After spending 15 years as a work-at-home mom, Kelly Machado felt it was time to take her business outside the house. So she made the move from her online business to Knitting on the Fringe, a fiber arts studio reports The Detroit News.

After 15 years of […] operating an online knitwear design business, Kelly Machado of Commerce Township decided to return to working outside the home, but wasn’t quite sure which direction to go in.

“I’d been figuring out what I wanted to do — passion or profession,” says Machado, who’d once worked as a lawyer. “I discussed it with my husband and he supported me in doing what I really love — the fiber arts.”

Skilled in a number of crafts — knitting, crocheting, felting, nuno-felting, weaving, sewing and beading — she often combines them to create wearable art and unique pieces of fabric that she sells in the shop along with handmade fair trade items from India, Nepal and Peru.

When it comes to yarns, she prides herself on offering “very unusual” fibers. “I have yarns made from stainless steel, milk, sugarcane, bamboo and soy,” Machado states. She “just finished knitting a scarf made with stainless steel and silk yarn.”

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