In 2004, National Dog Day was founded by animal advocate, Colleen Paige, a leading expert on pet and family lifestyle. Today we enjoy this “unofficial” holiday about mans best friend in many different and creative ways.
Instead of complaining about the dog days of August, let’s celebrate National Dog Day. I interviewed a central Ohio fiber artist and creative designer, Angela Doherty, about her passion for designing signature cup cozies for dog lovers. In simpler terms she is a crocheter who focuses on putting puppy faces on travel mugs and creating 3-D cup cozies of dogs.
How long have you been crocheting?
“I have been crocheting for 9 years. I’m self taught by watching You Tube videos.”
What gave you the idea to start making 3D dog cup cozy’s?
“My first cozy was made for my parents as a Christmas present. I wanted their gift to be special and from the heart so I designed a treat jar cozy to resemble their dog Mickey. From their it has taken on a life of it’s own.”
What other types of crochet do you do?
“I love doing traditional crochet too. I love the feel of the hook and yarn in my hands and watching projects develop. I make blankets, I buy stools at estate sales and recover them with unique covers. I just finished baby sandals and booties. The list goes on and on.”
Where do you get your inspiration for each new dog?
“I get my inspiration for each new dog cozy from seeing dogs on my evening walks or on the internet in various dog groups. I can no longer look at a dog without imagining how I could recreate it in yarn!”
What would you like to do in crochet that you haven’t done yet?
“I would like to publish a book with my cozy patterns.”
Do you tend to sell more finished cup cozies or more of the patterns you design?
“I think I will eventually sell more patterns when I have more available.”
Are there any pros and cons of selling your item?
“The cozies take so long to make and I can’t charge enough for my time. That’s why I’m writing the patterns.”
So you are relatively new at selling your cup cozy dog patterns, tell me about the kind of orders you’ve had or in house businesses and where you sell the finished product?
“The patterns are selling really well. Some people are buying all of them! They are making them as gifts for their family and friends. The cozies are selling well too. I have two wholesale vendors that sell them in their boutiques now.
One reached out to me from Canada. I cannot keep my Etsy store stocked. People just love their dogs so much they are going crazy for these cozies. It is really exciting.”
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your business and how it is booming right now.
Doherty is finding it a challenge to keep up with the demand of customers wishing to purchase her cute cup cozies. When asked about the farthest place she has received and order, she showed me a photo of two dogs she was currently customizing for a family in Australia. You may follow on her Etsy and Ravelry shops.