Monday, March 15, 2010

Meet the Maker Monday: Moon's Creations

Moon’s Creations, who also answers to Marcy (and Mom—she’s not picky) crotchets amigurumi that fit into the palm of your hand. They’re sweeter than candy—and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Marcy’s sales are staggering and it’s not hard to see why. Check out her shop at:

Tell us about your process of making plush items.
Before I begin a piece, I always know exactly how I want it to look. Fabric is cut free-hand, because I can see every step in my head. If I'm having trouble figuring out how a piece will work, I'll do a few detailed sketches, usually just to capture the vision so I can work on it later.

What materials do you love and why?

I like acrylic yarns, although I wish they liked my hands more. I have some ugly calluses from working with stiff acrylic for so long. Acrylic makes for a firmer material that gives the bulk and shape. Wool and cotton, while more friendly towards my hands, is too soft and doesn’t sculpt up as well.

Where did you learn your skills?

My mother taught me to crochet when I was young and I made up the rest as I went along. After I’d been running my own business for a few years, I discovered I was crocheting “wrong.” My amigurumi aren’t made with traditional stitches and I hold my hook miserably. I’ve since learned how to crochet “properly,” but I still prefer my “wrong” to their “right.”

Describe your workspace.

I have an entire bedroom dedicated to my workspace. It’s poorly lit and always cold, but I need to keep my furry beasts from spreading their allergens. This is why I jokingly refer to the room as the Bunny Mines. I’m often separated from my family for a majority of the day while I work in the cold-dark, “carving out” Moon Buns.

Despite being such an unwelcoming place, the room is very organized. When I was young, I had a Berenstain Bears book about the little bears’ messy room. I was struck by their organization with labeled boxes and shelves. I have lots and lots of shelves and labeled boxes in my office.

How do you fit plush-making into the rest of your life?

Or how do I fit my life into plush-making? (lol) I don’t have much of a life outside of crocheting. At least, that’s what it feels like. I work from the moment I get up, take a break to go to work, come home and get back to crocheting until late in the evening. (Wash, Rinse and Repeat.) My weekends are spent crocheting to keep up with orders and add new items to my shop. I’ve been tempted to close down for a week to give myself a break, but I feel as if I’m wasting time if I’m not working.

Describe your dreams for new designs or projects.

My most ambitious work will be this year’s 31 Amigurumi in October series. This is a series every October, where every day of the month I release a new, never-before-seen Moon Bun. I’m really pushing myself with these new designs and I think Moon Bun collectors will enjoy them.

What advice can you give makers who dabble in plushiness?

Don’t listen to nay-sayers. When someone tries to tell you that what you’re doing is incorrect or a waste of time, just pop in your earbuds and keep working. I’ve been very blessed with family and friends who have always been there for me. They’re an awesome bunch of cheerleaders. I know a lot of people aren’t so blessed so this is me saying, “You can do it. I believe in you.”

Where else can fans of Moons Creations find you?

1 comment:

Felicia said...

I'm a self taught knitter and found out years later that I was doing it "wrong" too :) Ah, it works for me!

Can't wait to see your 31 new designs in October!

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