Elisabeth’s crochet patterns for women are so beautiful. I came across Elisabeth’s profile when I was browsing the #pocdesignersandmakers hashtag and instantly connected with her. I find her style very unique and I also appreciate that she is an honest and open maker who shares posts about real life making.
You can read the interview below as a Q&A format or scroll to the bottom to watch the recording of the Live. Trust me, you’ll want to watch the Live, it was so much fun!
1. Tell me a little bit about yourself and your business.
Hello. I’m 29 years old and the soul and heart behind Desamour Designs (Pronounced /deI.za.muʁ/). I learned to crochet in elementary school growing up in Haiti. Desamour Designs, and its many prior names, did not come about until about 4 years ago when I opened my Etsy shop to sell my finished objects. I have now moved away from that and I am focusing on garments, large accessories and home decor patterns. My focus is crochet patterns for women.
As a POC designer, I make it my mission to use my platform to educate my followers about my Haitian Heritage which tends to be shown in the worst light in American media. I often share history, pieces of my childhood there and anything I think my audience should learn about my parent’s country that they won’t learn on Google or via the media.
2. How many years have you been knitting/crocheting for?
3. What are your current WIPs?
I have one current wip. It’s pretty much done but I need to weave in the ends. I’m still trying to decide the next project. Too many ideas and I just reduced my stash by about 80% and I’m still reducing it.
4. What is your favorite thing to design and why?
After going through a recent stage of loving everything amigurumi, I discovered garment making last summer and I’ve been in love since. I especially enjoy designing crochet patterns for women.
5. What are your goals for this year?
I am trying to focus a lot more on my shop this year. Having at least 100 listings is one of my main goals for my Etsy. Also, I want to invest more in my business this year and take more chances. My goal is to grow my business.
7. One piece of advice for fellow POC makers?
Put yourself out there. Ignore the nay sayers and anyone who might make you feel you’re weak or inferior. Keep YOUR style, do what you like and makes you happy; do not try to imitate to gain exposure.
You can watch the recording of our Live interview here.
This is the beautiful Initial Weekender bag pattern designed by Elisabeth. It’s perfect for spring and summer! Find all the details over on her blog post!
Happy Valentines Day to all my fellow knitting and crochet pattern designers!
This Valentines Day I want to share what’s been in my heart and mind for the past few weeks. I know there is a discussion happening around racism within our maker community. I feel for fellow POC knitting and crochet pattern designers who directly and indirectly had to deal with injustice. My heart goes out to you. That being said, I’ve been very fortunate and have been treated very nicely by fellow makers regardless of race. Ever since I started this journey on Instagram, I’ve felt such a strong sense of community. Everyone has always been kind and helpful. However, I experience issues daily because I am a POC and mom in this community of knitting and crochet designers.
Knitting and Crochet Pattern Designing as a POC
As a POC knitting and crochet pattern designer, I have to show up more on social media to be seen. I have to work twice as hard to be noticed by large companies. My own voice has to be louder because many bloggers in this community do not look or sound like me.
Knitting and Crochet Pattern Designing as a Mom
As a mom, I also struggle to keep up with pattern designing. It’s hard to find a balance since real-life duties take priority. Adulting usually involves cooking, laundry, cleaning, and dealing with my temperamental toddler and all his growing needs. Often my crochet and knitting designs take an entire month or two to become a reality. Yes, even the simple accessories. I know I’m not alone in feeling this way!
Here’s my solution for helping all of us gain more visibility and have a powerful voice in the maker community. I want to have a Sip’N’Stitch type Instagram Live every week with a fellow POC knitting or crochet designer. Knitting moms and crochet moms (regardless of background) are also invited for these Live series. We can discuss all things knitting and crochet pattern designing as moms and/or POC.
Benefits of doing this Live series
More eyes on our content: My followers will get to know you and see your content and your followers will get to know me and see my content.
Increase our chance of collaboration while fostering a sense of community and togetherness.
Make more friends in the maker community – this is one of my main inspirations for starting this series, it gets lonely especially as a mom!
A chance for us to share knowledge, resources, and our experiences so we can grow our businesses/brands.
My intention is to be inclusive and inspire fellow POC and mom knitting and crochet designers. One way to do this is by having real-time conversations about real-life making.
If you’re interested you can fill out the form below so I can get a better idea of who you are and what your brand is all about! I can’t wait to hear from you!