5 Questions w. Becca of BeccToBasics
Becca is a follower-turned-friend of The MORI Club. We are beyond honored to work with her & BeccToBasics on this one-off custom crochet shrug in the iconic MORI Orange for the Anniversary 22' lookbook.
Tell us about yourself and your work.
Hello there! I’m Becca, and I run a small local business called “BeccToBasics” where I sell my handmade crochet items, ranging from keychains to wearables!
It is currently a side business for me as I am also working full-time as a marketing executive, and running this small business gives me the amazing opportunity to channel my creative energy into something besides work.
How did you get started with crocheting?
I’ve always had a knack for creative hobbies such as cross stitching and calligraphy, and decided to pick up crochet during the circuit breaker period in Singapore.
I wanted to pick up a hobby that was more challenging and versatile than cross stitching, but still easy enough where I could learn without taking a class, and crochet seemed like the perfect hobby for that!
I began by doing some basic preliminary research and headed to the Spotlight at JEM to pick up a crochet hook and some yarn. My first project was a paw print crochet coaster, and I followed a Youtube tutorial to make it.
In hindsight, this was quite a complicated project for a beginner as it used multiple stitches. Needless to say, I was quite confused at the start; I even strained my thumb in the process because I was holding the yarn incorrectly.
But I stuck with it and 2 years later, here we are! (/◕ヮ◕)/
What inspired you to start Becctobasics? Do you still feel the same way?
My mother had always encouraged me to start my own small business as she has watched me pick up crafts and hobbies since young, but I never took that leap in the past as the thought of doing so overwhelmed me. On top of that, I always grew bored of my past hobbies.
However, when it came to crocheting, something about it really kept me going and I ended up running out of things to make for my family, my friends and myself. :')
With the encouragement of my family and friends, I decided to open BeccToBasics and began by selling simple floral crochet coasters. I am so thankful and grateful for my friends who all placed orders the moment I launched my store! Their trust and motivation in me gave me confidence in myself, I wouldn’t be where I am with my shop without them.
TLDR, I first started BeccToBasics because there’s only so much you can crochet for your family and friends, and I wanted to keep crocheting.
Now, what keeps me going is the network of other small businesses, my customers, meeting new faces, seeking exciting collaborations with other like-minded individuals (such as The Mori Club!), as well as imparting my skills to others and learning new skills!
It was such a honour for us to work with you for this amazing piece. Can you tell us more about the process of making it?
I have always wanted to try crocheting a mesh shrug, and was more than happy to jump on the opportunity when it presented itself through a collaboration with The Mori Club. My favourite part of the process was sourcing for the perfect yarn that matched the iconic The Mori Club neon orange. The mesh shrug pattern is by cutiekittycrochet on Youtube, and I followed her tutorial to create it! It took around 5 hours to create from start to end.
Last but not least, what’s a song you’ll never get sick of?
“Glue” by Fickle Friends; an upbeat song by an indie UK band, please check all their music out if you haven’t!