CraftSanity Podcast Episode 154: A conversation with Grand Rapids leatherworkers, Jacob Vroon and Elyse Marie Welcher

by jennifer


Born a day apart, Jacob Vroon and Elyse Marie Welcher crossed paths for the first time in the Butterworth Hospital nursery in June of 1988, completely oblivious to each other.

It would be 23 years before the two Geminis would actually meet when they reported for their first day of work at the Buckle at Woodland Mall. He was the freight guy and she was the seamstress. And when they were introduced, the manager suggested they talk because they both made leather bags.

They ended up inspiring each other to greatness, but not without a few twists in the story. Head over to to read the rest of my newspaper column that was published in today’s edition of The Grand Rapids Press and listen to the podcast below to hear them tell their story.

Also check out their websites:
Harbinger Leather Design on Etsy
Littlewings Designs
Parliament The Boutique

And I also wrote about Elyse in 2013.

Gratitude: I want to take a moment to thank my Patreon sponsors and ACS Home and Work, for sponsoring this podcast for the last several months.

acshomeandwork-300x124I discovered ACS when I was looking for a local source for flour sack tea towels to use for my printmaking and embroidery projects. I’m very happy to be supporting a West Michigan-based company with my business and now ACS is stepping in to sponsor the CraftSanity Podcast.

Local West Michigan listeners can shop ACS products at the Red Door, 6837 Lake Michigan Dr, in Allendale Charter Township. It’s the ACS outlet and also a pickup location for locals who want to order flour sack tea towels and other goods and skip the shipping costs. Visit Red door for a variety of tea towels and other home goods.

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