Meet the Maker: An Interview with Ellucy Stitches
So here we are, the final Meet the Maker Interview of 2018 and boy is it a good'en. I've known from the very beginning that I wanted it to end with a bang and knew immediately who it must be. If you follow me on Instagram you'll know just how much of a fan I am of Ellucy Stitches. I am so much more than 'just a fan' though. I can proudly say that I am friends with Mallory who is the girl boss behind this amazing small business. We met on social media, started messaging and the rest (as they say) is history! We message each other constantly, send little care packages to one another but most of all we support each other. I have so much respect for this woman and she honestly inspires me every day. I cannot say enough good things about her and I know she will go far on talent and kindness alone. Now that I have finished fan-girling here she is...
1. Tell us a little about you and your business.
I’m Mallory and I’m a 27-year-old from Virginia! I started my Etsy shop, Ellucy Stitches in March of 2017 after realising I really enjoyed hand embroidery! I’m self-taught and do all of this out of our tiny apartment that I share with my boyfriend of four years and our two cats.
2. What inspired your business name?
My cats! They are Ellie and Lucy! A friend suggested this, and I loved it. Nobody really knows how to pronounce it and to be honest… I don’t either.
3. How did you first discover your passion for your craft?
I was so bored… I wanted something to DO. I wasn’t great at lettering, so I saw someone doing this on Instagram and just went for it! I started when I saw Lindsey from theblushingscript doing it. I bought a pattern from namasteembroidery and fell in love!
4. How long has your business been running?
I started stitching in November or December of 2016 and opened my Etsy shop in March of 2017!
5. What inspires your creations?
Everything around me. My entire life I’ve considered myself to be a realist… and I really enjoy stitching what everyone’s thinking. I love taking classy florals and throwing in the crude thoughts that we all have in our heads. I love making something that’s traditionally “ugly” (such as the word “fuck”) and making it pretty.
6. What is your proudest achievement to date?
I have had three celebrity encounters and each one has made me nearly pee my pants with excitement. Miley Cyrus, Angela Kinsey (plays Angela Martin on The Office), and then Shannon Purser (Barb on Stranger Things/Ethel on Riverdale). I NEVER expected any of this to happen and I still don’t completely believe that it’s happened to me. I am so grateful for this experience and the doors this has opened for me.
7. What is the biggest lesson you have learned?
DON’T BE A DICK. To anyone, for any reason. I had a few people who were incredibly rude to me when I first started, and I’ve never forgotten them. Those people made me decide early on to be helpful and kind to everyone I encounter. AND! Not everything is going to be a hit. Some things sell well, some things don’t. Don’t be too hard on yourself!
8. What is your favourite make?
FLOWERS. All of them!!!
9. What is the best feedback you have received?
Honestly, I think talking to other makers and building genuine friendships with them is where my greatest feedback always comes from! I met Ellen (YOU!) VERY early on in my journey and she has been a constant support and friend throughout everything. We are always honest with each other about our projects and how to approach situations that we aren’t super comfortable with.
10. Is there anything you regret?
Questioning my talent or my worth. I still struggle with this, but I try to believe in myself a little bit more these days!
11. What are your goals for the future?
To not burn out! I want to enjoy this and love this. I don’t want it to become a chore that I dread! I want to teach people how to do this craft and how to make it their own!
12. What is the best part of being a maker?
The strangers on the internet that feel like family. I absolutely love the little “family” of other makers that I’ve curated over the last two years. Ellen and I will MAYBE never meet in real life, but we’ve shared more with each other than I have with some REAL-LIFE friends. Having that much confidence in a friendship that’s completely in cyber space is an amazing thing.
13. What is your least favourite job to do?
Expenses and taxes. It’s painfully boring and makes my eyes burn.
14. What advice would you give your old self?
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!! You’ve got this. Don’t listen to assholes and don’t question your abilities or strengths. Say no to things you don’t want to do.
15. What advice would you give other makers?
FORGE YOUR OWN PATH! We all work so hard to create new things and engaging content- don’t copy other people. Be your own person and make what feels authentic to YOU! Be KIND when you can and don’t be afraid to ask questions to other makers. Your followers on Instagram do not translate to sales… and your followers on Instagram do not equate your worth. Try new things! GROW! You don’t have to make the same thing thousands of times if you don’t want to! You aren’t going to be ON all the time- and that’s okay. Use that time to reflect and find your groove. You are your own boss, you make your rules. Don’t do things you don’t want to do and don’t let people walk all over you. Don’t let anyone tell you how to feel. Success doesn’t happen overnight. Success also doesn’t come from comparing yourself to others. Your journey is yours, and yours alone.
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