Stevie Nicks picks shawl by Kanab designer for 1st place winner

Celeste Meyeres at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab, Utah, date unspecified | Photo courtesy of Celeste Meyeres, St. George News

KANAB – Celeste Meyeres of Kanab recently won first place for her shawl named NAY-TIV RAY-VIN in a design contest in which Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac fame asked fans to design a shawl for her to model.

Meyeres, whose nickname is Crickets and vends under the business name CricketsCreations, began making her shawl after thinking about it for a few days, she said.

“I promptly undid my stitches a few rows in, multiple times,” Meyeres said. “The reason was that as soon as I’d begin, I’d think of an even better design.  So I sketched out my ideas and did the math – knitting involves quite a bit of geometry and arithmetic – before once-and-for-all starting what would be the finished piece.  The final realization was completed in about two days.”

Celeste Meyeres' first-place winning shawl in Stevie Nicks design contest 2014. Location and date not provided | Photo by Alicia Cram Photography, courtesy of Nicholas Meyeres, St. George News
Celeste Meyeres’ first-place winning shawl in Stevie Nicks design contest 2014. Location and date not provided | Photo by Alicia Cram Photography, courtesy of Nicholas Meyeres, St. George News

Rather than merely emulating Stevie Nicks’ style, Meyeres said she wanted to offer her a part of herself as well, incorporating her Native American heritage from her great grandmother along with the ravens that grace the Southwestern high desert.

“Native cultures perceive ravens as secret keepers, facilitators of metamorphosis, bearers of magic, harbingers of autumn and transmitters of messages from the cosmos,” Meyeres posted on her Etsy site.

It’s no secret now that the shawl appealed to Nicks. In a note from Stevie Nicks posted on the Talenthouse design contest Web page, she said:

Ultimately, I chose NAY-TIV RAY-VIN by Crickets Meyeres.  I felt this garment could have been made for Rhiannon or for Gold Dust Woman~ the color really isn’t that important. It just seems like a “Celtic” or a “native American” piece~ and I found that very interesting because it is obviously the tribal element that drew me to it~ be it Welsh or Southwestern~ Congratulations!!!”

The contest, hosted by an organization named Talenthouse, received hundreds of entries from all across the nation. For taking first place, Meyeres’ shawl will be worn by Nicks in a photo shoot and announced on Warner Bros. and Stevie Nicks’ official channels. Meyeres will receive $2,000, a photo of Nicks wearing the shawl, and will get the piece back after the photo shoot.

Celeste Meyeres' first-place winning shawl in Stevie Nicks design contest 2014. Location and date not provided | Photo by Alicia Cram Photography, courtesy of Nicholas Meyeres, St. George News
Celeste Meyeres’ first-place winning shawl in Stevie Nicks design contest 2014. Location and date not provided | Photo by Alicia Cram Photography, courtesy of Nicholas Meyeres, St. George News

“While I would love to meet Stevie – she is a known animal rescue advocate, and I live right near Best Friends Animal Society where my husband Nicholas works – unfortunately that is not part of the Talenthouse contest winnings,” Meyeres said. “The contest had a ton of gorgeous entries.  I was happy to simply have participated alongside such talented peers.  So when I got the email that I had won, I couldn’t believe it!  I started shaking and my stomach was doing flips. A minute after it had sunk in, I felt so overwhelmed that tears started flowing.”

Meyeres started knitting full-time after being laid-off from her day job in 2008. She has a shop on Etsy where she sells her own designs. She has been featured on the sites homepage multiple times, and averages around 100 sales a month.

You can check out Meyeres’ CricketsCreations shop here, and you can see the other entries in the contest here.

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11 Comments

  • Crickets Meyeres October 18, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Thank you so much for a great article, Brett! 🙂 You got all the facts right, give credit where credit is due, obviously did your research and went the extra mile! St. George news is lucky to have such a great reporter on board. I really appreciate this exposure and a chance to share with the world my love for southern Utah. I hadn’t seen that quote from Stevie and when I read it I got chills!

  • Nicholas Meyeres October 18, 2014 at 9:13 am

    How fantastic and well deserved is this!? I especially love Stevie Nick’s reason for picking the item! Thanks for writing such a wonderful article, Brett!

  • Sunny October 18, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Wow, I checked out her Etsy site…..amazing! This is one talented woman, beautiful creations!!!

    • Crickets October 18, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Thank you very much, Sunny! 🙂

  • Allison October 18, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Celeste is so talented and the shawl is beautiful! Congrats!

  • Billy P October 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Yeah, way to go. You entered a spec work competition and “won” while everyone else worked for free so some famous has-been could cherry pick her favorite.

    #NOSPEC

    • Scotter November 10, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Wow, Billy P! Stevie Nicks is a has-been? Let’s see, her latest album which came out last month entered the charts at #7 , and she is currently on a sold-out world tour with Fleetwood Mac which rakes in (according to the Wall Street Jornal and others) roughly a million dollars per concert. Anyone who would call Stevie Nicks a has-been is clearly just a jealous or uninformed never-was. The “has-been” makes more in a day than most of us make in a year. Look it up.

    • Dana November 11, 2014 at 6:26 am

      Has been? Your comment is tainted with envy. Stevie is on a world tour and you’re in your mama’s basement weeping about the injustice of your pea sized brain.

  • Barbara Joy October 19, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! I design Stevie style finery, too, but did not enter…I am So happy you won! xoxoxoxo
    http://www.JoyShines.com

  • rosa November 16, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Alot sucked about this contest. Liking Stevie has nothing to do with my comments. It sucked that meeting stevie was not part of the prize. Smh. It sucks that she returned the shawl! Keeping the winning shawl for herself would have been an honorable token for the winner from stevie. $2000. is insulting because I would rather have been given no monies. I would prefer 2 hours visitation from stevie. And I would rather have been given the blessed opportunity to ask her if jimmy gave her the birthday card I made her and handed jimmy at the Wiltern on 05-26-11.

  • rosa November 17, 2014 at 12:12 am

    2000.

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