What's the first project you remember making/crafting?
The first Crimson and Clover project was sets of fabric crochet coasters. I actually learned to crochet from a YouTube video. All I could do when I started out was a circle, so I made coasters…and trivets, and anything else that was flat and round.
Most successful project? Biggest fail?
I think my most successful project has been my dream catchers. Specifically the really (really) big ones. They are always a great conversation starter at shows and I’ve gotten such amazing feedback on them. As for my biggest fail?...There have been plenty of things I’ve made that haven’t come out how I’d planned, but you learn from that, you make changes, or phase out that idea and move on. I can’t really call any of my projects a total failure because something positive has come out of them one way or another.
What do you DIY the most?
Aside from my Crimson and Clover projects which take up a lot of time, I DIY as much as I can…I’ve recently gotten into the whole juicing craze and I’m a big fan of it so far!
Favorite/least favorite tools/materials?
I really like using recycled fabric from vintage or thrifted finds, it's great for guaranteeing a unique product. I also really like leathers, different types of yarn, feathers, trims, and wooden beads. I really like to mix textures and colors, I guess the material list just depends on what I’m making.
Has a project outcome ever surprised you?
All the time. I think it’s always fun and exciting to have an idea in your mind and watch it come to life. Sometimes the outcome isn’t quite what you’d imagined, but other times it’s better than you hoped for.
What's the best advice you've ever received?
I could probably write a book of great advice given to me by my family. One piece of advice I always try to keep at the front of my mind is to always have fun with the experience of making and sharing your art. When you are passionate about something it shows through in the product. My family has always played a huge role in supporting my creativity, ideas, and decisions with their constant feedback and advice.
What's your top tip for first-timers?
So many people shy away from DIY projects because they feel they aren’t “crafty” enough, but there are so many blogs with guides and tutorials these days if you need the help. I would just encourage people to try a DIY, maybe start small, because creating something yourself makes it that much more special!
Anything you DIY now that you never thought you would?
Not really. I’ve always liked to create, and have always been willing to try new things and take on new challenges.
What won't you ever DIY/when do you call in the experts?
I’ll try anything once. I made a pair of velvet bellbottoms thinking it would be really easy, and boy was I wrong! I think that’s something ill leave to the experts…for now!
"When I'm not making stuff, I'm..."
Planning my next great adventure! :)
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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out
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