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Interview with Maylee of Ohmay Designs

November 11th, 2008

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your business.
I have a love for natural fibers, textures and colors in knitting. I have designed knitted accessories that are fun and functional to wear. My shop is and is filled with my unique original designs, as well as patterns for some of my creations.

What are your favorite crafts and how did you first get involved with crafting?
I started knitting when I was 12 and so, it has been over 4 decades of enjoyment and love for this craft. I have evolved from following published patterns to creating my own designs and patterns. I also enjoy making jewelry, cardmaking and sewing.

What do you like best, coming up with ideas or executing them?
This is hard to say. When I have an idea, I would just take my needles and yarn in hand and start knitting. I would say 75% of my ideas would morph into a different design in the end. It seems as if the fibers and textures guides my hands to create something more fantastic than what I had originally planned.

Are you super organized or messy?What does your workspace look like?
I am super organized as I hate clutter. Although my workspace is jammed packed, 90% of the time I know where to look for a specific item. Did I tell you that I am a yarn addict? I have enough yarn to last me a lifetime, but there is always something new and luscious out there for me to get my hands on.

Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for your business?
I really want to try my hand on felting wool. Whether it is needle felting, wet felting or just making something and throwing it in the wash to felt. The blending of colors and the different techniques will be a complete “surprise” and a learning experience.

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