Remember those times when you used to visit Grandmas house and she had those white round delicate things lying around everywhere. For the longest I didn’t know what they were called. Doily’s, I learned later. Now let’s meet Dea and find out how she puts a twist on those wonderful Doilies.
I’m Dea Watts, from Nashville, TN. I learned to crochet when I was about 10 years old, and I have been doing it ever since. I love working with the patterns, especially more complicated ones that you have to figure out like a puzzle. I enjoy thread crochet best because I think it’s just the prettiest thing in the world to do. It dawned on me one day that teensy doilies would make gorgeous earrings, so I branched out into jewelry, too.
I never dreamed I’d be able to crochet as my job, but when I got diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I thought maybe I could start a website and sell my doilies online. When I found Etsy, it was like a dream come true! It was a simple answer to what I was looking for and helped me get started right away.
Name? I tried a couple different names for my shops at first, and back then I was crocheting Afghans, hats, purses, gloves, etc. I wasn’t really enjoying it like I did thread crochet, though. So I took a year off, and during that year, I crocheted over 100 doilies and made almost that many pairs of earrings. That was definitely my niche… and since my earrings are basically doilies, too – Doily Dea.
Materials – I love thread crochet, and I also love super soft and unusual fibers. I use a lot of cotton, but have recently discovered wools and silks and hand dyed threads. I am completely in love! I also use beads for my jewelry, and I love to work with natural stones. Though I do find that I can’t resist sparkling glass beads or lampwork beads either. I am hoping to work these into my items soon!
I discovered my creative side at a very young age, writing poetry almost as soon as I could read. I’ve had my hands on something artsy ever since. I can’t resist a craft project! I macrame, sew, crochet, paint, and even do a little wood burning. I can’t see anyone’s handmade items without wanting to try it myself!
Inspiration/Motivation – I am fortunate that I am simply always motivated. I have to stay busy to be happy. Just about anything can inspire me – a pretty color of thread, a sparkly bead, a bare table top, a vintage pattern! Maybe it’s just that I love what I’m doing so much that my head constantly spins with ideas? I can never wait to start my next project.
In 5 words? Crazy in love with thread.
I can be found on Facebook and Etsy: