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Meet Fay with Stitch by Fay - Featured Friend Friday!

Updated: Jan 14, 2021

It's my favorite day of the week - FRIDAY!! (Or, as I used to say to my students, "Fri-YAY!") Fridays have always been one of my favorite days, as it's the end of the week, everybody seems to be happier and it's Featured Friend day!!

Today I'd like to introduce you to Fay with Stitch by Fay! She was born in the UK and her family moved to New Zealand when she was 3. She lives in New Zealand with her partner and their 13 year old son, as well as their "high maintenance cat" and their son's pet mice.

I asked Fay how she began her crochet designer journey. "To be honest I have no idea how I got here. I've been crocheting for about 9 years now, so designing felt like the next step and a natural progression of my crochet journey. As an amigurumi artist I also have quite the collection of toys; So, designing allows me to still make cute things, but my creations also serve more of a purpose."

Fay is a completely self-taught crochet artist. "I learnt everything from Google and YouTube. Unfortunately, I don’t remember exactly what inspired me to learn. The first time I tried, I just couldn’t get it. So, I actually gave up on it and it wasn’t until a few years later that I decided to try again. The rest is history! I only recently started designing seriously earlier this year. Previously I’d dabbled a little bit and put out a few free patterns here and there, but I hadn’t really thought about being a designer until now."

And, seriously, you need to check out her designs! I've always been amazed by amigurumi and the smaller patterns; Fay's designs are amazing! Here are a few to check out on her website (the patterns are free on her website or you can purchase an inexpensive pdf).

I asked Fay what inspired her to begin designing, "I felt like I’d finally learned enough over the years that I had something to contribute to the crochet community." And what continues to inspire her? "My family. My son has been pressing me for ages to sell some of my patterns. I must say it is rather nice to be able to contribute financially or at least buy more yarn with my own earnings. I also just love crochet; while I find it hard sometimes coming up with new designs, when I do, it’s extremely rewarding."

This is a crochet piece that Fay is most proud of!
This is a crochet piece that Fay is most proud of making.

Her favorite part of designing, "Seeing everyone’s creations from my patterns. It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Plus I get to play with yarn all day."

Fay's biggest piece of advice is "practise and patience. It takes time to learn a new skill and nobody gets good overnight. I know I certainly didn’t."

When asked about other hobbies, she says, "I’ve pretty much been crafty my whole life. I used to be an avid sewer before crochet took over and I also enjoy cross stitching. Aside from that, I'm a bit of a gamer and I also love to read."

To learn more about Fay and her designs, please visit her at her website: https://stitchbyfay.com. You can also visit and follow her at the following links:

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Thank you for taking the time to learn about my friend. Please show her some love by visiting her links at any of the links above and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thank you!

~Stacy J 💕

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