a machine may take 30 minutes where it could take 8-10 hours for a crochet artist. That’s also why it’s awesome though! When you order from me, you’re getting a one of a kind piece. Even if I’m making something I’ve made before, there will always be a unique touch to that particular piece because again, it is all made by hand. My specialty is crochet portraits but I have challenged myself to learn to create just about anything that comes through my inbox. I’m a lifelong learner as well so even if it is not something I’m currently offering under custom requests, it will always be something that I can teach! So as crocheting continues to evolve, I am intentional about evolving with it! Also, the same time and patience that goes into my work carries overs to my instruction-style. Classes are available for new and advanced crocheters and as a certified special educator, I’ve been able to modify teaching methods for individuals who have trouble with fine motor tasks due to arthritis, prior injuries, or other impairments. I’ve had students as young as 3 and as wise as 90. I’ve also worked with crochet artists in standard classroom settings and more unique locations such as mid-flight, on the lightrail or at the beach. In a nutshell, I genuinely enjoy the work that I do and pray, whether you take a class or make a custom request, that you enjoy it too!

What matters most to you? Why?
THYS is the easiest question! Haha, What matters most to me is honoring God, my family, and my friends in everything I do. That’s it. That’s the whole answer.

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Elliot Clanton & Jenile Productions.

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