Please let me introduce you to one of our many makers coming to the Pop Up Crafty Mart at Howe Meadow Farmers' Market on Saturday, August 8th.  This is just one in a series of Vendor Spotlights where we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do.  The following profile is Theresa from Thread+Love's response to a mini-questionnaire.


1). What's your name and what is it that you make?

I'm Theresa Morrow from Thread+Love and I make handcrafted rag dolls and animals using natural and upcycled materials like wool, linen and cotton.


2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?

Like so many others, I acquired my love for sewing and crafting from the matriarchs in my family. My mom was the one who taught me to sew. I can remember her making clothes for us when my siblings and I were little. And we worked together to make my dress for Junior prom, my first major project was that lavender satin dress. Looking back, I probably should've started with something a little easier, but nothing builds a sewist's confidence like creating something beautiful. Then when I became a mom I came back to my love of sewing. I wanted my children to have toys that were one of a kind made with natural materials, so I started making them myself. My business really grew from there. 


3).  What is your best seller?

My large wool-stuffed rag dolls are my best seller. Each one is unique with different fabric combinations and details.


4).  How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?

I am somewhat new to vending. Last summer I dipped my toes in, sharing a booth with a good friend of mine at the Haymaker Farmer's Market in Kent a few times over the summer and winter. Then, this April I had the opportunity to participate in my first Crafty Mart show, what an amazing group of artists to share a space with. I am completely hooked now!


5). The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?

That's tough, but if I have to choose one I'd say the Beatles! When I was a kid I always wanted to go back to the 60's so I could be part of the amazing music scene. I remember listening to the Beatles in high school when everyone else was listening to Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears.

What fun! Thanks Theresa for answering our questions and coming to the Pop Up Crafty Mart at Howe Meadow Farmers' Market.  We'll see everyone on Saturday, August 8th, from 9am-12pm at Howe Meadow in the Cuyahoga Valley.