MEET THE MAKERS: Expressing fun with crochet through Ewe Made New - Saltwire

Summary

It all began because Laura Myers’ aunt knew that she crocheted. From that moment, 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 is until she learned to crochet.

It all began because Laura Myers’ aunt knew that she crocheted. From that moment, 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 is until she learned to crochet.

Myers remembers the moment.

She was sitting in her living room in Cape Breton and decided she wanted to learn to crochet. So, she went to Walmart, got some yarn and a book and then watched some YouTube videos.

“I just watched one over and over again, pausing and rewinding until I got it,” says Myers.

She also taught herself to knit the same way a few years later.

Once she had perfected the art of crocheting, her aunt found out about her talent. Myers was asked to crochet some stuffed animals for her cousin. From there, she later began selling more of these animals locally in Cape Breton by word of mouth and on her Facebook page.

Laura Myers created Ewe Made New after learning how to crochet by going to Walmart to buy yarn and a book and watching YouTube videos. She has been selling on Etsy for seven years. Contributed - Contributed

“It took off really fast,” she says.

Myers put her creations on Etsy and has been selling on that platform for the past seven years. She operates under Ewe Made New and primarily focuses on making baby photo costumes and amigurumi - crochet stuffed animals and dolls.

“I pour my heart and soul into everything and won’t sell something I don’t think looks just right. If I wouldn’t buy it, I won’t sell it,” she says.

Myers says right now, out of everything she makes, her most popular item is the old lady wig that comes in sizes from babies to adults. People love buying them for their kids, she says.

As for what to make next, Myers says that depends on what pattern she sees. It has to speak to me, as I can’t make things if I don’t feel like making them. I guess it’s whatever my mood is, she says. Generally, her ideas come from different pictures and patterns she finds online on Etsy or Instagram.

Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, holds a crocheted likeness of himself that Laura Myers made. Contributed - Contributed

Often, she makes custom orders. Myers says she likes these orders the best because they get her out of her comfort zone and give her something new to create.

Myers has sold her creations to people worldwide, from New Zealand to Alaska. And she has had a few brushes with fame.

First, she made a Dr. Strang doll and sent it to the province’s chief medical officer of health. He sent her a thank you with a picture of him holding the doll.

Then, another one of her animals became a tv star.

Laura Myers said her most popular item is the old lady wig that comes in sizes from babies to adults. People love buying them for their kids. Contributed - Contributed

Myers recounts that she had 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 make.

It sold soon after and Myers received a message saying that the lion could potentially be used in a TV show, and they needed some information on it and her. The lion was heading to Toronto, so she didn’t think anything more of it and didn’t hear anything f om it.

Laura Myers has sold her creations to people worldwide, from New Zealand to Alaska. And she has had a few brushes with fame. Contributed - Contributed

“The next thing I know, I’m watching a very popular TV show, The Handmaid’s Tale, and there was my lion. I had no idea that it was going to be used in that show and was so surprised!” she says.

For five years, Myers made and sold her creations full-time but found she was getting to a point where she wanted to get out and meet new people. So, she got a job outside the house and now creates part-time.

Anyone interested in viewing or purchasing from Ewe Made New can visit ewemadenew.etsy.com. - Contributed

As for the future, Myers says she is just taking it as it comes.

“I’m enjoying this season in my life where it’s more of a hobby job that picks up to being super busy around Halloween,” she says.

She is open, however, to whatever comes her way creatively. Recently, she’s tried her hand at macrame and thinks she may go down that road for a bit, but only time will tell.

MEET THE MAKERS: Expressing fun with crochet through Ewe Made New - Saltwire
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