How did a Musical Theatre Performer become so obsessed with fiber?
While earning a BFA in theatre and dance at Chapman University, Molly taught herself to crochet. With a mom who crochets and grandmas who knit, she jumped right in to this new skill. As her career in Musical Theatre progressed so did her yarn crafting skills. She refined her crocheting and knitting techniques with the help of fellow actors most honorably… Eileen Tepper (www.tepperwear.etsy.com) and Elizabeth Ward Land (www.elizabethwardland.com). The more she played with yarn, the more obsessed she became.
Molly slowly started selling her hand made goods. During this production of Thoroughly Modern Millie at Stages St. Louis, Molly sold several Skoodies to cast members and to a local boutique. She then started aFacebook group, opened her etsy shop and slowly started posting pieces for sale online.
A few months later, while on tour with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, she was able to visit yarn shops all over the country. As a way of sharing what she found she started ablog and joined fellow crafters as Molly Made on Twitter. While on tour she realized her goals had changed. Life upon the wicked stage was wicked in good ways and bad. She had traveled the world performed with amazing people (including her fiance), but she was always in transit. It was becoming harder and harder to carry all of her yarn with her as she traveled. Through Twitter she connected with Jocelyn Sass (aka cutecrochet whose daughter is also an actor) and Drew Emborsky (aka The Crochet Dude, who saw Chitty in Houston, TX). Jocelyn encouraged her to attend the Crochet Guild of America’s annual conference. It was a dream come true. She had no idea so many people shared her passion for creating with yarn.
Molly has since sold 3 patterns to nationwide yarn companies. Two are already published through Red Heart Yarn and 1 more is on it’s way (details revealed once it’s in print). She has participated in 3 NYC craft shows and her Crocheted, Knit and Needle Felted Accessories can be spotted keeping ears and hearts warm in style around the country.
She is currently taking some time off from from the crazy life of a performer and focusing on her family, teaching and creating wearable art for the young at heart.