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Northern Stitches creating home decor, clothes and crafts from scratch

By Chelsi Lasater - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Oct 21, 2021

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These little knit gnomes have been a hit, said Northern Stitches founder Amanda Tanner.

Ogden native Amanda Tanner, founder of Northern Stitches, decided to make something special 10 years ago. She hasn’t stopped since. When her mother retired, she looked for the perfect gift, then decided to make something herself.

“I searched the internet, taught myself to crochet and made a beautiful afghan in about five days. It’s always been ‘go big or go home’ for me,” she said with a laugh.

Now, her skills have expanded to everything from beanies, pumpkins, scarves, gloves and even adorable little gnomes. Tanner fully welcomes fall, and her shop is nothing short of a beacon to pumpkin spice, crisp weather and, of course, all the best autumn fashions.

“Beanies are at the top of my list of favorite items to make, followed by scarves/cowls, fingerless gloves and home decor. This season, my little knit gnomes have been a big hit,” Tanner said.

Tanner dreams of being a full-time maker someday but loves her job as a computer-based trainer. Like most of us, during COVID, she was permitted to work at home, and in quarantine there was more time to knit. Her business on Etsy really took off during 2020-21, “the year of the maker.” Tanner loves supporting her fellow makers and often sources her materials from them.

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Amanda Tanner, founder of Northern Stitches, and her husband.

“I’m addicted to yarn and always have a crochet hook in my hand. I’ve recently fallen in love with hand-dyed yarn. I believe that it adds a special touch and a unique charm to my projects. I also love to support other makers,” she said.

She is inspired by nature and the beautiful scenery that Ogden offers. “I love being out in nature and recently started gravitating towards using more earthy colors,” she said. Being close to her family, she also takes inspiration from them.

“Our granddaughter was born in 2017, and I was inspired to design a beanie pattern named after her. I released the Oaks Beanie and Cowl patterns in 2020, and it’s been fun to see other makers post their finished items and tag us on social media,” she said, beaming.

A creative member of The Monarch, Tanner has enjoyed the support and friendship of the fellow Monarch artists and the Ogden arts community.

“We’ve been a vendor at many of the local markets and love meeting all of the talented artists in our community. Building lifelong friendships and supporting other makers is what we’re all about!” Tanner said.

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Beanies and pumpkins, just two of many goods Northern Stitches creates out of yarn.

Follow Northern Stitches on social media to see when sales are offered. They also participate in several giveaways each year and are open to collaborations with other makers.

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Fall fashion by Northern Stitches.

Northern Stitches' new fall creations.

Pumpkins by Northern Stitches.

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