Designer of the Week - LullabyLamb

This week get to know Rebecca “Becky” of LullabyLamb . She lives in Henderson, NV and has three kids; Garret (13), Lilly (4 ½) and Evan (3). Happily married for 19 years to the same patient, caring, supportive and wonderful man ~David.

See her current eBay auctions: LullabyLamb

JM: When did you get started crocheting?

BECKY: I learned to crochet in the 3rd grade on a camping trip. We were camping with some co-workers of my dad’s and they had a daughter, named Tammy who was the same age as me. She knew how to make a chain crochet. We crocheted up the entire skein of yarn into one giant chain (she started from one end and I from the other!). My mom also had a crochet basket and I asked her to teach me some stitches. It was difficult since I am a lefty and my mom is right handed. We found some beginner books and I self taught myself how to crochet from there. I didn’t get really interested in more than making Barbie clothes until I was an exchange student to Denmark in High School. As an exchange student, my first host mother spoke almost no English at all and we communicated through Knitting and Crocheting, I made some wonderful things while at her house (baby dresses, sweaters, etc.).

I also learned to knit in the 3rd grade, but that was through the school. A kind lady would come every Thursday during recess and teach anyone who wanted to knit in the library. This was fabulous because in Oregon, it rains all the time, so going in to knit was a treat! I didn’t do much with the knitting until going to Denmark (just like the crocheting). Then it sat again for about 15 more years and I noticed knitting magazines popping up with these fabulous patterns which inspired to start knitting when our daughter was born. I have been going steady since 2002 on the knitting!

A lot of my designs are inspired by not only fabric and seasonal trends, but also through nature. My family, particularly our daughter, is also a huge source of my designing. My mom is a florist and it really has helped me in my color selections and flower creations, her work inspires me as does the work of Mother Nature! I also have several very old doily patterns from my grandmothers that I adapt, alter and use in my designs. Both of my maternal grandmother and paternal grandmother were avid crocheters ~ unfortunately we never got to work together, somehow, I feel their creative abilities and their guidance though ~ thank you Grandma Grace and Grandma Elaine!

JM: What are your favorite types of yarn to work with?

BECKY: I really love cotton! Not only do more people buy items made with cotton, but it is so nice to work with, it is a natural fiber to! I am going to be experimenting with natural dyed/organic cotton later this year.

JM: When did you start selling your designs on eBay?

BECKY:In 2004 I really started selling on ebay. Prior to that I had just sold things in annual church craft bazaars and in little boutique shops (I used to sell at All About Babies when we were in Florida). Now, I sell on my own website ~ www.lullabylamb.com, offer patterns through www.youcanmakethis.com and have dropship through www.toptoggery.com and www.crazyaboutbabies.com . I also sell on etsy under the id lullabylamb. I find a more diversified approach yields more visibility, sales and a larger client base.

JM: What did you do before eBay?

BECKY: A little bit of everything! I was in the Air Force for 7 years (4 years active duty and 3 years in the Arkansas Air National Guard ~ where I had our first son on a drill weekend ~ I never went back after that!). In the Air Force, I worked at the Altitude Chamber and then as a Personal Affairs Representative. I am so lucky in that with the birth of each child I have been able to stay home at least 3 years too. After our oldest turned 3, I worked for the Washington State Patrol as a Communications Officer then went to work at the 939th Rescue Wing in Portland, Oregon in the Wing Commander’s Office and also in the Budget/Finance Office. I have worked so many jobs having criss-crossed the country 2x now with my husband’s crazy transfers with the Air Force Reserve (he is a full time Reservist, called an ART or Air Reserve Technician). It gives me a huge appreciation for working moms!

JM: Do you remember the first outfit you sold on eBay?

BECKY:Oh my gosh, I don’t know if it was a blueberry fruit hat or the little knit rosebud hat in 2004, they originally sold for $7.99! Those same hats now, made in cotton, go for $18.50 - 22.50! I still donate a lot of these to NICU’s in my local area each year to remember where I started and to give back. I didn’t delve into the toddler market until around Valentine’s Day of 2005 and the crochet hat was first one I made (also in acrylic), that one sold for $9.99 back then (this is also one of our favorite pictures of our daughter!).

JM: How did come up with your name, LullabyLamb ?

BECKY:Growing up in Eastern Oregon, we had sheep on our small family farm. I showed sheep in 4-H and also entered into a special category where you show your sheep and model a knit garment! I wanted to focus on baby items so Lullaby for babies and Lamb for my knitting growing up sort of merged together into LullabyLamb.

JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?

