August 11, 2007

Featured Artist Brian from BrileyKnits

Who Are You?
My name is Brian. I am 33 years old, and single. I recently relocated to NH from Boston in order to return to school, and change careers.

Where can I find you?

My Blog:

My free knitting patterns:

My Needle case shop:

What do you craft?

I've always done some sort of art/craft work, and it has varied and evolved over the years. In the last couple years I have been mainly a knitter and crocheter. When the demands of my professional life caused me to have less time for my creative life I wanted to find something with less set up/clean up. Not only did the needle arts provide this, but they are portable. My needle cases and organizers developed from there. I made the first one for me, the next one as a gift, before I knew people were constantly asking me to sell them one.

What do you love about your craft?

Wow, how do I narrow it down? I love the way I can be so enrapt in a project it's like nothing else exists. I love than when I am done with a project, not only do you get that special sense of satisfaction, but you have a great gift, or fun and practical item for yourself. I also love the way knitting works the same way my mind works- to the point that sometimes I find myself designing, or reconstructing a pattern in my dreams!

What makes you unique?

I think most men in our culture are afraid to cross the imaginary line into a craft commonly considered to be a feminine one. A male perspective on these arts in modern times is still fairly unique.

What do you love about your business?

I love providing a quality, useful product at prices lower than you can find at a retail store (even for the mass produced items) and that I am able to customize them for the taste and needs of the individual.

What kids items do you specialize in?

My new line of bath puppets (found on my free patterns page) are great kids items, and what parent doesn't love making bath time less of a chore? The selection is fairly small, right now, but I will be designing more in the fall.

Comments from HHQ: I can honestly say that Brian's talent is amazing, I have seen his creations and they are wonderful and his attention to detail is superb! So nice to have another crafter of his caliber live locally!


  1. The bath puppets are tooo cute! Everything is wonderful! It's outstanding of you to introduce us to other artists like this! *HUGS*

  2. Love your blog! You've been tagged. Read my blog to find out why: http://www.hipkidtshirts.blogspot.ccom.

    All the best

  3. Great feature!! His stuff is awesome!

  4. Great interview! I love the bath puppets!

  5. Love those bath puppets! Thanks for a great interview, Jodi.


  6. Hey, I tagged you...hope it may help bring a little more traffic to your blog and more attention to Etsy. Check my latest blog entry to see what I mean. Have fun!
    Peace, Sue

  7. what a nice interview! i love discovering new sellers. very nifty -- so talented!

  8. Love it! I think its awesome he is doing whathe does. Great stuff too!Thanks for doing this feature :)