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Quirky Crochet Alex Milford WORDS + PHOTOGRAPHY

VICTORIA HOUSTON From Amelia Earhart-inspired raccoons to festive candy corns with smiley faces on them, Quirky Crochet has all the adorable crochet stuffed animals one could dream of. Alex Milford, a Louisiana Tech alumna, established Quirky Crochet in July of 2016 but has been selling consistently since January of 2017. She was 16 years old when she was first taught how to crochet by her grandmother and learned the rest from watching YouTube videos. “Crocheting is really interesting because there’s like five or six stitches you need to know, and if you know those than you can do anything, literally anything you can think of,” Milford said. “So if you get the basics down, it’s literally repetition.” 12 | SPEAK magazine

Over time, she said she had made so many stuffed bears that she was a little overwhelmed with them all. She said that being a college student and in need of more money, she decided to try to sell them on an app called Storenvy. After a while she moved the business to Etsy, where it has grown over time. When choosing a name for her business, she wanted to pick something fun that would be remembered easily, when she remembered an ongoing inside joke between herself and her friends about how, “quirky” she is. Initially, she only wanted to sell a few items for a few extra bucks, but since then, she has participated in the Ruston Maker’s Fair, Railroad Fest in Ruston and at the Riverfront in Monroe on the Fourth of July. “I like selling locally at the Maker’s Fairs and Farmers Markets because I like to see the customer’s reaction to something I made,” Milford said. “Like I give it to them and they get really happy. It makes it a lot more special.” Recently, she has gotten many requests for custom birds that bird owners order to look like their pets. She said that this has really helped her business grow. With these custom-made

birds, she makes other custom items for her customers along with her own original items. From pokemon plushies to coffee cozies, Milford makes a variety of gifts and knick knacks. Milford said there is still room for Quirky Crochet to grow and for her to find a specific style that she would want to stick with. “I’m looking into expanding a bit and possibly adding buttons, pins and journals to the inventory of my shop,” Milford said. “Something that isn’t quite crochet, but still has my brand and style incorporated in it.” Milford said her five year plan includes possibly writing a pattern book and publishing it through Amazon for people to buy and learn from. Milford’s advice for local entrepreneurs who want to start their own businesses is to not be afraid of starting, because it is hard to start, but always have a financial backup plan. “This is the best time to be a entrepreneur in Ruston, or even an artist. Ruston is growing at an exponential rate and we have a lot of great people in the city government that are helping it grow,” she said, “so my advice is to do it, do it now, but have a backup plan.”

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SPEAK Magazine Fall + Winter 2018  

SPEAK Magazine is produced by students of Louisiana Tech University and is published quarterly by the Louisiana Tech School of Communication...

SPEAK Magazine Fall + Winter 2018  

SPEAK Magazine is produced by students of Louisiana Tech University and is published quarterly by the Louisiana Tech School of Communication...

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