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Elderly Millennial & Lifestyle Blogger

Hi, I am Samantha!

I’m the creator behind BobbleClubHouse.com, a DIY hub that chronicles the stories of the crafting community with articles from a diverse group of crafters.

I am a self-proclaimed elderly millennial and I am always looking for new ways to share my love of knitwear and crafting with the world.

I’m a proud fashion industry survivor. After spending many years running around the Garment District of New York, working with companies such as Donna Karan, Maggy London, and Bliss Lau I started my first company, SOSA Knitwear, in 2014. SOSA Knitwear created intricate handmade knitwear and crochet for designer’s couture & ready-to-wear runway shows.

One day I woke up and realized that I was working crazy hours for a job that didn’t make me happy. I needed to make a lifestyle shift. Somewhere between 5 & 25 I had let go of my inner kid who just wanted to play with glitter & glue all day. This led me to launch Bobble Club House and jump into the crafting world! Through BCH I’ve met a beautiful community of makers and my hope is that this will become a platform that you can use to meet new makers who will inspire you to have fun through craft! 

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Contributors

Crocheting
Heather Griffith

HG Designs Crochet (HGDC) is the creator of modern granny square patterns and the producer of mini courses to transform hobbyists into successful indie designers. Founder, Heather Griffith, established HGDC as a creative outlet whilst studying Law at university, having been taught one Christmas Eve by her Nannie. Heather now runs HGDC alongside working as a trainee Solicitor. Whilst you can never have to many granny square blankets, Heather began the search for garment patterns to incorporate the granny square. Wanting modern and functional wardrobe staples Heather designed her own pieces. After demand on the HGDC YouTube channel the patterns were published for sale. Heather has now gone on to write the first of a five part workbook series for the aspiring crochet or knitwear designer, covering every aspect from designing, to testing through to launch. Workbook 1 is now available!

Inspiration
Angela Mayhoe

Angela Mayhoe resides in Los Feliz, CA where she designs a handcrafted knitwear brand – Angela Mayhoe | KNIT. She holds a BFA in fashion design from Texas Woman’s University and has been knitting for over 13 years. Prior to her knitting career, Angela has managed her own custom design business, created small capsule apparel collections and has over 15 years of retail experience in client relations and hospitality. Throughout her international travels to Hong Kong, India and Italy, it was her trip to Nepal, where Angela connected with a local woman selling hand knitted goods at the marketplace. Through their interaction and connection, she realized the importance of supporting women entrepreneurial passions - including her own. Once she returned to the States, Angela Mayhoe | KNIT was conceptualized and launched in 2018. In a space of fast fashion and a high turnover of trends, Angela wanted to insert her brand to promote the art of slow fashion and reintroduce the concept of artisanship. Her intention for Angela Mayhoe | KNIT is to create a platform that builds community, allows space for authenticity and ignites inspiration.

Knitting
Jessica Baldwin

Jessica is a knitting and crochet instructor for KnitChats who first began teaching in her LYS in 2016. Her love for textiles began when her grandmother taught her how to crochet when she was 8 years old. Jessica is a self-taught knitter and has since come to spinning, which gave her a greater understanding of yarn construction and how it affects the outcome of any given project. As a left-handed knitter, Jessica has been faced with and has overcome many challenges due to the lack of information available for lefties within the knitting industry. Her passion and ability for teaching is not exclusive to left-handed knitters; she has successfully taught many right-handed knitters, including two of her own children. It is among her primary goals to share her passion for knitting with as many people as possible, to instill confidence within fellow lefty knitters, and build upon their knitting skills.

Knitting
KnitChats

KnitChats offers on-demand knitting and crochet support through text, voice, and video. Access the collective expertise of their team of coaches through their Knitting and Crochet Hotlines and receive personalized instruction. On top of that, when you sign up, you'll experience the benefit of a fun and supportive community!

Knitting
Amanda Corvello

Amanda is a knit and crochet designer who lives in the beautiful state of Colorado with her husband, two boys, and a senior hamster-who may just live forever. When she’s not working on a new design or helping a fellow maker test their pattern, you can find her homeschooling her sons through middle school or working in her garden. Her favorite thing to do while working on a project is to watch/listen to true crime documentaries and enjoy a large cup of coffee. Amanda has an A.A. degree in 2D art and once aspired to be a painter and Art Historian. She switched paths shortly after marrying her husband to begin a family, but always felt the pull towards creating. A few years, after the birth of her youngest child, she found herself looking for a new hobby. She decided to pick up a crochet hook and give it a try, which later lead to a successful business making custom crocheted pieces. Sometime after, she learned how to knit and began writing patterns for both crafts. Her goals for the future are to become certified to teach crochet and knitting, open a business to help serve other creatives, and eventually publish a book.

Events
Eliza Angell

Eliza is an artist, writer, traveler, and former student of fashion design. She went to school with Bobblehouse Club founder, Samantha Brunson, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There she studied many different forms of art but focused on fashion design. She grew up abroad in Bangkok, Seoul, and Frankfurt, Germany. She loves learning about different cultures and their artistic expressions. Although her nomadic spirit is still very much alive, Eliza is currently anchored in Brooklyn, NY and works for the clothing company Everlane.

Quilting
Kylee Alexander

Kylee Alexander is an artist, educator and designer living and working in Chicago. Studying fashion design and creative writing, Kylee Alexander graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Shortly after, Kylee began teaching undergraduate and continuing education courses in Fashion Design at SAIC, and launched her eponymous womenswear label in 2017. Learning to sew from her Grandmother and sharing a love of quilts, Kylee created her first quilt in 2020, and created Kiki’s Quilty Pleasures soon thereafter. Honoring the tradition of womxn makers and the history of American craftsmanship, Kylee explores contemporary quilting at the intersection of narrative and technique, with an emphasis on material innovation and sustainability.

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