A Conversation with Made by Rae Blog Founder, Rae Hoekstra
Sewing Blogger & Made by Rae Founder, Rae Hoekstra
This week I had the pleasure of meeting Rae Hookstra, sewing blogger and the founder of the wildly successful sewing website, Made by Rae. Rae and I swapped stories about how leaving our former careers –hers as a Physics teacher; mine in the entertainment industry — to focus on being moms inadvertently lead us to start craft-based websites that would ultimately redefine our professional paths. We also discussed how the definition of feminism as we were taught it in the 80’s has evolved a bit, and about how her community of sewing followers has greatly influenced the type of business she’s chosen to nurture.
I found Rae to be a creative being who’s also a smart businesswoman, a parent who seems to have her priorities straight, and an interesting person who’s open to hearing and sharing ideas. One of the main reasons I started the CRAFT-ish podcast was so I can pick the brains of other creative entrepreneurs while also sharing the knowledge that came out of our conversations. An the interviewer, this episode was definitely one that I walked away from enriched so I’m excited for listeners to reap the same, human-experience rewards.
Listeners can find CRAFT-ish on iTunes, Soundcloud, or Stitcher. Then go to the Show Notes page to see photos of a few of Rae’s most popular pattern designs, and get links to her shop, sew alongs and more!
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I loved this interview. Rae is someone I wish I knew IRL becuase I feel like we would have a lot to talk about. Anyway I just had to leave a comment here to say that I appreciate the way you, Vickie, go straight to the real issues and topics people like me want to hear about: how parenting fits into a creative life, how feminism is imbued into our lives as mothers and how we make it fit into our own self-perception. As a mother of two and professional in the performing arts, I find all of this fascinating. Thank you for this and for your podcast!!