Maker Monday v. III - Liesl of Buckaloo View

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope your week has been off to an amazing start. 

I am so excited to share this Maker Monday post with you all. This week's creative is Liesl from Buckaloo View. I first stumbled upon her work on Instagram (Instagram is seriously amazing when it comes to discovering amazing people!). As I looked through her blog, I fell in love with her whole aesthetic and how she used natural dyes to hand dye yarn. I hope you enjoy learning more about this amazing woman!

If we were able to have this conversation in a cute little coffee shop, what would you be drinking? Coffee, tea, or neither?

I'd say coffee. I like mine with a lot milk. 

The only way that I will drink coffee is with a lot of milk, as well. :)

When you were younger, what did you enjoy creating and making?

It's hard to say one specific thing, especially as I was younger. I actually drew more when I little. As I got older, I kind of fell in love with drawing up floor plans for houses. Then I got into sewing. I really enjoyed embroidery. I used thread since I didn't have any embroidery floss. Older people would tell me I had so much patience. At the time, I thought they were silly. Now that I'm older, I get what they were saying! You look at your time very differently when you are young.

I used to love drawing floor plans as well! I always made sure to include some sort of trap door or secret room. Like you said, you look at things differently when you're young.

Tell us a little bit about what you make/do. What led you to choose that path? What first interested you in natural dyeing?

I started sewing when I was in my late teens, then tried to learn to knit many times through my twenties but it just never stuck. When it finally did, four years ago, I became obsessed. Then wondered what it'd be like to spin yarn and especially to dye it. Since I've always had a love for the natural world and gardening, I guess I wondered what it'd be like for yarn and plants to meet. Right now, that's what I'm focusing on mostly. I do sew a bit still but mostly I knit, dye and now design knitting patterns.

On your blog, you talk about your grandmother and your farm. What role do they play in your creativity and inspiration?

Up until a couple of years ago, I don't think they played a very large role. But my life has changed dramatically in the last couple of years and so have my perspective and goals. I realize I want to make a future here, bring my family farm back to life. It's hard not to be fueled by the people that lived and worked here on this farm before me, living a simple but full life, gently, with determination and pride.

What are your dreams for the future of your farm and business?

Diversity. I have a lot of different interests and things I'd like to do here in the future--like raising honey bees, milking goats and making soap, raising sheep for their wool and offering home raised fiber and handspun yarn. Overall, I want Buckaloo View to be a modern take on a family farm. So many of my family members and friends have a deep history here and I want them to feel like they are part of the future here, too.

This sounds like such a wonderful dream! I love how you want to include your family and friends as well.

Where do you most like to create? What does your creative process/daily routine look like?

I'm a classic Taurus--when I work, I work hard. And when I'm lazy, oh boy am I lazy. So in the summer, I love being outside. I usually get a dye pot going early, just outside the barn and while it simmers, I tinker away in the barn or work in the garden. Then, come winter, I sink into a cozy armchair, with a dog at my feet and a cup of tea or coffee within arm's reach and just knit knit knit.

Any tips for someone looking to start their own business?

Know your worth. I spent too long undervaluing myself, not charging enough for my goods. It's surprisingly easy, when you love what you do. If you work for yourself, especially from home, make rules and schedules, and stick with them! It's so easy to have the lines blur and you could be wasting time working when you should be spending with family or you could find yourself procrastinating work, and instead busying yourself with household chores. 

Lastly, if you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Northern islands have always intrigued me: Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Faroe Islands. As well as all of Scandinavia. The landscapes in these places are so beautiful and the resilience and hardiness of the people impress me.

Liesl, thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions! I so enjoyed getting to know you better, and I am sure anyone who reads this will agree.

If you liked this interview, you can check out Liesl's shopblog, Instagram, and pattern designs.