Crafting has been with me since I was a kid. After lunch at my grandmother’s house was when she would sit on the edge of her bed and make, mend or alter a little something with a needle and thread. Showing me how to imagine a little change and how to make it happen.

Since then I have been fortunate enough to pursue and learn so many skills and interests  from so many people, taking me to so many new places. Whether it’s knitting, crocheting, spinning, sewing or giving how to dye a try, to play with clay, to rollerskate… the list continues… it’s about keeping heart, mind and hands connected. Carving out time to try something new drives me forward and I learn so much more than the intended skill.

I am so grateful to be a small part of the workroom. It is a hub of creativity and imagination everyday. Seeing the shop through each maker’s eyes keeps it all  fresh… the workroom is like a potluck where everyone is invited to make something and show ‘n’ tell is such a fabulous surprise. It is humbling and enlightening to witness and learn something new from so many people each day I am in the shop.

Most projects I make often have some (self imposed) challenges. I usually veer away from the pattern with some alteration or another, get frustrated and eventually figure out a solution (through trial and error and consultation) that makes me even more thrilled with the outcome.

As long as I’m discovering… that is my favourite way to make. My dream is to keep it this way.

Have fun, roll with it, go further.


September 11, 2019 — Karyn Valino