{Meet a Member} Lynn Minney Designs

Lynn Minney of Lynn Minney Designs resides in Central New York with her husband of 9 years, Les, and their daughter, Claire.

* How did you get started in your chosen craft and what do you enjoy most about it?

After a long hiatus from machine sewing, two years ago I found a magazine article about making bags out of felted sweaters. I made one for my sis and I was hooked. Fast forward two years and now I am running my own business. I love it and I’m totally hooked. I wish I had more time to sew and go thrifting, but I have to do the 9-5 thing. I enjoy the freedom. I am so fortunate because my business blends three things I love: creating, recycling and independence 😉

* What inspires you?

I get inspiration from bags that I see in a stores and create a unique item with a history, more color & texture. I also carry a small sketchbook with me in my bag because ideas sometimes flood me & I can’t remember all of them :) Furthermore, I’m inspired by the clothing, fabrics & buttons that I’ve collected.

* How do you make your craft or Etsy store eco-friendly?

I create accessories from wool sweaters, jeans and neckties. I am constantly on the lookout for articles of clothing that would make a special purse, brooch, etc. I am really excited about my recent purchase of compostable mailers (how geeky am I)?!

* In one word, describe your creative process.


*What do you listen to while you’re working?

When I’m sewing I listen to a mixed bag of music (or sometimes Disney movies) from classic rock and country to contemporary christian. You should see my itunes library!

* How has crafting impacted your life?

Crafting is in my blood. My family is full of women who sew. My Grandma Jennie taught me to use a sewing machine at a young age & I also learned how to sew by hand in 4-H. I studied design in college, so I’ve never stopped creating things. I’ve always loved to sew by hand and have made everyone in my family a Christmas stocking.

* Where does the magic happen?

The “magic” happens in my office/sewing/playroom which happens to be a bit of a hot mess. It’s not pretty, but it will be someday! Unfortunately I have to do all of my cutting & ironing in my dining room, so I have to do a lot of running around.

* What are you currently working on?

I am working on a couple of new products for my shop… aprons, coasters and potholders. I’m trying to build up my stock in anticipation of my first craft show. Yay!!!

* What is the most eco-friendly purchase you have made?

I buy eco-friendly items all of the time, so it’s hard to single out one. If I had to choose one it would be this Rosemary Shampoo Bar from Sheri’s Soap Opera.

Every time I head out to do my weekly shopping I am looking for a better eco-friendly product. If money were no object I would purchase an electric car or solar panels for my home.

* Where else can you be found online?

store: etsy.com/shop/LynnMinneyDesigns

blog: LynnMinneyDesign.wordpress.com

facebook: http://on.fb.me/lynnminneydesigns

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  1. So nice to meet more members of the team in this personal way!

  2. Yay, Lynn! I LOVE Lynn’s designs! So beautiful!

  3. Great article! It’s nice to learn a bit more about you, Lynn, and your artistic inspiration. I admire anyone who can sew, and I love how you integrate diverse repurposed materials like sweaters, jeans and ties into your work!

  4. You quite welcome, Lynn! You’re a very talented person! You’ve inspired me to use the couple dozen vintage sheets I have sitting in my storage room!

  5. Really nice article. Thanks for sharing your story!!!

  6. Thank you, Susan. I’m so excited to be a member of the team!