Interview with the artist - Frauke from Handmade Fuzzy

Ein herzliches Willkommen an Frauke von Handmade Fuzzy! You wonder why I'm talking German? Wait and see ...

Frauke says she has always been a needler, let's discover what she means by that, shall we?

Baby cocoon bunting sack

Tell us a little about who you are and where you come from.

I am a German that somehow ended up in the US (aah, that's the solution to the riddle up there ;-)). I have lived in Papua New Guinea and  Australia as a kid. Then worked for quite a while with kids and teens in the Southern part of Germany, also called Bavaria. That is also where I ran into my hubby. We had the chance to explore Europe for quite a while together and then moved to the USA in 2003 since then I got to live on the West Coast and now on the East Coast in wonderful South Carolina.

What's your craft/art and how did you get to do it in the first place?

Sometimes I think I was born with knitting needles, I take them where ever I go. I always have to keep my hands busy. I learned it in School in Germany, I think it was in 5th Grade. I knitted my way through School, knitting for friends and family. Now living in the States I don't have much family to knit for. I knitted while waiting for the kids to be done with their sports, in doctors offices etc. That's when people started asking me if I sell my items.

Hand knitted cowl

I think this is one of the most asked questions – where does your inspiration come from?

Hm... good question. I get inspired by custom orders mostly. Often my work grows while working on it. I often don't have a picture in my head of the finished product, because I go where my material takes me to. If that makes sense. (Makes total sense to me because often I'm the same way!)

Do you do other crafts, if yes, what?

I dabble in all kind of other crafts. I love trying out new stuff and introducing my kids to express themselves through art.

Mouse and her ice cream

Which one of your pieces is your absolute favorite? Which one was the hardest to make and why?

My favorite piece would be my mice. And the hardest one to make would be right now Yoda, I had to figure out how to get his toes the right way.

The Smart Mouse

Is there someone whom you admire and who inspires you?

There are a few people from the Zibbet community that absolutely inspire me with their drive and their passion. I have learned much from them business wise and privately.

If you had free choice of just one supply you can use for your craft/art, what would you be dreaming of, no matter how expensive?

Yes.  Yarn, one can never have enough YARN. Sock yarn or merino yarn.

Beaded crochet cap

Do you sell online, if yes, where can we find you?

Yes, I sell online, and you can find my store right here Handmade Fuzzy

Is there anything you feel you need or want to tell the world outside now?

Follow your passion, it knows where you should go.