One of the most wonderful things about Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con is the immense diversity of the things people make! Deborah Gibson , of All About the Stitches, makes amazing crochet and knitted handcraft.
GCMCC: What do you make?
DG: I have the ability to make just about anything artistic or craft like, but my real passion began many years ago in creating crocheted and knitted afghans of any size, shape and color. I was taught at an early age by my grandmother and mother how to crochet, knit, embroidery and cross-stitch. My crochet and knit creations range from animals to afghans, and every now and then, I finish a set of embroidery pillowcases or a cross-stitch picture worthy of framing. In the near future I will be bringing back a collection of macrame wall hangings; something I made back in the 70s, and a collection of dream catchers.
GCMCC: Why do you make it ?
DG: I enjoy the creativity as the process is calming and relaxing. It’s a sense of pride and accomplishment, and I enjoy seeing smiles on my customers.
GCMCC: What inspires you?
DG: First and foremost, I am inspired by my internal passion and desire to create, and the hope of passing a dying art onto my grandchildren and others willing to learn. In addition, my friends, and family, and other crafters play a significant role in my creations.
GCMCC: What are you bringing to showcase ?
DG: All About the Stitches will be offering hats, afghans, dishcloths, purses/totes, lap blankets, ponchos/shawls, and rugs. At all the events/shows I attend as a vendor, I am constantly crocheting, which always begins unique conversations from customers and the desire to learn how.
GCMCC: Why do you believe Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con is important?
DG: The event begins together individuals; both young and old, makers in spreading their inspiration and creativity, and potential future inventors and/or customers in awakening their dreams and passions.
You can see and buy Deborah Gibson’s beautiful work at Gulf Coast Maker & Comic Con on March 24, at St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus. General Admission is FREE and you can still reserve your own makers booth through March 19th!