It all started because Laura Myers’ aunt knew she crocheted. From that point on, Myers’ plan was stitched together.
As a high school student, the Yarmouth woman says she used to cross stitch, but it never really took off with anything. That’s until she learns to crochet.
Myers remembers the moment.
She was sitting in her living room in Cape Breton and decided she wanted to learn how to crochet. So she went to Walmart, bought yarn and a book, then watched YouTube videos.
“I just watched one over and over, pausing and rewinding until I got it,” says Myers.
She also learned to knit the same way a few years later.
Once she perfected the art of crochet, her aunt discovered her talent. Myers was asked to crochet stuffed animals for her cousin. From there, she then began selling more of these animals locally in Cape Breton through word of mouth and on her Facebook page.
“It took off very quickly,” she says.
Myers has put her designs on Etsy and has been selling there for seven years. It operates under Ewe Made New and mainly focuses on making baby photo costumes and amigurumi – crocheted soft toys and dolls.
“I put my heart and soul into everything and I won’t sell something that I don’t think looks right. If I don’t buy it, I won’t sell it,” she says.
Myers says that right now, of all the things she makes, her most popular item is the old lady’s wig which comes in sizes ranging from babies to adults. People love buying them for their kids, she says.
As for what to do next, Myers says it depends on the pattern she’s seeing. It has to speak to me, because I can’t do things if I don’t want to do them. I guess it depends on my mood, she said. Usually, her ideas come from different images and designs she finds online on Etsy or Instagram.
Often she does custom orders. Myers says she prefers these commands because they take her out of her comfort zone and give her something new to create.
Myers has sold his designs to people all over the world, from New Zealand to Alaska. And she’s had some celebrity dealings.
She first made a doll of Dr. Strang and sent it to the province’s chief medical officer. He sent her a thank you with a picture of him holding the doll.
Then, another of his animals became a television star.
Myers says she crocheted a stuffed lion and put it on her Etsy site. At the time, she said it would be the only one because it was difficult to perform.
It sold out soon after, and Myers got a message that the lion could potentially be used in a TV show, and they needed information on him and her. The lion was heading towards Toronto, so she forgot about it and heard nothing about it.
“Next thing I know, I’m watching a really popular TV show, The Handmaid’s Tale, and there was my lion. I had no idea he was going to be used in that show and I was so surprised !” she says.
For five years, Myers made and sold her designs full time, but found she was getting to a point where she wanted to get out and meet new people. So she found a job outside the home and now creates part-time.
As for the future, Myers says she takes it as it comes.
“I enjoy this season of my life where it’s more of a hobby job that gets really busy around Halloween,” she says.
She is open, however, to anything that comes her way creatively. Recently, she tried her hand at macrame and thinks she could go down that road a bit, but only time will tell.