My two best friends and I were staying together for a week during the summer and decided to pull an all-nighter to see the sunrise. Little did we know the havoc that was about to insue. 

My personal crochet business was already taking off. I had a last-minute order to fulfill and enough coffee and Slurpees to power me through.

I had started a huge order, when I finished it, I not only had made everything the wrong colour but the wrong size. [Think: pulling an all-nighter for your final essay and–whoops–your Mac falls into the toilet. Soul crushing. My friends were also in a pit of despair. One of my friends had spilled her coke all over the bed and the other had her summer assignment due that night. Not to mention we had an all out hour-long war with a spider that was *I swear* trying to eat us. 

During all this craziness, my friend said, “Becky you should call your business Crisis Crochet because we're literally in a crisis!” We all burst out laughing but only later would I actually realize that is was a great idea and thus Crisis Crochet was born. 

It perfectly tied into the fact that I would always crochet during my own personal crises. Crisis Crochet has become like a baby for me. In this analogy, my friends are definitely the cool aunts. They help pitch in new ideas for design (and tear some of them down), co-run all of my markets, come up with a lot of my themes, and are my disaster relief team.

Rebecca Collier, Red River Métis Artisan (Enrolled Métis citizen of MNBC & MMF)

Meet Rebecca, Crisis Crochet founder

Hi! I’m Rebecca, I’m a 17 year old Métis artist from Vancouver, Canada! I couldn't ~exactly~ tell you what my art is as I would have to update this page a couple times a day (it's always changing) I’ve been using yarn to make stuff for as long as I can remember but only recently have I rediscovered my love for making things.

I can't remember what or when I started using yarn but some of my earliest works were definitely rainbow loom bracelets, If you grew up in the early 2000’s these were the *thing* In most of our elementary and middle school experience, making these and giving them to my friends had made me absolutely fall in love with making things and I wasn't too bad at making them either (not to brag about my elementary school self). 

After that experience I started bouncing around from craft to craft, getting good at one of them, getting distracted and finding a new hobby to pick up on, but as I got older I started to lose my touch and had distanced myself away from my love for crafts, It wasn't till the start of covid and the discovery of some mental health issues did crafts really become something I thought about again. 

I had really struggled during covid and had desperately been looking for something to pass the time, until my 14th birthday when my mom had accidentally bought me my future cure-all, a crochet set, which upon receiving,  immediately was like “what the hell is this mom?” and tossed it under my bed. But as I was facetiming with one of my friends catching her up on what I was doing, I had decided to just give crocheting a try, long story short, I sucked. And once again threw it under my bed. But I was bored and very frustrated so I just kept doing it, over and over and over again until it just stuck. 

So fast forward to the summer of 2021 I had started creating more and more things, giving and selling them to my friends and family which had skyrocketed my confidence in my craft, when I decided to give opening up a shop a try. 

Since then, I’ve been bouncing around with different crafts and just making whatever I feel like, sharing them with other people and hoping they like it enough to buy it (so far it has worked pretty well). 

Our store

Crisis Crochet goes through a lot of different changes but one of the few that I’ve decided to stick to as one of my principles is using only natural yarn, which if you’re not a complete yarn nerd like myself, it simply means not using acrylic (plastic) yarn, in more than 50% quantity. A couple of reasons why I don’t like working with it is because of its rough texture and inability to break down.

With everything I make, I try to be honest about it and put my best energy into it.

I've now figured out that I would rather make less money by using biodegradable packaging than cheaper alternatives, and with changes like that soon my business has became like a reflection of me. 

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