Welcome to the first post of 2012 for our Urban Entrepreneurs series, where we feature sellers of any kind who have decided to take the plunge (with the help of some UT designs) and start their own small biz. Today embroidery takes a turn for the mystical, with the dark and crafty creations of Magical Monk Bags.
Magical Monk bags is the crafty business of owner Mk Beckley, who like many crafters, started it as a hobby but soon saw it grow into a business. Beckley’s designs often feature the dark, the mystical and the magical, all on handmade eco-friendly totes.
Read on to find out more about Beckley’s business…
What started you into embroidery?
My mother, grandmother and great grandmother who were all crafty women; I’ve had needle and thread in my hand as long as I can remember. I started out just stitching the outlines that my mother would trace on cloth for me.
Where did you first find Urban Threads?
In an email that a friend sent me in 2008, she wanted me to stitch a raven, I think, on a tote bag for her. I’ve been hooked on Urban Threads ever since.
Describe your shop. What kind of stuff does Magical Monk Bags offer?
I make eco-friendly, simple messenger bags. What makes them different are the kinds of embroidery and even colors I use. I even make monk bags for men by special request.
What made you take the plunge into starting your own business?
Necessity as employment is hard to find these days; power bills need to be paid. I’m happy to have found something that I can do to help my family! What started as a hobby now pays the bills.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since you began?
To have patience not only with myself but with my clients too. It can sometimes be challenging to work with clients going back and forth via emails, but some of my best work has been with custom orders.
Where would you like to see your shop in one year?
I would be very happy if I could just double the amount of business for this year compared to 2011, and maybe do a few craft shows as well !
I love seeing the mystical side of embroidery come out, it’s not very common outside of Urban Threads, and it’s great to see a store that takes the magic and really runs with it! I would be very happy toting around one of Mk Beckley’s beautiful handmade bags. Wouldn’t you?
Check out these bags and more in her Etsy shop!
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