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Brands put their hands into selling crafts


Laurie Brand shows yarn, fabric and supplies available at her Gold Beach shop, By My Hand, on Ellensburg Avenue. The Pilot/Valiant Corley

GOLD BEACH – Laurie Brand says business has been good and she’s having the time of her life since she opened By My Hand, a yarn and fabric store at 29795 Ellensburg Ave. a few weeks ago.

Brand said husband Doug was remodeling their house.

“Doug was tearing down our den and I said ‘I need to find some place to put my stuff.’ So Doug says ‘Why not open a shop?’ So I got the store here to knit and do my stuff,” she said.


 She spends the day selling her yarn and fabric and scheduling classes for those wanting to learn or to improve their skills. Classes include quilting, knitting, crocheting, spinning, and then some.

“People say, ‘Laurie, you’re going to burn yourself out open seven days a week.’ But I get to do what I want all day long. I’m having a great time,” she said.

The store is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“I carry yarn, fabric, all the yarns and needles. I’ve got five different kinds of threads. I carry baby yarn. We have knitting classes, quilting, make it and take it classes, boa, scarves, pattern reading. The knitters come on Thursday. The spinners come on Wednesday afternoon.” Brand said.

And husband Doug has his own little shop within a shop inside By My Hand, in between remodeling projects.

He makes earrings out of fishing lures, selling them out of his Mate Bait shop.

“I don’t spend a lot of time here yet. I will spend more after I finish the house,” Doug Brand said.

He said he spent more time thinking up the name than he did in coming up with the idea of the product.

“It just came to me over time,” Doug said.

He takes his product to local shows, where he says he’s had a good response.

“I have two wholesale accounts,” he said. “But it’s fun to think big.”



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