July 6, 2011

Featured Member frommyatelier

This week's Featured Member is frommyatelier 

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself and your shop.

A.  My name is Yuki. I'm a mother of a four-year old living and crafting in Saitama, Japan. I spent my student days studying art history and fashion design and have variously worked as an archives assistant, a floral designer and at an online yarn shop. But I’m really a craftsman at heart-- so a few years ago, I opened my first Etsy shop, Barefoot Shepherdess, offering naturally dyed fibers, yarns and threads. From My Atelier is my second shop, focusing on my handmade creations. Since my interests are diverse, so are the things you’ll find in my shop. Knitting, embroidery, natural dyeing-- I go where my whim takes me.

Q.  What or Who inspires you?

A. My inspiration often comes from nature, everyday life, children's picture books and my wild & mischievous son. I also draw my inspiration from past experiences, particularly-- for my current designs-- upon the few years I spent as a floral designer. But really, I'm always looking about for anything that strikes me with a new idea-- because most often, inspiration comes when I least expect it!

Q.  When you're not doing things for your shop can we find you around the internet?

A.  I can be found at my blog, Barefoot Shepherdess and at my Flickr photostream. Though I used to be more active on the internet, I decided that I'd rather spend that time creating.

Q.  What tool could you not live without?

A.   Other than the basics (i.e. needle & thread), I find my ice cube trays particularly useful for organizing my partially-used embroidery floss. I used to keep them all in a single box, but with that method, the floss, in addition to being jumbled, couldn't be identified by color number any more. As a result, the remainders often never got used... By keeping them well-sorted, I can easily find the color I want and use all the leftovers, down to the very last bit.

Q.  How did you learn to stitch?

A. Two years ago, I decided I wanted to learn embroidery and picked up a stitch dictionary and an embroidery sampler. Those two things were all I needed to learn to stitch... that, and the desire to give it a try! :)



  1. I love her work...so simple and beautiful

  2. I love the flower-inspired cushions. They're simple and pretty.


Thank you for taking the time to comment. We hope you'll enjoy the community here at EtsyNEAT!