Welcome to ANDREA DESIGNS. My name is Andrea W., I was born and raised in Lima-Peru, Southamerica. I love to knit, crochet, create things like jewelry, cards, transform the wood cigar boxes in purses, paint glass, they are some many things to do and discover.
I design scarves, ponchos, shawls, baby clothing, head bands, hat and other accessories. I use fine yarn as alpaca, cashmere, angora, Italian and French acrylic, and cotton. I handknit, crochet and hand woven using a loom, sometimes I used a knitting machine.
I was a knitting machine instructor. I did all my clothing, including dresses, jacquets, sweaters, pants, baby clothing, and more. When I got married (27 years ago) and came to the USA, I did not bring my knitting machine with me (big mistake); after several years working as a Call Center Supervisor, I thought I could buy a knitting machine to do stuff for me and my husband, and have my small busniness.
I started to research in my city for places to buy one, I found out in the States, the knitting machines are very expensive, more than $1000 dollars, depending on the brand, and people don't buy them, it was very very difficult to get one in my own city. Surfing in the internet I was able to find a seller 35 miles away from my city, and I bought the knitting machine.
First of all, I wanted to start making scarves, but the end product was not what I was expecting ...because I didn't know were to find yarn in my city, again i started searching the internet for stores, brands, and..I discovered a new world...I fall in love with yarn that I could not use in my knitting machine. In order for me to be able to work with the beautiful yarn I will need to use knitting needles or crochet again, what I learned when I was a teenager in High School.....I design gorgeous scarves, shawls, ponchos, hats, headbands, scarfette using beautiful yarns combining differents colors and textures, that is soft to the skin, light, comfortable, elegant and breath taking.
My goal is reached when my customer is happy with the product she/he has chosen and tells me she was asked... .WHERE DID YOU GET THAT? IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL.!.. I am in the Master Knitter Program to become a Master Knitter.
I was a member of The Artisan Group! The Artisan Group is an elite close-knit community of over 800 talented world- wide artisans, that gifts a collective sampling of handcrafted products to celebrities in Hollywood and members of the press at gift lounges. For more information visit The Artisan Group @ http://www.theartisangroup.org