Monday, November 24, 2014

Kanab designer weaves web of threads for rock legend Stevie Nicks


by Todd Tanner
Fox 13 Salt Lake City

“This is supposed to represent raven feathers, and this is supposed to look like jagged, irregular, shiny, sparkly, sleek, raven feathers and tail,” said Crickets Meyeres, pointing out the details of an elaborately crafted, handmade shawl.

The beautiful black piece, which graces a mannequin in her Kanab, Utah home, is actually a replication of the original shawl she knitted for Stevie Nicks.

Last September, Meyeres learned of a competition hosted by talenthouse.com, which called upon it’s regular readers and visitors to submit designs for a “show-stopping” shawl for Nicks.

Meyeres couldn’t resist the chance at dressing the rock icon. Soon, a design was flowing from her mind through her fingertips.

“I was absolutely obsessed, and when I was finished I was both excited and terrified about winning, but I didn’t think it would,” she said.

Meyeres says her design was inspired by the ravens that live year-round in the harsh red rock wilderness near her home.

“They are ever-present” she said, “just like Stevie”.

“I wanted to give her something back of me, not just ‘OK this is Stevie Nicks’ style, I’m going to make something her style and regurgitate it to her’. I wanted to give her a gift from Utah,” she said.

Meyeres’ Native American ancestry also played a part in the design, showing up in a subtle tribal pattern amongst the more than 3,000 stitches which make up the shawl.

In a brief statement announcing the winner of the talenthouse.com contest, Nicks noted the tribal element as a primary reason she chose Meyeres as the winner, awarding her a $2,000 prize.

The contest rules stated Nicks would provide the winner with a single photo of herself wearing the shawl, for the designer’s portfolio, and then return it. But it now appears she’s taken a shine to the piece custom-created for her 5’1″ frame.

Meyere explains, “I sent a note along saying Stevie could keep this if she wanted. She did like it. Her representatives asked if she could keep it, but I didn’t know she was going to wear it on stage every night during her concert tour with Fleetwood Mac. She wears it during the song ‘Rhiannon’ which is a huge classic hit. She spreads it out like ravens wings and I feel like she understands the same things I understand about the raven.”

Selling hand-made creations online has been Meyeres’ full time job since 2007. Click here to see more of her items.

Fleetwood Mac is currently enjoying a wave of rave reviews for their “On With The Show” world tour which kicked off in September.

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7 comments:

Robert said...

Ya know, it's pretty easy to tell she entered the competition because she's a designer, not a Stevie fan, but I can see why she won. Talk about nailing Stevie's sense of style. You gotta give that girl credit. Plus she's charging $228 for each shawl on etsy and she could be charging PLENTY more. Those take so much time, and that feathery yarn is crazy expensive.

Crickets Meyeres said...

Thank you for your comment, Robert and I appreciate that you see the value in the design that I created for Stevie. :) Although I am a designer who happens to also be a Stevie fan. And this 40-something will take your "girl" label as a compliment!!!

Amber said...

She actually is a fan of Stevie's. And yes, I agree she is an amazing designer. I've used her work in my business for a couple years now and have several piece of her art for myself. She's an amazing creator.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter WHY she entered the contest, after all we don't know her...she saw an amazing opportunity and ran with it. I would of done the same if I was a fan or not. She is insanely talented. The shawl is gorgeous....after all Stevie did pick it and Stevie has AMAZING taste :) I bought one from the designer and she is super sweet, I can't wait to wear it to some of the last CA shows yay!!!

Anonymous said...

It would have been pretty hard to have entered this contest if you were just a FAN and not a designer but this lady is an AVID both. She had been a Stevie/Fleetwood fan forever - Long before this contest........ AWSOME JOB CELESTE!!!!! WEAVE/ROCK ON!!

Rose said...

I have 2 of Cricket's scarves from several years ago and they're gorgeous. Stevie is beyond awesome and obviously has great taste! :)

Anonymous said...

I know for a fact that she wanted to give a part of "herself" to Stevie, and that she is also an AVID fan. I have numerous items from CricketsCreations on etsy, and her work is incredible and so reasonable. I love Celeste, she is also a kind soul and loves animals. That's big in my book.

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