A Conversation with Rae Hoekstra, Founder of the sewing blog, Made by Rae
This week Vickie interviewed Rae Hookstra, the founder of the wildly successful sewing website, Made by Rae. She and Rae talked about how leaving her former career as a Physics teacher to focus on being a mom inadvertently lead her to start the blog that would ultimately redefine her professional path. They 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.
Rae Hoekstra has loved to sew ever since her mom taught her when she was young. She began her sewing blog, Made by Rae, shortly after leaving her job as a high school physics teacher to stay home with her first child. Her website is now a popular spot for DIY and sewing tutorials and has a large and enthusiastic audience.
Rae spends her work time sewing, blogging, and designing sewing patterns for the home sewist. She designed four fabric lines for Cloud9 Fabrics and has taught an online Creativebug workalong called “Sewing for Little Ones.” Her sewing patterns include the Parsley Pant, Charlie Tunic, Flashback Tee, and Geranium Dress sewing patterns for children and Beatrix, Ruby, Bianca, Luna Pants, and the popular Washi Dress for women. She also has an extensive collection of free online sewing tutorials and patterns on her blog.
Rae has hosted a number of popular online sew-alongs and events on her website, including the Spring Top Sewalongs, KNITerviews (tips and interviews with fellow bloggers about sewing with knit fabric), and Celebrate the BOY. She hosts local Sew Ann Arbor sewing nights and teaches the occasional sewing class at her studio in downtown Ann Arbor.
Rae lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband and three children.
Rae on Instagram & Twitter: @madebyrae
Produced by: Vickie Howell
Edited & Mixed by: Dave Campbell
Music Provided by: Explosions in the Sky
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