Seller Spotlight: Berniolie

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Colorful Crochet Circle Necklace

Colorful Crochet Circle Necklace

Three years into having my online shop, it went so well, I made the decision to quit my job at the circus and work my online-shop full time. It was the best decision I’ve made and I love being my own boss.
I live in the Netherlands, Europe.  It’s a small country but big in designs and there are lots of creative people.  I learned to crochet from my mother when I was about 4 years old.  When I was 16, I was educated as a seamstress and after that I went to college to become a teacher in crafts, but decided after I got my degree, that teaching wasn’t for me.  After college and a few creative jobs, I ended up at a circus, working as a costume designer.  I did that for 14 years and next to my job, I crocheted and knitted to relax and just for fun.
Bernadette of Berniolie shows us her workspace.

Bernadette of Berniolie wears her handmade scarf and shows us her workspace.

I can get inspired by anything.  Something I saw in my garden, I read in a book or saw in a movie. From a color on a butterfly, to a stitch on a jacket in a store, the way the wind blows through trees and lots of other every day things.

Six years ago I discovered online selling, after some thought I decided that it was something I could do.  At first it was just a way to keep knitting and crocheting and with the sales I could buy new materials to create more.  After 2 years, customers also started asking about my patterns and if I sold those.  I tried a few first and who knew, they sold.  Now I’ve got 65 designs and hopefully I can add a lot more in the future. 

I just want to enjoy life and make all the beautiful pieces with my own two hands.

Bernadette Making one of her Stunning Creations.

Bernadette Making one of her Stunning Creations.

Three years into having my online shop, it went so well, I made the decision to quit my job at the circus and work my online-shop full time.  It was the best decision I’ve made and I love being my own boss.  Two of my patterns where mentioned in Vogue Knitting and I had an interview in a national glossy magazine and a newspaper.  Although I am really flattered and honored, I’m not doing this to earn the big bucks and I’m not chasing fame.  I just want to enjoy life and make all the beautiful pieces with my own two hands.  And hopefully these creations will bring others joy to wear them.

Burgundy Crochet Scarf with 99 Fake Leather Circles by Berniolie

Burgundy Crochet Scarf with 99 Fake Leather Circles by Berniolie

Colorful Knitted Infinity Scarf by Berniolie

Colorful Knitted Infinity Scarf by Berniolie

Knitted Lace Shawl by Berniolie

Knitted Lace Shawl by Berniolie

It is very important to create something which you are passionate about.  It should give you energy and joy.  It shouldn’t feel like a job.  I keep my business small, just me and my two hands and the joy in making my creations.  I earn just enough to get around, which gives me time for friends and family.

I love to read.  I’m mostly into SF and Fantasy novels.  I also like to relax in my little garden.  I moved into my current home 2 years ago and this is my first home with a garden.  After knitting for a few hours, it’s very nice to walk into my garden to clear my head and relax my hands.  I included a photo of my garden, but it’s a work in process.

Bernadette finds inspiration in her peaceful garden.

Bernadette finds inspiration in her peaceful garden.

People like to shop around and have choices.  So if you can make a 100 items for your shop instead of 10, go for it and give your customers some variety.

If you are new to ArtFire, don’t give up too soon, I had my first sale after three months.  I takes a while for customers to find you.  People like to shop around and have choices.  So if you can make a 100 items for your shop instead of 10, go for it and give your customers some variety.  Also keep improving your shop. Your photo’s, your descriptions, tags, etc.  Artfire has great teams where you can ask for help or get information from other sellers. Just join and introduce yourself.

Lace Crochet Shawl Stole

Lace Crochet Shawl Stole

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