It is our pleasure to introduce Helen Orombi of ElegantCrochets as this week's Featured Artist. Helen crochets a wide variety of apparel and accessories from her home in Pennsylvania.

creamy offwhite oversize crochet cardigan sweater by ElegantCrochets
Offwhite Kimono Cardigan
Special offer:
Coupon Code FIRSTIME10 for 10% off in Helen's shop.
Introduction to you:
I am Helen, originally from Uganda, came to the US for graduate studies and I have been here for 14 years now. I live in Philadelphia where I studied theology and psychology subsequently, I am a marriage and family therapist by profession but last year I took a Sabbatical from practice to replenish myself. Self -care is one of the most important practices for a therapist and crocheting/knitting is very therapeutic and restorative for me.
olive green crocheted scarf fringe wrap by ElegantCrochets
Green Crocheted Scarf with Fringe
How did you get your start on Etsy?
I have always crocheted for friends and family, I started at the age of 10. My mother taught me how to knit, crochet, and embroider, but crochet has always been my first love. She would bring me a completed project and ask me to make it, thus I learnt how to crochet by sight. I can read crochet charts but not patterns so I make up my own patterns.   Since I loved crochet, someone suggested I sell on Etsy which I opened in 2007 but didn’t have the courage to put anything up until 2008. I crocheted as a hobby and for therapeutic purpose until Fall of last year. As a therapist I see and hear very difficult things and crochet is a wonderful outlet that helps me process what I have heard and in my own way make sense of it. Some of the pieces were created specifically after a difficult session.  Since last Fall I have been crocheting and knitting fulltime. I begin practice again at the end of the year so my time will be divided between crochet and therapy.  
How did you choose your shop name?
Whenever I would make items for family and friends the feedback I would get was that my work was elegant, so I decided to call my shop elegantcrochets to reflect the style I want to create.
blue green ruano sweater poncho xl crochet by ElegantCrochets
Blue & Green Ruana Poncho
What does a typical day look like for you?
 I am an early bird, a habit I picked up from my boarding school days, so I am up by 4.30- 5:00am, make some coffee, do my devotional and check email. I complete orders that need to go out in the morning that I didn’t get the time to finish from the day before, package them and leave them for the mail lady to pick them up. Between 7 - 9am depending on how much I have to get done, I go out for my morning walks.
By 9am or 10am I’m in my studio to begin the day which includes: filling orders if I have them and if I don’t I create new designs. Creating new designs is my favorite part of my work, choosing the colors, deciding on the shapes and designs, it’s the most restorative part of my process and I feel like I am recreating a part of who I am. If I have a lot of orders, I dedicate one day out of the week just to create a new design and this helps replenish me after a long week of filling orders.  When I am done, I take pictures of my clothing, list items on Etsy and promote them on the teams I am in. I typically spend 8-9 hours a day crocheting/Knitting sometimes more if I have a lot of orders. I do this while watching a good British mystery (my favorites).
Since I am early to rise I also go to bed early, on a typical day I am in bed by 9pm latest 10.
cream flower accented poncho womens handmade crocheted by ElegantCrochets
Cream Flower Poncho
If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?

What is your favorite Bible verse?
Psalm 121

rainbow crochet fringe festival halter top by ElegantCrochets
What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?
That’s a hard one I have two favorites, my colorful halter top
 Kimono sleeve cardigans
Where else can we find you on the Internet?

Comments (9)

On October 23, 2013 at 11:43 AM , Anonymous said...

Oh I absolutely love your elegant crochet creations Helen! I crochet a little bit myself, and I totally agree about the therapeutic and soothing properties of this craft. Lately I have crochetted even on the subway on my way home from work, and by the time I arrive, I have totally unwinded.
Thanks for such a lovely portrait of another great artist! Nelly

On October 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM , KarenW said...

Lots of creative items!

On October 23, 2013 at 4:20 PM , AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love this shop! I have it in my favorites and check back often to see what gorgeous item is new! Someday I hope to purchase something pretty.

On October 23, 2013 at 8:41 PM , sammysgrammy said...

Your work is so uniquely beautiful - it's obvious these designs did not come out of a cookie-cutter book or magazine but are the product of an artistic imagination. Thank you for sharing with us.

On October 24, 2013 at 11:54 AM , Mechelle said...

Wow, she is very talented. Her designs are amazing!

On October 24, 2013 at 2:23 PM , Kelly Bermudez said...

Love the scarf!

On October 24, 2013 at 3:08 PM , Anonymous said...

Gorgeous work! As a fellow crocheter, I can definitely appreciate the time and creativity you put into your work, Helen! Blessings!

On October 24, 2013 at 5:05 PM , Amanda said...

Absolutely lovely crocheted items!

On October 28, 2013 at 9:18 AM , Niki Jackson said...

You have beautiful items! Lovely to 'meet you' Helen x