I began my sewing career in 2002 when I became enthralled with the magic of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. That was part of the nudge that inspired me to go where I am today. It started a bit earlier than that, in 1994. I watched a live demonstration of 19th Century women's clothing at an historical event. Something was stirred in me at that moment that never left.
In 2006, my sister and I began working at Renaissance Festivals with my (at the time)
small costume booth. Where I not only furthered my business, but I met and fell in love with the man that became my husband that season too. We were married in 2007.
Finally, in 2010, I decided to quit my "day job" and devoted myself
full-time to raising my fledgling business. I made the investment, took out a loan, and purchased a wonderful Viking sewing machine, thus beginning to learn the intricate ins and outs of design and embroidery.
I am a truly self-taught artist, and proud of where I have come from. I am a perfectionist.
It has taken countless hours to learn such an artistic trade from many different sources.
I have spent years honing my skills and fostering my own creativity. I am always learning, and never shy away from a project that is outside of my comfort zone.
I am very fortunate to live in such a creativity-nurturing locale, and even more fortunate to be able to run my own business from home. I am also a full time mother to three beautiful baby girls: Wren, Robin, and Raven.
We have plans to build timber-frame style structure on our property sometime in the next few years
to be used as the new Strike Daekins Studio.
Until then, we will enjoy the little room at the foot of the stairs. My workhorses are two Viking sewing machines, and a Juki serger.
What Inspires Me:
Nature inspires me. Most of my best ideas come from walking in the vast rural area that surround us. History also inspires me. I love to take moments of the past and bring them to life through costume. Or have a hand in the ancient handfasting wedding ritual though my heirloom wedding items. I am inspired by my children's exuberance. By fairy tales. Flora and Fauna, Autumn, and the North. Or, just a good cup of coffee!
And the name?
From the start, I wanted something that was unique. The meaning behind the name of my business
is my family's old name. It actually comes from the family crest featuring three lions, and our motto/battle cry. Which is: "Strike Daekins, the Devil's in the hemp!" Being a lover of Celtic lore, and a purveyor of items with a Medieval and Celtic flare, this lends even more credibility to what I create. I strive to make sure that my designs are one of a kind, and inspiring.
It has been a beautiful ride so far, I look forward to bringing Strike Daekins to many great new places in the future!