Craft MNL Profiles: Meet the Gantsilyo Guru
Hello, Profiles section! We’d like you guys to get to know more and more awesome crafters in your neighbourhood. We begin this series with Trey Ajusto, our very own Gantsilyo Guru! Hooked on crochet (or hooked on wanting to learn crochet)? Check out her workshop this coming weekend here. But first, read on. 🙂
How long have you been crafting? What got you started?
I started crocheting in 3rd yr high school (that’s about 10 years ago). I only learned about crocheting because of home economics class. I got pretty interested in the craft because finishing crochet projects felt fulfilling and I like the process. It calms me. It challenges me too. When it comes to selling my crocheted stuff, I only got convinced by a friend to start selling them as accessories. The response was great. I used to crochet in-between jobs to kill time, but now I’m pursuing it full-time. I got big plans ahead so I’m really excited about my future in crochet.
What’s your favorite medium? Why?
Crochet! With a hook and a yarn 🙂 I think crocheting complements my personality. I’m detail-oriented, logical, and organized – somehow, these characteristics are needed in crocheting, especially when you’re designing a project. I also like the process of transforming yarn into something pretty. The possibilities in crochet are endless!
Tell us about your favorite projects.
Wow, it’s like asking parents who their favorite child is 🙂 Well, there was my first project: the 3D christmas tree. This was the one I submitted in my home economics class in high school. It’s a favorite because it showed how interested I was in the craft and because my teacher initially rejected it 🙂 She didn’t believe I made it. I insisted of course. Most of my “firsts” are my favorites – like my first scarf, shawl, amigurumi, and earrings. I think my new favorite is the blanket I’m working on. I’ve never worked this hard on a project. I’m on my 3rd month now on it and it’s my most colorful by far.
What’s the one crafting skill you’ve always wanted to master/learn?
Just crocheting! I’ve pretty much blocked out other crafts probably because I want to become really good in crocheting 🙂 But I’m quite interested in scrapbooking.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on a 4×6 afghan/blanket. It’s a BIG project. It’s made up of 500+ crocheted motifs and has 20+ color combinations. It’s my claim to fame at the moment. I have also started working on new designs for earrings and baby accessories like beanies.
What’s your dream project? What have you done to make it happen so far?
The afghan/blanket is actually a dream project. I didn’t have the guts to do it because the amount of work it takes to finish it. A friend asked me to make it, so that was pretty much my “go” signal to make it. I want to make more afghans/blankets because of this.
Aside from crafting what else do you do?
I just started blogging about my crochet life. I’m also helping out in our family business. I also have plans to grow my crochet stint.
How does creativity influence the other areas in your life?
It helps me get a different perspective on things.
Any advice for other aspiring crafters?
Make time. Keep looking for inspiration. Always think out of the box!
What do you do to beat a ‘creative block’?
I get out of the room and take a walk :p
Give us 3 crafting essentials you must have in your toolbox at all times.
Hook, ball of yarn, scissors.
Why should people get their hands busy (and start crafting)?
Making something on your own is a fulfilling feeling. It can also help you get away from stress and it helps nourish your creative spirit 🙂