BECKY: I am with On The Avenue (TheAve) on Ebay and with Girls Will Be Girls (GWBG) on etsy. I dearly love both of these groups. GWBG was my very first group on ebay but they all moved to etsy, and so did I! TheAve was the group I had the great fortune to join up with just as GWBG departed from being active on ebay. I dearly love both groups. They both have the same elements ~ fun, family, support, integrity and ingenuity. I am indebted to the members of both groups for their support and friendship!

JM: Do you have a favorite item to create?

BECKY: Hats! Oh, they are fast! I am not one that is very patient so making hats is great ~ I am a fairly fast knitter and crocheter so I am able to complete a hat in less than 5 hours. Right now, my favorite hat to make is probably these two hats ~ I love fall and the colors are amazing on this hat, it was inspired by fabric from Chez Moi on the Harvest Flowers & Leaves Cloche, and the Embroidered Victorian Poinsettia Cloche is just so fun to make, I get all excited about the Holidays when I make it! My favorite all time hat to make is the Pirate hat, it is new for this year and it makes me smile the entire time I make it, it is just fun and silly!

JM: If you could learn some new skills, what would they be?

BECKY: I would like to improve my cable techniques and lace work with my knitting, I love the added texture of cables, and haven’t really experimented with them. This spring, I am going to be working on more knit summer style hats (sunhats, cloches) in the cotton yarn. It is important to me to be different and yet bring a classic, old fashioned look to the hats I create. I love the Victorian era for children’s clothing and am drawn to that particular era when designing and choosing flowers for the hats. To incorporate more knit cable work and open lace work would be amazing in the designs (I just have to sit down with technique books and figure it out now!). Aside from the crafting, I have always wanted to learn how to play the Cello and learn Italian!

JM: If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

BECKY: I have always wanted to go to Greece. I traveled extensively throughout Europe while an exchange student and also have seen much of the US and Canada, but I have always wanted to go to Greece. I have heard the island of Samos is spectacular ~ someday I’ll be there, crocheting on the beach!

JM: Anything else you would like to add?

BECKY: I would like to share the best advice I ever received for selling on ebay ~ to find good models to use and to take amazing pictures of your product ~ a picture really is worth 1,000 words in any item description and if people aren’t inspired by your picture to look, they won’t be inspired to buy! I have had the great fortune to work with amazing models ~ a very special thank you goes out to all of them! For new people starting out, if you are asked by designers to collaborate in making accessories to match, think about doing it at least once, for the experience and the visibility! It is always a great experience to work with fun designers, from receiving an email of their fabric swatches, to design sketches, finished product and coordinating with a model, it is always fun ~ plus you gain so many new friends that way.

Thank you for this opportunity! The boutique community is growing by leaps and bounds, there are so many fabulous people in the world with amazing talents, I enjoy seeing all the new things people create weekly through searches on ebay, etsy and through fabulous boutique sites such as JM ~ I am never disappointed and always inspired! Charity work is also near and dear to my heart, I have several free charity patterns on the web for preemies ~ please remember your local NICU’s in using up your scraps of yarn and material as they can always use hats, blankets and isolette covers!

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Comments

Shannon (btrflyshan) | Sunday, October 21, 2007 3:27 AM | flag
Congrats! You so deserve this designer of the week feature. Your hate are TDF!!! =) I can't wait to purchase one. Shannon

Nikki Dream*N*Color | Tuesday, October 16, 2007 4:24 AM | flag
Yay Becky!! You know I love your hats! They're so fun and the girls just love wearing them everywhere. Nik ;-)

| Monday, October 15, 2007 5:13 PM | flag
Congratulations, Becky! You deserve it! I love your work! Julie Petunia Plum Handmade Accessories

| Sunday, October 14, 2007 8:34 PM | flag
Thank you ladies for the lovely comments and compliments ~ it truly is a joy to get to know you better too!~Becky

Jen | Thursday, October 11, 2007 11:17 PM | flag
Oh WOW~ Becky your hats are scrumptious! I want one to match with my belly...on my way to bid on somethings :)

Canela | Thursday, October 11, 2007 1:17 PM | flag
Nice to hear a bit about you Becky. I absolutely love all your hats...imaginative and adorable. Thank for sharing your amazing talent! Canela~ cinnamon*sticks

Sarah | Thursday, October 11, 2007 9:45 AM | flag
WAY TO GO BECKY!! I am so excited for you!! Great article, and as always, AMAZING hats!!! :)

| Thursday, October 11, 2007 9:40 AM | flag
Nice article Becky! I enjoyed reading it. I feel fortunate to have met you "in person" and I hope we get to get together some day again soon. Have a blessed day! Pat - iwantedtowonder

Christina | Thursday, October 11, 2007 2:43 AM | flag
Go Becky! This woman's work is impeccable, beautiful, amazing! Her hats are addictive!

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