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Behind The Stitches: Lindsay Vega

This morning I was thinking about this interview and how much it means to me. By this point I’ve had the chance to talk with a lot of crafters at all stages of their careers, some of whom I was super star struck by and some that I knew very little about before we chatted. But the one that has made the biggest impact on me has been Lindsay Vega. You’ll understand why after you get to know her in a little bit. Some people are just special. They just have that it factor. It is so difficult to put into words and so easy to spot. You can’t sell it or learn how to grow it. A person either has it or they don’t. If I had to put it into the simplest of words I would say that to her core Lindsay is just a really good person. But that doesn’t quite capture it. All I know is that I feel so incredibly joyful to have her story on my blog and that one day people will say that they heard about her here first.

*EDIT: Lindsay's first pattern has officially launched since the publication of this interview. You can support her launch through her Etsy page. I couldn't be happier for her!

"Crochet will always be my heart and my go to craft"

Sam: People might not know this, but you actually started your career off in the beauty community. How did you get started with makeup?

Lindsay: I started the whole beauty thing back in high school and I just did “makeovers” for friends and family. I didn’t take it seriously until around 2008. I started with Youtube and then later Instagram as @brooklynglama. After that I freelanced for about nine years but I started to feel like I couldn’t find my space in it all. Social media was over saturated. I’ve always been the person who wants to be the best at what I do, not a copycat. I remember when beauty was super artistic and there was tons of originality but the beauty community started to change and it became a place of competition and drama and plastic surgery I started to lose my inspiration. So I went on hiatus.

Sam: When did you learn how to crochet?

Lindsay: I learned how to crochet when I was a small child. Maybe about five or six. My aunts knew how to crochet and I always loved to watch them make things and I learned by watching them.

Sam: Now that you know how to knit which one is your preferred craft? Knitting or Crocheting?

Lindsay: Crochet will always be my heart and my go to craft. Knitting is beautiful and elegant and something you need major focus for. But I will always look at it through a crocheters eye and I feel like they both will eventually be a perfect marriage in my designs!

"I wanted to be able to help my family with something tangible that no one could take away from them"

Sam: You’ve overcome a lot in your life. Can you tell us a little about your crafting journey and the story of how your knitting/crocheting business got started?

Lindsay: LuluNStitch was literally born in a really difficult time in my life. Me and my family were homeless at the time, do to being displaced, and I couldn’t find work. I eventually would find a job. But because I truly couldn’t afford to just shop when I wanted I decided to make hats and scarves for my four sons. Winter was coming and I wanted to be able to help my family with something tangible that no one could take away from them. They were attending new schools in a new Borough and I needed to know they were warm when they traveled. So as we went through the winter season more and more people started to ask where they got their pieces from and they said “Oh my mom makes them” and I started to get custom orders and more and more orders started to come my way by word of mouth. Then I decided to make an Instagram and an Etsy shop and now we’re going on year four of my “infant” brand.

Sam: Where did the name LuluNStitch come from?

Lindsay: Well it's a play on words. It describes me and my “family” pride in one name. Lulu is a play on my childhood Nickname  that only select family members use. Also I love everything Disney and one of my favorite stories is that of Lilo and Stitch. They share the term OHana in the movie and it means “Family, family = Nobody gets left behind”!

At the core of everything I do its always for my family! If I could help it I will never leave any of them. I will work hard and I will sacrifice and I would do anything for their well being and happiness. LuluNStitch represents me, a woman willing to use her creative abilities to make an honest living so I can take care of my family and provide them with love and warmth, regardless of our circumstances or our status in this world.

Sam: What has been the biggest difference you’ve seen between the crafting and beauty communities?

Lindsay: Social media, specifically Instagram, is a tool that can be used for many many things. Including inspiration and exposure. It also can expose the negative side and unfortunately the beauty community isn’t as beautiful as it looks. Sometimes being in that world can get dark and drama filled, almost like the “Mean Girl” narrative. Truthfully it can be wonderful to look at but if you aren’t emotionally or mentally prepared for the “cancel culture” it can be spiritually draining.

The crafting community for me was a safe space or at least that's what I have experienced. It was a breath of fresh air and overall it was so much more friendly then what I was used to seeing. It was a much needed escape and it was very healing for me. Besides overcoming homelessness and crocheting/knitting being a way to provide for my family, it is helping me mourn the loss of my Child. Crocheting/knitting helps me with the pain. It has saved my life.

Going to beauty events and meeting people in the industry was wonderful. For many years I put my best face/foot forward but it felt like I was doing it all in vain. The industry has its chosen few and it felt like there wasn’t any room for a multifaceted person like me. Now going to crafting community events, for me there is a definite difference.

"LuluNStitch represents me, a woman willing to use her creative abilities to make an honest living so I can take care of my family and provide them with love and warmth, regardless of our circumstances or our status in this world"

Sam:  How has your experience in the beauty industry helped with building your knitwear brand?

Lindsay: In a social media driven world you have to be everything! An editor, photographer, marketing specialist, influencer, talent the whole picture. So translating that to business and a brand is a-lot easier when you have a decade of experience working the web.

Sam: Maybe this is wishful thinking, but have you ever thought about selling your patterns?

Lindsay: Actually I'm currently working on getting that done as we speak. I currently have two patterns that I’m doing the math for and writing up. So it is coming soon. I plan on selling patterns but of course for the fun of it. Of course.

Sam: What was your experience like at Stitch Up Brooklyn?

Lindsay: Wow where do I begin. First off I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have been able to attend.  The Creator of Stitch Up Brooklyn Michele Costa @144stitches and creator of @stitchandhustle is literally an angel. She has created a space where race doesn’t matter, whether you knit or crochet, whether you're gay, straight, purple or blue. No matter where you’re from you are welcome. At Stitch Up Brooklyn everyone loved yarn and enjoyed each other’s company and it was an Amazing experience. One of the activities was creating a piece to add to a yarn bomb by @naomirag and it's the perfect image of the unity and community that was at Stitch Up Brooklyn. I am proud to have been apart of something so beautiful. I met so many people that I hope to build lasting fibre-friendships with and people I consider to be my sisters and brothers in this huge crafting fibre family that I didn’t even realize I had.

Sam: What do you like to binge watch or listen to while you craft?

Lindsay: I absolutely love Grey’s Anatomy!

And Supernatural. I’ve re-watched them from the beginning on Netflix just so I can mindlessly enjoy them again. I’m currently watching Handmaid's Tale on Hulu. That's another captivating story to watch. I also love to listen to R&B music or Classical when I design. It makes me feel in tune with My Purpose.

Thank you Michele Costa, from Stitch Up Brooklyn, for letting me know about Lindsay. I want BCH to be a place where you can come to be inspired not just by the people you have heard of before, but by the people you should know. If you’ve had to give up one or two influencers over the past few months replace them with someone who you will be proud to say you follow. Turn a negative into a positive. For every seat that opens up at the table don’t just throw away the chair. Replace the person sitting in it. The conversations that we are having about race and inclusion in the community are a good thing and not a bad one. This is a maker you should be supporting. This is a maker who represents the community that I want to be a part of. Thank you Lindsay for taking the time to share your story with us.

You can follow my Instagram account @bobbleclubhouse for your daily dose of all things knitted. Until next week, happy crafting!


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