Black Girls Craft & Chat: A Touch of Blu Designs

Welcome to this weeks edition of Black Girls Craft & Chat with the super talented Coletta Peterson, owner of A Touch of Blu Designs . Coletta makes beautiful black and brown handcrafted crocheted dolls.  Thank you for sharing your knowledge and beautiful creations with us.


Tell us about yourself

I am Coletta. I currently reside in the state of MI, but I am originally from the South. I miss it every single Winter. I am a mother of 2 teenage girls, who are truly amazing and scary smart and confident. I used to do contract work for the government but after a layoff found myself at home, slowly turning my hobby into a full on business, which I now work, full-time. It has morphed from Greek letter keepsakes to jewelry to crochet, where my true calling is.

How long have you been crafting and what inspired you to get started?

I have been creating in some form or another, ever since I was a little girl. My first memory of me truly creating something by hand was in the early 80’s when I would take my Mom’s (brand new) beaded purses apart and use the beads to make jewelry for the few Black barbies I had. Needless to say, that didn’t go over so well with my mom. I learned to throw clay and embroider in the 3rd grade, which I still do every now and then. But crochet … that’s my Boo. I’ve been crocheting for 3 years and I have been a doll maker for 2.5 of those years. The impetus behind my making Black and Brown dolls of color is simple: Representation Matters. I can vividly remember as a kid how hard it was for my Mom and other family members to find brown dolls, let alone dark brown dolls, for me and my cousins to play with and much it sucked. That is what I hope to have a hand in rectifying. Every child should see themselves in the objects that they cherish and play things are apart of that.

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Keep going. No matter how many set backs you have, no matter the trial and error, keep going. It will all pay off in the end when you finally have that “AHA” moment and everything just *clicks*.

You’re stranded on a desert island. What three craft supplies couldn’t you live without?

My cache of crochet hooks, good yarn and Fairfield brand Polyfil.

Who currently inspires your creativity and why?

My daughters are my current creativity inspiration because they each have their own sense of style and a very unique views of the world that I sometimes translate into yarn.

What “trendy” supply or craft are you loving right now and why?

My Cricut Maker!! It is the BOOOOOOMB!!! I’m loving discovering all of the ins and outs of the machine and figuring out how I can incorporate them into my crochet business.

What do you love most about Black Girls Craft?

The vast amount of talent that is shared! There are some seriously creative women in the group. They are the reason I even wanted a Cricut in the first place. The knowledge that is shared and the support that is given is nice.

When did you start crafting and what inspired you to start? What was your first project?

My first crochet project was a dish towel. It was horrible!! I dropped a stitch at the end of every row so it ended up being so misshapen that I threw it out.

What craft items/tools could you not live without?

My cache of crochet hooks, good yarn, Fairfield brand Polyfil, my tablet where I take notes and my e-books.

What would you say to anyone looking to start a new craft?

Research, research, research. Don’t just jump in and start buying all the supplies for what you want to try. How versatile is this new craft? What will you do with the finished products of this craft? Do you bore easily? Be honest with yourself.

What’s your favorite item you ever made?

That changes day by day, doll by doll, blanket by blanket. But right now, I’m really loving my Binky Bella and Dapper Beau blankets.

Can you show us your crafting space or tell us about it?

My crafting space is an extra room we had in the house that was used as storage. I was working in the living room, hanging out on my favorite corner of the couch but yarn was ALWAYS every where. I finally decided to clean out the storage room and moved my craft stuff in there. There really isn’t much to it: Computer desk, sewing table, craft table with my Cricut Maker and yarn storage underneath and on some steel shelves that were already in the room. Definitely wish “IKEA Pimp my Craftroom” was a thing.

What’s your favorite show, movie or playlist to craft to?

I like to craft in silence. I like to hear the sound of the yarn gliding across my hook and the hum of my Cricut. Plus if I have on Spotify, it’ll just turn into a full blown concert and I’m sure the cat doesn’t want to hear my singing.

Do you have and specific goals for the year?

My main goal this year to actually vend at an event. I have my sights set on a few local events during the summer months and The Detroit Doll Show in the Fall.
How long did it take you to master your craft and what advice do you have for newbies? I’m still mastering crochet. I am a huge proponent of taking classes. If you have to drop some coins to learn something you can’t find on YouTube or a general Google search, drop those coins. It will pay off in the long run.
As far as advice for newbies, join a few different group that focus on your particular craft. Connect with the people in the group, if that’s within your comfort zone. I cannot imagine where I would be, creatively, if I hadn’t connected with my current group of Fiber artists and Black Doll Makers. The support and advise has been tremendous!

What’s your favorite time to craft and why?

Early morning once everyone is out of the house. That way I can crank up the heat, enjoy my coffee in peace and work in silence without the constant barrage of “Mama”s and “Can so-and-so come over’s.

How do you maintain work/ family balance?

I work while the kids are off to school and The Giant is off to work. I usually start at 7, while they are preparing to leave, and wrap things up around 3/4, once they start rolling back in. We eat dinner together every night, do family movie night every Friday and they ignore me on Saturday to hang with their friends. 😉

What are your favorite craft stores/websites?

There is a local store (Munro Crafts) that I get my bulk doll eyes from. I live in Michaels and Joanns. My favorite Etsy shop is Delish Beads and PrettyPinkSupply and HausOfHays.

What else would you like the Black Girls Craft audience to know about you?

I am a Jill of all Trades. I love to bake, especially from scratch. I make a mean Drunk Peach Cobbler and an amazing Sweet Potato Cheesecake. I like to sew, although I am a little rusty, hoping to change that this year. I paint on occasion and I love home improvement.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

I can be found on Instagram @A_Touch_Of_BLU_Designs and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CraftyGreek/

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