Introducing Helen Heasman from Helen’s Little Flower Shop
Discovering new makers is one of the joys of shopping on Folksy, and our New Week New Maker feature is an opportunity to introduce you to a shop that has recently opened on Folksy that you might not have come across before. This week it’s the turn of Helen’s Little Flower Shop, a delightful oasis filled with tiny crochet wildflower brooches, created and run by Helen Heasman in Birmingham.
Inspired by nature and the world around her, Helen weaves joy into every wearable piece she makes. One of the things that makes buying from Helen extra special is that every order is sent out in a beautiful bespoke hand-crafted box, with a thoughtful quote chosen just for that piece.
We spoke to Helen to learn more about her inspiration and imagination…
“I seem to have the ability to recreate most things I see with a hook and yarn.”Helen’s Little Flower Shop
Where do you get your inspiration?
Nature is my inspiration and the desire to create beautiful crochet. Nothing sparks my creative mind more than seeing a wildflower pop up in the little nooks and crannies around the city. When I walk into my garden each flower makes me sigh with contentment.
Have you always been creative?
I’ve always loved to get lost in the world of crafts and have the kind of nature that demands I do my best at everything I try. Crochet really has become my true art, though. I seem to have the ability to recreate most things I see with a hook and yarn. I love making the flowers and all the packaging is like journaling with junk – another thing I love to do.
It can take me hours to find the perfect quote for a flower but it’s something I adore doing.Helen’s Little Flower Shop
Each of your pieces comes with a quote. How do you choose which one to include?
My quotes come from a lifetime of being a book obsessive. Most I just remember and then go and look for them. I adore Shakespeare and have read The Complete Works, so many come from him. I also have a passion for poetry and nature, so I spend many hours finding quotes that inspire me. It can take me hours to find the perfect quote for a flower but it’s something I adore doing.
What’s been your favourite creation?
My favourite? Goodness me, I think that’s impossible to say but the one I’m most proud of has to be a jacket I made from a fruit garden blanket pattern by Janie Crow. I played with the blanket pattern and turned it into a jacket. I made it in lace yarn that my friend hand dyed for me and it took me a year to complete!
What’s next for your business? Or are you content where you are?
Next for my business? Well, as long as I can spread a little joy that’s all I can ask. The gift of creating and loving what I make, and other people buying what I make, is really all that matters to me.