Kristen Crumbley has only been building her batik business since I featured her on Go Ask Mom way back in March.
The mom of two in Raleigh was looking for a creative outlet and a new career after her second child was born. That outlet came about after taking a chance with a kit to make a batik T-shirt. Batik is a process that involves making colored designs on fabrics using dyes and wax.
The first T-shirt was a mess, but she kept at it, practicing daily and eventually opening up an Etsy shop called KC Batik where she sells her perfected creations.
Since I last featured her, Crumbley tells me that she's continued to create hundreds of T-shirts for friends, family and perfect strangers. Her Etsy following has picked up and she now holds one of the top spots for "batik tee shirt" on the site. Yoga studios have bulked ordered from her.
She's created tank tops for a women's boutique in Tennessee. And she is now working with another boutique owner in North Carolina who would like to work with her on an exclusive clothing line for the store. Themed birthday shirts, where kids wear their matching batik tees to a party, are gaining steam. And she's made matching tees for parents and kids.
And, while batik T-shirts are the most popular, she's branched out doing batik on other fabrics, including aprons, pillowcases, pillow covers, sweatshirts, dresses and more.
"My shirts are now worn by people far and wide across the U.S. from N.C. to Alaska!" she tells me. "This still baffles me! I have participated in three juried arts/crafts shows with plans to sign up for more in the near future. I still have high hopes of creating a boutique [where you can] batik your own T-shirt for all to enjoy my love of batik!"
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