MEET THE MAKER: Lisa Connery, Crass Stitching

We get so excited about all of our classes here at The Hop - we’ve got this amazing community of makers and they are so generous to share their skill sets with us that we swoon every time! Lisa of Crass Stitching is one of these makers and it is an understatement to say that we’re not geeked out over her two part class! Sign up at Eventbrite!

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Typically, if someone was to do a cross stitching project, they would use a prefabricated design.  You go rogue, where do you find inspiration for your designs?

I have so many sources for inspiration, I could have 30 projects going at once and still not even make a dent in my list! I create many of my own patterns, but I also follow so many talented needlework artists on IG so I buy patterns from them or I alter vintage patterns I find in books or online. The IDEA store is a great resource in town, especially for someone just learning a craft--there's no need to spend a ton to learn something new (not that cross stitch is a very expensive hobby!). 

Tell us about your class!

I've been talking about doing a class for a billion years, so I am *SO* excited to finally have one! I realized as more and more people were asking for kits or just patterns, that there are so many people who want to learn a new skill, they just don't know where to start. I'm hoping my class will be a good introduction to the craft. I aim to cover all the basics about cross stitch, from materials to stitches to finishing your hoop so it looks professional. Each person will get the materials to complete 2 cross stitch pieces, in addition to keeping the pattern and the tool kit to help with future projects.  I have so many people say they don't think they can do it, but I think once they sit down with someone explaining the basics, they'll see that it is really simple and enjoyable. 

How important is it to you to incorporate humor into your craft?

This is truly just my side hustle, so if I am not entertained by what I'm making, there's no point in doing it. My fiancé watches me crack myself up when I finish a really good piece because I think I am HILARIOUS AF. My favorite part of doing shows is watching someone start to laugh or have their eyes bug out at a design. I like to guess which piece is making them smile. I sometimes wish I did more serious "arting," especially when I see the tremendous talent of the artists in the CU area, but I also like that I know my pieces will bring a smile to someone's face, which is a lot less stressful than creating a more traditional piece. I think teaching this class will help me feel a little more serious while still letting me be silly.  

What's your favorite goodie at the shop?

Girl. Stahhhhp. It's all good. I like to go in and pretend that we're having company over so I need to try like, 6 items, but then I go home and eat all of them on the couch with my Boo and Netflix.