Welcome!

Several months ago, I began to feel the need for a change in my creative life. Up until now, my business name was Melmaria Designs, and it wasn't working. I began selling my handicrafts in early 2011, along with patterns to make them. My blog grew over the past 6 years, but I felt unfocused and stretched. Melmaria Designs wasn't working for me anymore - I didn't like the name, and I needed to figure out what I was going to do with my business. 

After this realization, I began to work on a rebrand. What you see here, on this website, is the result of that hard work! The first to change was the business name - I decided to remain myself, Melody Fulone, working with fiber and textiles. This venture is more of an extension of myself than anything I've done so far, and I'm excited to practice authenticity in everything I make and do here. 

crochet doilies

For those of you who are new here, here's a bit of my creativity story. Around age ten or so, I began to develop a strong affinity for all things yarn. My mother taught me simple crochet stitches, and I soared. There was nothing I could not crochet! The sky was the limit! (Okay, I did have to rein myself in a little bit. There's a limit. Crochet toilet paper covers? I draw the line.)

In my late teens I began to design my own patterns, and eventually opened an Etsy shop selling my creations. I gained a lot of experience, and over time was able to narrow down what I really enjoy doing. At the same time, my skills increased, and I had a hard time sticking to just one medium. I now enjoy weaving, macrame, and embroidery, along with knitting and crocheting. 

From my first giant commission for  Nando's  on College Park in Chicago (go see it!).

From my first giant commission for Nando's on College Park in Chicago (go see it!).

In the spring of 2015, I received a commission to create lampshades for a Nando's Peri-Peri location. I created over a dozen jute lampshades and painted them all by hand. It was an amazing experience and one that solidified my desire to be a fiber artist.

In the summer of 2016, I was asked to display my work at a local coffee/flower/art shop. I was taken aback. Me? Display my work? But I'm not an artist...am I? My beautiful friend Liz begged to differ. It was she who helped me realize that I am indeed an artist, and I have slowly begun to change my way of thinking. She helped me put together a beautiful gallery there, and I even got to teach a weaving workshop.

apotheca fiber art display

Today I am striving to further realize my dream of being a fiber artist. I want to further explore the world of textile art and continue to hone my skills to create beautiful, innovative fiber artwork. 

mountain weaving

So, welcome to the newest step! I have a pattern subscription program, a how-to-crochet course via Skillshare, a shop for my artwork, and so much more coming. Thank you for stopping by!

Tis the Season of Shopping Handmade

Every year I add a few items to my Etsy shop, and this year is no exception! I'm excited about this year - I created a lot of weavings and necklaces over the summer and am excited to make them available to the world. The weavings are ready-to-hang and come with their dowel or piece of driftwood included, and the necklaces are all the same size and easy to wear. (They're also SUPER trending right now, if I may be so bold.) tis the season to shop handmade

tis the season to shop handmade

Enjoy! If they're not your cup of tea, feel free to share with a friend. Shopping handmade and items made in the USA by local artisans is always a good idea. Plus, Small Business Saturday is in a few days - the perfect time to settle in with a hot cup of tea and a warm blanket and do some Etsy browsing. While you're on my page, check out my favorites - I've come across some beauties.