How beautiful is that scarf? I originally wanted to add is to my Wish List until I found out how much love was actually put into these Arc Apparel designs by my friend Ashley and her fiancé Anthony that I knew they needed a dedicated post.
I asked Ash (who was my very first friend and University by the way) to give me her story to share:
I basically just decided to teach myself how to crochet off of YouTube a couple months ago to try something new. I’ve always enjoyed playing around with creativity, and thought crocheting would be a fun way to pass time. I didn’t have any intention of designing or selling any of my pieces, but to simply start a hobby and create attire that I’d like to wear. While creating scarves, I chose to work with colours, materials and accents that represent Vancouver Island and the outdoors. I had troubles finding unique buttons in stores, so I asked Anthony to help me make some! So he sawed down the (Douglas Fir, Alder, Arbutus) trees for me, cut them, drilled holes, and we sanded and stained them. I think the buttons are what sets my scarfs aside from others, because every button is different and has a unique design/bark to it. Like I had mentioned, I didn’t intend on selling anything, but just to make items for myself, family and friends as gifts. Every time I wore one of my scarves out I would receive compliments and i’d get asked where to buy them. I am always surprised and very happy when people give me positive feedback, and it’s greatly appreciated. I decided to start selling them largely because of all the feedback, but was also encouraged to do so to help me save up for school (that starts in January) and my wedding (April 25th). All the earnings I make from my Etsy account go in to a separate bank account that is specifically for school/wedding expenses.
Way to go Ash – this is all too impressive! It’s so important to set goals and at the end of the day be so passionate about what you do. These designs live and breath the West Coast (I can’t believe even the buttons are hand made!).
As for future goals Ash hopes to continue making designs throughout the year to help support her through school and her wedding (as mentioned above). Ideally, she would like to start selling her apparel to clothing stores such as Sitka and local shops to build her customer base through Etsy.
Photo Credit @ Simply B Images