Here at Twig & Horn, we enjoy sourcing and designing tools that are beautiful and functional. And as makers, we find ourselves captivated by a multitude of crafts—dabbling in a variety of media and delighting in seeing where there are crossover applications of form and function. Today, we’re excited to introduce you to a maker who has experimented across many types of crafts: meet Vera Tempelmans Plat, creator of the Copper Cable Needle.
Tell us a little about yourself—what got you into making? What made you decide to start your own business?
I had a very creative mother and growing up she taught me how to work in many different mediums. We even had our own small shop full of handmade items in Quebec after immigrating from the Netherlands. Through the years, while teaching art and raising a family, I went through many different creative chapters. I’ve done painting, sculpting, functional and decorative pottery, sewing, knitting, crochet, ink making and of course jewelry design.
After participating in numerous craft shows and gallery shows for more than 25 years, I thought the next logical step would be to branch out to e-commerce. This also allowed me to concentrate more on the creative process while not having to travel around to shows. I started an Etsy shop in 2010 and launched a website earlier this year and now I’m selling items around the world!
Do you feel you have a particular style in your designs? How would you describe them?
My style is constantly evolving and changing. I would say now what inspires me the most is simple and modern with a touch of nostalgia. I’m also very conscious of using recycled materials whenever possible.
Tell us a little about your creative process—where do your ideas come from?
Often my creative process starts with materials on hand, the thought of an item for a specific task and a design or texture that I observe in nature. The Copper Cable Needle started as a simple spiral sweater pin and developed into a more practical elongated crochet or knitting pin.
Do you have a favorite kind of material to work with? What do you like most about working with this material?
I enjoy working with recycled wire and vintage metals. Most metals like copper and silver can be cut, heated, forged and shaped. Hammering metal is very therapeutic.
Is there a craft that interests you that you haven’t tried yet?
The Cricut was a Christmas present from my children, and I have yet to explore the lengths at which I can use it to create textures and designs to incorporate into my jewelry designs.
Is there anything else you would like to say about creating the Copper Cable Needle?
The Copper Cable Needle was originally designed as a stitch holder for my knitting and as a pin to hold my crochet knitting ring and stitch markers on my work. I also use a Copper Cable Needle as a pin on my pashmina while knitting outside on cool summer evenings.
We hope you enjoyed learning about Vera and her adventures in making. Discover her latest collaboration, the Copper Cable Needle, now available at Twig & Horn. Follow her along on social media at @itsverastudio and browse her unique pieces on her Etsy store.