For this month’s “Meet the Pro” interview we are thrilled to introduce you to the delightful Sophia van der Harst of The Poekie Nook. “Poekie” (which rhymes with “spooky”) is an affectionate name that Dutch mothers call their babies. Sophia’s Poekies are made with fleece fabric, and lovingly brought to life with charming details, Poly-Pellets, and Poly-Fil. The Poekie Nook is a one-woman business, and her creations have brought the joy of handmade to thousands all over the globe.
Born and raised in a small village in Holland, amidst a bustling artistic family, Sophia learned most of her creative skills at a young age. Since 1992, she’s been teaching hand-sewing and beading to children in Mill Valley, California.
Twenty-two years and around twenty-thousand kids later, she opened her own place, Poekie Nook, in March 2014.