My amazingly talented mother taught me how to crochet and knit when I was 8 years old. I’ve always enjoyed crafting, but crochet is where I found love.
At 9 I learned that I would become a big sister, so I had to use my crochet skills to make a baby blanket for my new brother-to-be… The short version of the blanket is that it turned into an odd shaped scarf thing that was long lost in the basement. Since then, I’ve made up for the odd object by making him several hats. I’ve also made hats for my sisters and other items for my parents, and nephews.
I’d all but forgotten my craftiness until 2002 when I called to ask my mom how to crochet my first hat. I picked a multi-colored yarn with blues and yellows to make my first hat and scarf set. From there, I got requests from football players to make custom unique hats. One request involved a large hole in the top so he could pull his dreads through…Yes, I made it, and he was very happy that he could now “…shake your dreads in da club.” School was always a priority and making items again became a rare event.
In 2006, I began my doctorate degree in Chicago. As a Georgia Peach, the first winter was a frigid reawakening of my crochet desire. I needed hats and scarves to keep the cold as far away as possible. I began making hats and scarves on a per request basis. My stupéfiant (amazing) projects were two custom picture quilts. My client provided the pictures of her two sons, and I let my creative juices flow. Crocheting became a cathartic experience in relieving the stress of intense graduate work and a dissertation.
With my husband’s encouragement and my ever-growing love of crochet and fashion, Creations By Courtney was started in April of 2011. Shortly after starting Creations By Courtney, I decided to focus on wearable pieces after making a tank top and skirt set in graduate school. I started with a capelet and have progressed to a one of a kind skirts. Several designs are just waiting for the perfect yarn and color inspiration.
My love of fashion, being a woman and a mother influence my design choices. I make unique, stylish and practical clothing and accessories. In making exclusive items for you, I want to spread joy and confidence, making you feel comfortable and sexy. Fashion provides tons of inspiration because there is always a way to make a crochet version of the latest trends and classic looks for clothing, accessories, ponchos, and purses.
Thank you for stopping by and taking a look. I look forward to getting to know your unique style so that my handmade pieces work perfectly for you, your bestie or your family.