Sarah Archers Bestiched in Murphysboro offers crochet and unique local news gifts

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Your first project was supposed to be a scarf, but the finished project started about eight inches wide and ended about three times as wide. She said she had improved a lot and now describes herself as a “fairly advanced” pacemaker with one limitation.

“I don’t do much of the traditional detail work – doilies and the like.”

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Instead, she does what she calls “a more modern crochet” and often creates objects such as animals and creatures – what the Japanese call “amigurumi”. Right now, tiny stuffed owls with graduation caps are a popular product, she said.

Her work ranges from small items – snowmen, baby shoes, hats, and lip balm holders for kitchen towels to much larger projects. She also does custom crochet.

“The most complicated and time-consuming items today are probably the larger cuddly toys just because they involve a lot of detail,” she said, pointing to an 18-inch mermaid figure. “They each take about 12 to 15 hours.”

Archer says that with her new location, she’s starting to crochet items that could appeal to anyone who walks through the door.

“I’m going to create things that are more comic-book-style or more pop-culture,” she said. “I’m working on a big muddy monster right now.”

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