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Sabadosa: Crafty Hometown mom gets creative

Hometown resident Judi Raybould creates handmade items sell benefit community members through Our Lady Loretparish ministries. | Supplied Photo

Hometown resident Judi Raybould creates handmade items to sell and benefit community members through Our Lady of Loretto parish ministries. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: February 28, 2013 6:17AM



We all need to find ways to relax. For some, getting lost in a good book is the answer. Others take vacations to unwind.

But, for some of us, hobbies are the answer.

For Judi Raybould, of Hometown, crafting is both a way to relax and a means to generate extra income.

Raybould has been crafting for about 30 years. She said it all began at the age of 10 when her mom took the time to teach her to crochet. Eventually, while a student at Oak Lawn Community High School, she took a class which covered embroidery, sewing, knitting and quilting.

“I have been in love with it ever since,” Raybould said.

Raybould said she spends anywhere from 20 to 30 hours a week making different crafted items.

“I crochet while I’m watching TV at night,” Raybould said.

Since Raybould has been doing it for so long, the intricacies of crafting appear to have become second-nature to her. She said she can look at an item and usually figure out how to re-create it, often coming up with her own patterns and designs. Because of this talent, she said she welcomes special orders from customers who may have something in mind but can’t seem to find it anywhere else.

Raybould recently launched a website that includes many photos of her creations. During the past holidays, a large number of her orders were for crocheted scarves. She designed each as a series of snowmen, mittens, owls, penguins, cats or even hockey pucks and sticks.

Aside from wearable accessories, Raybould makes items for the home such as seasonal banners, baby blankets and crocheted afghans. This past Christmas, she crocheted pillows for her godchildren.

Most of Raybould’s business is done through word of mouth. She also advertises through her Facebook page. In the near future, she hopes to become a seller on the website Etsy.

For now, Raybould said she is content working from her home and has no plans to open up a shop because, “I do all the work by myself and it would be too hard to keep enough inventory in a store,” she said.

Raybould’s husband of 22 years and her sons, ages 14 and 11, are very supportive of her crafting business. In fact, her husband encouraged her by helping set up a website to sell her items.

Raybould also gives back to the community through her crafting. A parishioner of Our Lady of Loretto, she is involved in several church ministries, one being the Shawl Ministry, where volunteers make prayer shawls to be given to those in need of consoling or encouragement.

Raybould also is a member of a quilter group that makes items such as “lapghans” (afghans for the lap) for the homebound and those in the veterans hospitals. Crocheted hats are distributed to Advocate Children’s Hospital, and baby blankets are created for babies baptized at Our Lady of Loretto.

Raybould said there are about 13 women in the quilter group, which meets monthly. The members create between 12 to 15 lapghans or shawls per month.

For more information or to see more of Raybould’s items, visit www.jraycrafts.com, email her at judi@jraycrafts.com or call her at (708) 320-1963.

News from our neighbors

The Our Lady of Loretto Men’s Club will sponsor its Italian Night Dinner and Dance at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 in the parish hall, 8925 S. Kostner Ave., Hometown.

The event will showcase the family recipes of chef John Circelli. Music will be provided by Afterglow featuring Gene and Francesca, who are well-known performers in south suburban Italian restaurants.

Admission is $25 per person and includes entry into a drawing for a flat-screen TV. Tickets must be bought in advance. There also will be a cash bar and raffles throughout the evening.

To reserve either a table or for individual tickets, call (708) 422-0217 or (708) 424-4596.



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