Why Le Petit Saint Crochet Isn’t Just my Business Name, but a Piece of my Heart as Well.
I’m not French. I don’t speak French. I’ve never been to France. I’ve never even been to Quebec, for goodness sake! But the name of my little crochet business is most definitely French and more than likely I don’t even pronounce it correctly!
When I began thinking about making my little crochet hobby a bit more official I knew it needed a name. I’ve admired other craft bloggers and handmade businesses for years and they usually have a very memorable name. I wanted something that represented my love for crochet but also represented something more than that. I wanted the name to represent why I was crocheting.
I wrote down dozens of cute names that typically had the word “bunny” or “cozy” or “cottage” in them, but none felt quite right. I thought about how I loved making beautiful crocheted things and that I took such care to make sure that no detail was overlooked. Those thoughts led me to my admiration of a little French saint from the late 19th century.
St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as The Little Flower, was a cloistered Carmelite nun. In her autobiography, Story of a Soul, St. Therese wrote about how her position in life limited what she was going to be able to accomplish. In coming to this realization she wrote, “Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.” Her attitude towards life was a great inspiration to the legendary Mother Teresa who is famous for saying, “Do small things with great love.”
That saying perfectly encapsulates my highest goal as a maker. I want to do everything, down to the smallest of details, with great love and care. I know that my place in this world is a small one, but I believe that the small things really are the big things when done in the right spirit. Le Petit Saint Crochet (The Little Saint Crochet) is a tiny homage to St. Therese and a reminder for me to always do the small things with the greatest of love and attention.
Hi Elise! I stumbled upon your youtube channel about two weeks ago, and now I´m reading the blog. This is such a beautiful story! It made me a bit teary-eyed, thank you for sharing it
I’m so very glad you liked the post. It’s very near and dear to my heart and I’m so glad that you enjoyed it.
I cannot tell how much I am enjoying your sites. All the cottage knit and crochet amigurimi are just beautiful and I have purchased several patterns. I have been crocheting since I was ten and I started embroidering before that. My mom and I have won many blue ribbons at the Grange Fair in Bucks County, PA. I am now 78 and still get excited about trying something new. Thank You, Rose McFarland, Little River, South Carolina.
Hello Rose! That makes me so happy! What wonderful memories you have of your mom and those blue ribbons! So glad you’re still enjoying crafting, I hope to be the same when I’m your age! 🍄🍄🍄