She joined the Cooperative in 1980, only a few months after the it opened, as a crafter. At the time she ran a calligraphy and watercolor business, Calligraphy Plus, and for many years she supplied four different shops and participated in 18 craft shows a year.
In 2003 Carol closed her business but she continued at Craftworks doing the shop displays. When the shop moved to the new location, she helped with the move and remained as the shop’s visual merchandiser and display artist ever since.
Shaye grew up in Southern Delaware and was taught to crochet at 5 by her grandmother. In college she attended a stitch n bitch meeting on campus with a friend and learned to knit together. From there, they taught themselves via youtube and blogs how to do everything they know now. She also re-learned how to crochet that year.
Shaye knits and crochets with some slight dabbling in Tunisian crochet. It helps her relax and wind down each evening. When she had children, it quickly turned into a way to make clothing for them and to get them involved in the craft. Shaye loves teaching others because it's such an easy thing to get into, but so many are so intimidated by it. She loves showing someone what they can create with their own hands in just a few simple steps.