Aside from the fact that you can’t just go to the store and pick up a nice adult-sized hoop, these hoops are made by a real person, not a giant corporation. I’m happy to customize a hoop for anyone. And I enjoy spreading the hoop love wherever I go!
Sarah Maccarelli Jordan
My favorite color is purple.
I met my husband on match.com.
My second toe is wayyyyy longer than my big toe.
I have a major sweet tooth.
What got you started crafting?
Crafting is in my blood. My grandmother was an accomplished seamstress and she bought me my first sewing machine when I was about 4 years old. She taught me how to crochet before I could even write my name. My mom makes the most amazing quilts. My father used to build houses and is a talented artist.
As a kid I kept busy with beading kits, yarn and a crochet hook. I was also enrolled in gymnastics and ballet classes for most of my life. I always owned a hula hoop. Always.
When I "grew up", I found that the flimsy toy hula hoops for children just wouldn't cut it. So I made my own adult-sized hoops for my hoop classes and meet ups. I actually got certified to teach hoop dance classes (it's real, google it!).
What is your source of inspiration?
I love bright colors. All I have to do is take a walk outside and there are gorgeous flowers, the sky, grass, etc. In short, nature.
What have you made recently?
I recently made a collapsible hula hoop. It folds into a figure 8, then folds in half for easy travel. I simply HAD to have a hula hoop with me on vacation.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I sell my hoops from my website, at craft fairs, at my hoop meet ups, and just walking down the street. I almost always have a hoop with me and someone almost always wants one.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
Before I made my first hoop, I didn't think I would enjoy making hoops. It seemed like it would be a lot of work. And it is. I had to buy the tools to cut the tubing and a sharp file, hunt down tubing, order tapes on line. I had to physically boil the ends of the tubing to make it fit together. That scared me. I'm a wuss. At first my husband did the hard parts. Only at first :)
Now I love making hoops. It makes me so happy when I see someone hooping with my hoops, especially people that could never keep the hoop going as a child. It's all about the size of the hoop. The bigger the hoop, the easier it is to hoop with. It's an amazing workout.
I make hoops in all sizes, all colors. I want hooping to be accessible to everyone. That's why I offer plus size and maternity hoops as well. Maternity hoops are lighter and springier than my typical adult hoops.
Sarah Maccarelli Jordan