About The Designer

Laura Eccleston

I have been creative all my life and I have had a love of yarn since I was a child. I still remember having this huge bag of second-hand yarn in some crazy 80’s shades, that my sister would often tease me about, but I loved yarn. I was fascinated by how you could make something from just a piece of string. I would often sit happily alone in my room playing with French knitting kits or finger knitting endless worms as well as making friendship bracelets that I used to sell to my friends in school.

I moved a lot as a child and started many new schools so childhood hobbies sadly got put aside for practicalities of life growing up, but my creative background took me on to Art College where I entered into a world of graphic design, working with computers and then the internet as it began to form in its early years. I then went on to spend over 12 years developing skills in computer design and working for some top design agencies in London, but out-priced and dispirited by the rat race of the big city I decided to head back to the rural English countryside, where life changed for the better.

HappyBerry finally began its journey in the Autumn of 2009, just before my daughter came into the world. I had quit working in an office for a very unappreciative boss and decided it was time to re-focus my busy life and re-discover my passion for yarn and traditional crafts. With a desire to make my little girl clothes and toys to play with, I decided to fully immerse myself into crochet. Although a less popular craft in the UK compared to knitting, to me it was easier and quicker, having only one stitch to worry about, and back then I truly believed that crochet would take the UK by storm in time!

However my technical mind came to haunt me as I quickly became frustrated with working with other people’s patterns so I turned within myself for inspiration. I wanted to move away from old fashioned, quite traditional designs to more contemporary designs that other young people would want to try. I wanted, and still want crochet to become something that young people and older people can enjoy together so I started designing, and then I started sharing, not expecting much of a response.

Since 2010 I have been in awe of the scale of my audience with a reach now of over 500,000 people and growing. I never imagine that those first couple of video tutorials that I uploaded simply because I couldn’t explain something well enough in writing, have led me to uploading nearly 400 videos which have been viewed over 55 million times! However, it is still just me behind the computer, behind the hooks and behind the mass of creative nonsense that sits in my notebooks. I value so much each and every one who either just passes through and downloads a pattern or stays to follow my creative madness.

HappyBerry has also gone on to have patterns published in crochet magazines such as Inside Crochet magazine and Mollie Makes. I’ve also designed for DMC Creative and online yarn retailer Deramores, but my true desire will always be sharing my designs for free with whoever wishes to read or watch them.

Thank you everyone for your continuing support, I love you guys! (^-^)

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