Trisha Long never intended to open a shop.
Like many crafters, Long said she was working on a personal project and happened to post a picture of the cross stitch she was working on on Facebook, and people seemed to really like it. Long says she got a few orders for some pieces just because she posted that one picture.
The same thing happened, Long says, when she tried her hand at embroidery. She sewed something, posted a picture and someone bought it.
“I just kept going,” says the Yarmouth woman.
Based on her positive experiences, Long founded the company in 2018, Oh snapsthrough which she sells cross-stitch and embroidery work, with embroidery being the most popular.
She says it was easy to name her business.
“I often say ‘Oh snap’ when something happens, good or bad, and since I mostly sell sewing items, I just put the two words together,” says Long.
Creativity comes naturally to Long.
She says her whole life she’s watched her mother, who she thinks is incredibly talented, cross-stitch. Long watched her the whole time and thought the process looked funny, but said she never had the patience to learn it as a child. She says she waited a long time but finally learned the art.
My mom and my then-best friend helped me get started, Long says. That was in 2007 and from then on I was hooked. I’ve been sewing ever since, she says.
As well as being into sewing, Long has always had an interest in crafting in general and says she always has supplies for almost any project.
“I’ve made unicorn headbands for little girls’ birthdays, I’ve done scrapbooking for many years, made cards; I’m always tinkering with new ideas on how to make things,” says Long. Next she wants to learn to crochet.
“There’s no end in sight to my handicrafts,” she says.
Custom orders are definitely Long’s favorite pastimes and she says they keep her very busy.
She loves it when someone contacts her and says, “Do you think you could do this?” My answer is always the same: ‘Let me try!’
Inspiration and ideas about what to do next also come naturally to Long. She says she can sit and watch something and an idea comes to her mind. Popular shows really inspire her when she watches them. Another time she’s outside and an idea pops into her head. Whenever and whatever those ideas are, she writes them down and keeps them in a box for later.
However, their orders tend to be more customized, Long says. She wants to make sure her clients are hands-on during the process. She likes working with them and making sure they have a hand in any decisions that may be made. For example, Long says that when it comes to embroidery, they’ll go over the sizes, what they’re looking for, and what colors they want.
“You get to choose all of their details and I love that part!”
It’s also fun when clients give her creative control, says Long.
“I prefer to work together. When they see the final product, it’s even more magical if they were part of the creation of the piece,” she says.
Crafting is a relaxing thing for me, says Long, despite all the mess it creates! She says while it sounds silly, she feels free when she does it. It’s a way to relax, ignore the world and immerse yourself in art. This was exactly what she needed through COVID.
“Sewing has a calming effect on me. You can leave the TV on or the music on, but you really don’t have to be careful because your hands are busy,” she says.
Another part of crafting is creating your own patterns. Long says she was asked to do a cross stitch pattern for someone a few years ago. It was her first custom pattern for someone else and she would like to try again so she can offer this service more often through her shop.
She enjoys making her own designs and finds that she has a folder full of things she hopes to finish one day. But for now, she says she’s happy and grateful to get all the commissions she does. But it prevents them from creating their own.
Longs hopes that in the future ohsnapstitches can start offering patterns and kits for both cross-stitch and embroidery. She would also like to teach people the art.
Long says she doesn’t run her business as a full-time business. She has a job with books which she says she loves too. So the result is that she does both.
It’s nothing special, says Long. it’s just me
“If you look at my logo, it has a lot of personal touch. My seams too.”