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Meet Monica Burton of Rosemary & Gingham in Dacono

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monica Burton.

Monica, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Growing up my mom was always cross-stitching. She used to take her pieces of artwork with her everywhere. While waiting for my sister and I to finish up our dance lessons, she would be sitting there, watching us and cross-stitching. She would cross-stitch during our piano lessons, while we watched movies, swimming lessons, etc. For the longest time, my sister and I would lovingly laugh at how often my mom would be cross-stitching. During this time, I learned to cross-stitch. It was something fun to learn, but never really grabbed me.

Then, in January 2019, I randomly picked up a DIY embroidery kit at the craft store and decided to give it a go. Now that I had a child of my own, I found this form of art incredibly relaxing. I had already been working on drawing and calligraphy as a fun creative outlet, but there was something about this kind of art. It was relaxing and easy to take with me everywhere. I finally understood why my mom had been so obsessed with it all of those years before. Just a couple of months into learning my new craft, I decided to start my business. I started with custom portrait hand embroideries, then I added in cute little subversive pieces, and then I started making DIY embroidery kits. I’ve had so much fun trying different styles of embroidery and other various fiber arts!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My biggest struggle has been balancing my new small business with being a stay at home/homeschooling mom. I still struggle with that. Aside from that, pricing is a huge struggle! In the past, I’ve had a terrible habit of underpricing myself and not actually making a profit of any kind on my various art forms. I’ve really had to focus on why I started this in the first place and how much my time is worth. I still struggle with this a little bit, but I’m doing much better now!

Please tell us about Rosemary & Gingham.
I started out as just a hand embroiderer. I turn my custom drawn portraits (individual or family) into beautiful pieces of hand embroidery. I also make cute little subversive pieces. One of my favorite pieces is an original drawing I made from a photo I took of a well-known building in Kansas City. I took that drawing and turn it into a handmade embroidery. I also make DIY embroidery kits with my own designs. I’ve recently expanded into other forms of fiber art such as macramé, weaving, and clothes mending. I am hoping to host some embroidery and clothes mending workshops soon! Everything I sell is hand made by myself or my “silent partner”, my sister Jessica. I love that even though we are hundreds of miles away from each other, we have this common thread that binds us together.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I think if I had to start over, I wish I had started much earlier. Learning more of the art and becoming a true expert. I have terrible “imposter syndrome” so I always feel that I’m not doing well enough. I think if I had slowed down just a little, and learn more techniques, in the beginning, I would feel like less of an imposter. I’ve learned a lot so far, but I have a lot more to learn!!

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