We’re thrilled to have Stephanie from ThreadXLove as a Vendor for our upcoming #MadeinCanada Market! Read on to discover more about Stephanie and her cheeky threads 😉

Please tell us a bit about yourself and one interesting fact.

I’m a special education teacher and new mom to a beautiful baby girl. Crafting has always been a hobby, but Thread X Love was built from my love for creating custom pieces for the people I love!

How do you balance parenthood with your business?

I started Thread x Love as a part time Etsy shop before kids. I’m a full time special education teacher, but I would stitch in the evenings to relax and unwind. In September we welcomed our beautiful baby girl and my time to stitch has definitely changed! When she was tiny she loved to nap splayed across my lap and I would actually stitch with her there. These days she is a baby on the move so my crafting supplies are always safely tucked away and my stitching time has definitely become shorter! I’m still an evening stitcher, and still use it to relax and unwind at the end of the day.

How long does the average item take for you to create?

It’s easy for people who have cross-stitched before to understand the amount of work that goes into each piece. A more simple piece will usually take me about 4-6 hours to complete. More complex and detailed pieces will often take me 15-20 hours to finish. I break that apart over several days, but I often get “sucked in” to a piece and loose track of time! My eyes and back will often be the reason I have to take a break.

Do you have a favourite item in your store?

I love all of my pieces!! My favourite pieces to make are customized ones – the family and wedding portraits are such a fun challenge. I have loved capturing pets and children and wedding details. The idea of something I made hanging on people’s walls and bringing them joy is the ultimate reward for my hard work.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

My family cottage is what I call my “happy place”. It is a long three hour drive north of our home in Newmarket, but the minute I get out of the car I feel completely at peace. Luckily my husband loves it as much as I do, and now we are having so much fun watching our daughter enjoy the cottage life as well. Stitching at the cottage with a huge cup of coffee (or glass of wine!) is pretty much my idea of the perfect day.

Did you take classes to learn the skills you utilize or are these self taught practices of trial and error?

My mom taught me to cross stitch as a kid. During rainy summer days at the cottage she would my brother and I sewing, cross stitching, rug hooking, quilting, and all kinds of other crafts: I loved those days so much!

When I was recovering from back surgery about ten years ago I decided to pick cross stitching back up again to pass the time stuck in bed. I fell back in love again and haven’t put the needle back down since! After making pieces for friends and loved ones, everyone encouraged me to start selling them on Etsy.

You can find Stephanie in person at the Made in Canada Market or check her out online!

Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/ThreadxLove

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ThreadxLove

Instagram: @thread_x_love

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