I was first introduced to crochet at 14 years old. It didn't take long for me to really fall in love with it, and I started crocheting everything I could think of. In fact, I still have some of my first projects, including a couple of afghans.
I'm not entirely sure what first inspired me to make bookmarks, but I did used to read a lot, and I had started working with thread crochet, so somewhere in there the idea of a realistic looking flower made with thread and a stem attached for a bookmark was born.
They quickly became my best seller on Etsy, so I begun focusing on selling only those online.

After awhile though, I took a renewed interest in yarn again. Perhaps it was the winter cold, but before long I had made a nice collection of hats and very soon everyone was borrowing them....not long after that I started to design hats, scarves, and gloves, and begun selling those along with my bookmarks in a Franklin consignment shop called Heart and Hands.
If you ever happen to be in Franklin, it's on main street on the opposite side of the street from the Mellow Mushroom!

Oh, I suppose you might want to know other things about me too!
I live at home with my family, which is quite large. I have 7 brothers and sisters, and my two older siblings are married with children of their own.
Aside from crocheting, I love to play piano and photography. I have a bit of a photography business, mostly something I do when I'm not too busy crocheting, and have enjoyed photographing weddings, portraits, and events.
I enjoy watching movies and listening to music of all kinds as well.

I also have a gluten allergy which prevents me from being able to eat anything with wheat barley or rye in it, so I spend a lot of time experimenting with gluten free ingredients.

Additionally, I do a lot of business research and write articles for Handmadeology. You can view my articles on Handmadeology.

I also have a blog where I feature Etsy sellers and their products, and also you can find tutorials, giveaways, and business articles there. Visit Etsy Treasure Chest.

For the rest of my blogs and websites, visit www.johannadraper.blogspot.com