Over the weekend I was doing my usual perusing of the craft and fashion sections of Google+ and I came across an amazing artist that just made me pause… Honestly my breath was taken away by her talent. Anastasia Hedlund is awesome with her hands, as she crochets beautiful purses, handbags, makeup bags, scarves, hats, shawls, ponchos, headbands you name it this woman crochets it with style!
Anastasia is a mother of two beautiful girls, Melonie (3) and Stephanie (1). Along with her husband and daughters she lives in Albuquerque, NM, as Anastasia is originally from Russia. Since the age of 20 she has been teaching herself to crochet via the internet or as I like to say “YouTube University,” books and other tutorials to learn an array of stitches. However, at the tender age of 9, Anastasia learned to knit from her grandmother, which she continues to do for family members. Having lived in the US for 3.5 years, Anastasia finds that being away from her family in Russia is hard, and crocheting helps in this regard.
“I just love what I am doing, and it helps me keep going.”
Like many of us ladies, she has always been a fan of “the purse,” but her enthusiasm moved her to begin crocheting them. Anastasia, much like myself prefers a free-hand approach rather than patterns, as she does not use them to create her purses. Her inspirations are derived from a multitude of muses to include: fashion shows, a beautiful day or even her children.
Anastasia’s beautiful items are sold on Etsy.com, as she has been building her amazing product line since 2012. I love the name of her Etsy shop “My Nice Purses” it just rings truth about her work. Take a look at her creations on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/shop/MyNicePurses. Additionally, she is also hosting a September Customer Appreciation Sale, where you can receive 20% off on all orders over $45 using coupon code: ETSY20OFF.
Here’s a look at some of my favorite pieces from Anastasia’s collection!
I hope you’ve enjoy Anastasia’s designs as much as I do! After you visit her store on Etsty.com stop by her Facebook page, give her a LIKE and say Hey!
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