Carissa Smith of Carissaofthesea

Hi, I’m Carissa! I started my embroidery shop by designing and creating simple, unique handmade wall art. With time, love, and much growth, my business has shifted from creating wall art to creating trendy iron-on patches. I also make a lot of custom patches. These custom patches range from hundreds of business logos to very niche designs. Custom patches can also mean recreating hand-drawn fan art or simply turning a cute graphic made by a customer into their own patch. There is no order number minimum to create a custom patch, which opens up the door of opportunity for anyone!

I started my business in my one-bedroom living room with my two hands, a single needle, and embroidery floss. Thanks to a few bestsellers on Etsy, one big wholesale order, and sprained wrists, my hand-embroidered art transitioned to machine-embroidered art. My embroidery wall art was popular for two years, then I was in search of the next new thing I could create. In June of 2022, I started making patches! I went from one embroidery machine to three embroidery machines in only five months. I’m just happy to be here, making a living off my art and hopefully spreading joy to my customers!

More about me…
I’m an Arizona girl who loves all things water…ocean, lake, pool, and your neighborhood pond. My all-time favorite things to do is swim (like the competitive kind), stand-up paddleboard, sail, sunbathe, and surf. I’ve incorporated all this within my shop name: CARISSA OF THE SEA! You can find me embroidering and making patches where the sun always shines with a homemade green juice or vegan treat in hand.

My love for sewing started as a young child. I would sew anything and everything…doll clothes, stuffed animals, bookmarks, and even clothes for myself. My Polish grandma was patient enough to teach me the simplicity of hand-sewn crafts. Once I got a little older, a Singer sewing machine handbook taught me the rest. This built the foundation for what I do today, all things embroidery. I want to create the most meaningful and sentimental art that will leave an impact on those who see it.
As you can probably tell, I love creating things…so why don’t you stay a while and check out what I’ve been up to :).

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