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The creative community consists of many Makers with a lot of knowledge and experience about working with paracord, biothane, leather, etc. In order to match our product range and content to the hobby as closely as possible, we like to be advised by the Makers themselves.
We therefore work together with a number of these Makers in a so-called 'ambassadorship'. We would like to introduce our current ambassadors here.
Femke started crocheting beanies around 2000 and now, over 20 years later, she is working full time on creating things. She crochets, sews, knits, knots, works with Biothane and also likes macrame. "My work is a combination of my two favourite hobbies: animals and creating things. There is nothing more fun to me."
"In 2012 I started to work with Paracord. I like to experiment with knotting and different thicknesses. By doing so I also designed my own knot "Kipi's Original"."
Femke really has her own style, which is also reflected in the names of her products. "Hawaii is one of my favourite surfing places in the world," she says. "That is why l give all of my creations Hawaiian names. The Hawaiian names started with 'Kipi' as my company name and I have continued that way."
As an ambassador of Paracord.eu, she helps particularly in product development. She also helps with content creation, whereby her knowledge of the horse world in combination with ropes is especially valuable.
3 fun facts about Femke:
- Has so many animals that she almost has her own petting zoo
- Has been a professional windsurfer for years
- Loves variety and challenges
In 2018 Evi made her first dog leads from PPM. Then, after attending some workshops, she started to work with paracord and later on switched to working with Biothane.
"After making my first biothane adapters, I was convinced by the advantages and possibilities of Biothane. Currently, I make many products from biothane and spend a lot of time working with leather. I mainly make products for pets and tools for trimming, but also accessories such as bookmarks, handbags and folders."
Evi has a lot of product knowledge and is always looking for new possibilities. And if the existing possibilities turn out to be limited, she will design the missing product herself if necessary. As an ambassador of Paracord.eu she is also involved in product development and quality control.
3 fun facts about Evi:
- Has lived in Mexico for 1.5 years and met her husband there
- Is mother of 3 boys
- Does not like to sit still
Helmy Stolwijk has been working with paracord for almost 11 years. Besides sharing her knowledge by giving workshops several days a week, she has also designed her own knots.
"Although I'm not very good with social media, I try to help people in the community when they have questions or get stuck." Helmy herself has also benefited greatly from the community. "I owe a lot of my knowledge to them. When I first started, they told me online when I was doing something wrong and how to do it better. That really helped me."
Helmy likes to share her acquired knowledge with others. This is also the basis of her work as a Paracord.eu ambassador. With her years of experience and her honest feedback, she helps with product development and quality control.
3 fun facts about Helmy:
- Has a son, 2 bonus sons and 4 grandchildren
- Occasionally likes to make Japanese puzzles on the computer to keep her brain young
- Can't resist always cutting just a little more cord than necessary, so she always has some cord left over