Why this particular craft? When I was in high school, my mum started watching the TV show Simply Quilts, and her interest in quilting proved contagious - I soon caught the bug. But it wasn’t until I started working for Homespun and Quilters Companion that I became obsessed with wanting to make my own quilts. When you spend every day surrounded by so many beautiful quilts, how can you not be inspired to make your own?
Have you tried plenty of others? I like to call myself a multi-crafter; I have a love of quilt making, embroidery and crochet. I also studied textiles in high school, so I’ve made a few different things, from bags to formal dresses. I also have knitting and weaving on my ‘to try’ list.
Who taught you your crafting skills? My mother and both of my nanas did various crafts as I was growing up, so I’ve been brought up surrounded by lots of different crafts. And then to top that up, my couple of years doing textiles in high school lay the groundwork for some of my skills and understanding. Plus, I could always rely on my mum’s help if I was struggling to work something out.
What does this craft mean to you? I’ve always needed a creative outlet of some sort, and I’ve discovered that craft gives me not only something to do with my hands but it’s the perfect balance between art and design – creating something functional but also unique and beautiful. There is no greater feeling than draping that one-of-a-kind quilt or crocheted blanket over your bed, knowing that you did all of that work with your own hands.
Is it hard to find time to do it or is it a profession? My weekends are very precious to me. They’re the only times I really have to work on my various projects, especially when they involve a sewing machine. I will pick up some embroidery or crochet on weekdays after work, but the last thing I feel like after a long day at the office is sitting at a sewing machine or cutting fabrics. It can be hard to find the time and motivation sometimes, but I take what time I can.
How would you describe your style? What makes it unique? I would probably describe it as pretty-modern. I am partial to anything pretty and cute, especially floral fabrics and embroidery and lots of white space to let the colours pop. There are so many beautiful colourful prints around, and I love to keep it fresh with lots of white or neutrals. I love mixing traditional blocks with bright and bold prints, but I am partial to delicate and pretty fabrics, too, like Tilda.
What are your favourite materials to work with? Cute and pretty fabrics are my favourite – anything from a traditional soft floral to 1930s reproduction prints. I also love working with linen and cotton-blend fabrics for smaller projects and my embroidery.
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