Ever since I was little, I would watch my grandma crochet and would aspire to be able to create the things that she once created.
Crochet is a needlework technique performed using a crochet hook with a fibre or other similar material. Each delicate stitch is beautiful and unique to Haida Gwaii. “Ever since I was little, I would watch my grandma crochet and would aspire to be able to create the things that she once created” she says.
After her grandma passed away Allanah followed through on her aspirations by going through many years of trial and error, watching YouTube videos, reading crochet books, watching other people online to try and explain how to crochet and eventually got the hang of it and started creating things for her friends, she states of her journey in healing and following in her grandma’s stitches.
You have to start somewhere and the gratification is quick and the smiles come faster. “I really enjoy being able to gift my things to people who I know that will enjoy them” she says.
Alannah recently showed off her handmade wares at one of the islands winter craft fairs, and her stunning creations light up the eyes of young and old alike. Many children beamed with excitement and instinctually reach out with energetic arms to grasp her creations and look at them closer. She created an immersive experience with her table full of illustrative wonder on handmade chimneys and trees that adorned her crocheted creations.
Like other artists, she describes how getting lost in the process is often easily achieved and results in exceptionally inspired creations which is truly a delight to witness!
If you have ever had the pleasure of seeing her hand made creations in person, you can see this journey in each stitch.
Just as high as happiness takes her, so does the lows of having to pull out a row or two of completed stitches because one was missed, or having to sew all the tiny pieces together, and working through the anxiety that builds up as a piece comes together.
Either way, Allanah looks forward to seeing how her creation turns out.
“Each piece is unique and not quite uniform but that’s what I like about them. They all have their own little character and personality about them” she says of her knarly stuffie’s.
They are as unique as their maker!