I’m thrilled to kick off my second annual Hispanic Heritage Month interview series today with Karla Sandoval, a Mexican crochet designer.
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Underground Crafter (UC): How did you learn to crochet?
Karla: I learned about seven years ago, mostly from watching videos on the internet.
UC: What inspired you to start designing?
Karla: Many times I had a particular idea of what I wanted to make, and I never could find a pattern for it, so I started designing my own, and after that I began to write them down.
UC: Most of your patterns are for home decor items. What appeals to you about crocheting for the home?
Karla: I like the idea of creating something that is going to be eco friendly, durable, and less expensive than store bought items.
UC: All of your current patterns are self-published. What do you enjoy about being a self-published designer? What are some of the challenges?
Karla: Well, what I enjoy is that I don´t have a deadline to come up with more patterns, I design only when I have time.
And the challenges I would say, are getting noticed and promoting my own work.
UC: You’ve had success in selling patterns on Etsy. What tips do you have for a new Etsy seller?
Karla: Work very hard on your pictures, that is the first thing that a potential buyer will notice.
Promote your shop via Facebook, Twitter or your blog.
Be patient. Sometimes it takes a couple of months to get that first sale.
UC: Tell us about the yarn crafts scene in Mexico. How important were the yarn crafts during your childhood?
Karla: I always saw ladies here in Mexico crocheting or knitting as a hobby.
My grandma is an avid crocheter, and she also likes doing embroidery. I think she is the one that inspired me to get into crafts. First I started making clothes for my dolls, then I took sewing classes for three years, and in 2006 I learned to crochet.
Now I’m enjoying knitting too, it is very relaxing.
I love the fact that more people are interested in the art of crochet, it was becoming a lost craft and thanks to the internet it has become more accessible to learn and practice.
UC: Does your cultural background influence your crafting? If so, how?
Karla: Yes it does, it inspires me to create handmade items that are practical, useful and colorful.
UC: Do you have any favorite Spanish or English language crochet or craft blogs to share?
Karla: Well, Crochet Spot is more of a website that helped me a lot when I was first learning to crochet, it has a lot of tutorials.
UC: What’s next for you?
Karla: Right now I am getting more and more into knitting, I want to keep learning so in the near future I can publish knitting patterns too.
Thanks so much for stopping by for an interview, Karla!