On the last day of May, we officially shut down The Hoop & Needle. It was a bittersweet day. I had so much love and acceptance and creative forces from Northside and it's been great getting everyone excited about hand stitching. But at the end of the day, I was only one person. I was spread too thin to do everything as well as it deserved. And then add on the continuous problems of being a tenant to an aging building that needs more care than it was getting. I just couldn't move the business yet again and let's face it, I was a bit burnt out.
That being said, we are NOT gone. We are still a strong supporter of the arts and crafts scene in Cincinnati. We expect to be back at our local craft fair stops for the Christmas season. And we are carefully redefining what we want our brand to be in the future.
Before Hoop and Needle, we were just Purple Hippo Stitches. Because 3 years before, I was Purple Hippo Jewelry and in 5th grade, I was Purple Hippo Friendship bracelets or pins or perler beads or God even knows what. It was ALWAYS the name and it never required thought and I love it but it never reflected the constant growth or change. By the way, I freaking LOVE hippos.
Hoop and Needle was the name of a brick and mortar retail store. May we all mourn it's death. But I'd like to announce the birth/name change of Purple Hippo Stitches into Stitch Hussy. It feels right and natural. My Grandma first taught me how to sew on a machine. My Aunt first taught me cross-stitch. I never quite loved the machine and fell in love with cross-stitch though I always hated the subject matter. But by the time I was 15, I also wanted some edginess. Call me an insecure teenager but I wanted to be like oh so unique and also dark and maybe goth but not that goth. And I found this amazing mostly black dress that fit me perfectly but was on the clearance rack for $20. The back straps (2000ish, everything was strappy) were torn and destroyed from this $80+ dress. So we took it to my Grandma. She was happy to fix the straps with whatever was on hand. But during the fitting, she realized that my super non-slutty high chested dress was actually, mostly backless. (Yes, I think I was a prude. What the other girls wore? OMG, this was a whole year or two before prom dresscodes were SERIOUS) And that's when I got called a hussy.
Yes, she fixed it and made me look awesome. But I couldn't help laughing over this antiquated word I'd never actually heard out loud. I was a HUSSY! Turns out that, as the oldest grandchild, I simply opened the floodgates to hussydom. Later on, I'd get piercings, not all in my ear and tattoos. Sometimes my bangs hung IN MY FACE. And then, there was the hair dye. I wasn't AS guilty of the hairdye as "Little Hussy" was. Born 10 years and one day apart, my younger cousin is actually the one that went hardcore into purple and blue hair. That being said, we are the OG hussies of our family. And I AM THE OG HUSSY and I kinda love it.
So with that, I proudly bring you our new iteration. STITCH HUSSY. It's a name that matches me and my designs and whatever multitudes of side projects I dream of taking on. This is a name that required a bit more thought but will grow with me a bit better than the name 5 year old me decided on because purple is an awesome color and hippos are the best animals ever and I accidentally created a real business on Etsy over 10 years ago. (TBH hippos ARE the best animals and purple is ok but it just sent the wrong impression)
Anyways, you will see this site start to change around a bit! I still have backstock from my store for sale on here. There's some GOOD SHIT in there and I suggest you take a look. I'll be transferring over the Stitch Hussy logos though I'll keep the Hoop and Needle domain for a year or two. Just remember, stitchhussy.com works too!
Over the next year, I look forward to earnestly expanding our original handmade kits, collaborating with other artists and get this website built into a super well functioning tech organism!
That being said, for the next two months, this blog WILL be shifting subject matter drastically. From September to mid-October, this will be a spot to host my travel blog. Mr. Stitch Hussy will still be in Cincinnati teaching the youth of America and reigning over our tiny kingdom of adorable felines. I will be traveling to Spain the hike the Camino, a 500 mile-ish hike from the border of France to Santiago de Compostela. It's a modern-style pilgrimage of sorts walking the same route to Santiago as people did in the Medieval Ages.
I have never done anything like this. I'm not a very outdoorsy person. So you can expect lots of "suffering" followed with whining and regret. But also lots of wonderful pictures. And nerdy ramblings about how freaking awesome medieval art is. And how important it is to carry on a tradition from the Middle Ages and even before because, it just IS. Etc etc etc. So here lies the future dumping ground of travel photos and "deep thoughts" for which I apologize in advance.