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Conversations with the Inspiring Kelsey Bedoya, Ryan Low, and Pat Bedoya

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelsey Bedoya, Ryan Low, and Pat Bedoya.

Kelsey, Ryan, and Pat, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We started out our small business as consumers. Ryan was looking to add a large macrame wall hanging in her bedroom, shopped around, but then quickly realized how expensive it could get. Soon after, our mom (Pat) found a macrame workshop hosted by Prairie Rose Macrame at Booze Brothers Brewery in Vista. The three of us (Kelsey, Ryan, & mom) took the class together and we were hooked. Ryan and our mom could not stop knitting. They created so many rad pieces and started to post what they had made on Instagram. Soon, family and friends wanted us to create macrame pieces for their homes.

Everything that happened next was a blur. We signed up for a few local makers markets, settled on a name and had a friend design a quick logo. Ryan came up with “Pair of Knots,” and we instantly fell in love. We decided to brand ourselves as a mother-daughter duo because at the time I (Kelsey) was a full-time student and couldn’t commit to creating as many pieces as Ryan and our mom did. So I decided to work behind the scenes. I replied to emails, created an Instagram, signed us up for local markets, and found homes for our hangs.

2017 went by in a flash. We sold at makers markets throughout North County San Diego and Temecula and even started hosting our own workshops. We decided not to open an online store but instead found success on Instagram. We consistently posted pictures of new pieces we created and shared behind the scenes videos on our IG story. The best part about our small business became our customers and other local makers. We have met so many amazing people that love this craft and have supported us our journey. We keep our prices affordable because we love what we do and we want to share it. Today, you can still find us at maker’s markets sippin’ our iced coffees and tying knots.

Has it been a smooth road?
We were very lucky to have been accepted into the maker community from the start. This community was made up of our Instagram followers, customers, local small business owners, and other macrame artists. Although we felt supported in this community, it was easy to get caught up in the comparison game with so many other talented artists out there. Social media played a huge part in this.

We would hop on Instagram and see all of the opportunities other artists were getting. We quickly realized that other macrame artists were getting these awesome opportunities because of how hard they worked and how beautiful their products were.

So we stopped comparing ourselves to others, worked harder, and embraced the wonderful maker community we were so lucky to be a part of. We created some amazing friendships with the people within this community and collaborated in this creative world, together.

The best piece of advice we would give to women starting their small business journey would be to surround yourself with people who share your passion- and as hard as it is, try not to compare yourself to others. We are very lucky to work as a family of women who support each other in all aspects of life, but we know many women who do this small biz thing on their own. So if you are just starting out, find your tribe and uplift each other. You will not only find happiness in your success but in their successes as well.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Pair of Knots story. Tell us more about the business.
If you want it macrame’d, we will figure out a way to do it! We have created plant hangers, keychains, pacifier clips, shelves, and jewelry. We are best known for our wall hangings that are used as decor in your home. We macrame with 100% cotton rope and reuse all of our scraps to create smaller pieces.

We are most proud of the custom pieces we create for our customers. We will often get asked, “I love macrame! But I don’t know what I want. What can you make for me?” and that is our jam. We’ll ask to see pictures of their home, where they would want their piece to hang, and how big they’d like it. We will show them pictures of the pieces we have already created, and make something personal to them based on their taste and budget. This is where we are able to be our most creative.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
We find our biggest inspiration on Instagram. I can’t tell you how many other macrame artists we follow from around the world. We also follow other small business owners and women in other occupancies. Female CEO’s and change makers inspire us to keep going.

Chrysteen from Waverly Knots and Sarah, owner of Suspend It, have encouraged, inspired, and supported us from day one. They are just two of the people that help us be our best in life.

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