How would you describe your particular craft style? Nursery sweet. I love cute and I love soft colours, small prints and little projects. They all lend themselves to making soft toys. I started making soft toys when my children were little, and it was something I really enjoyed. I’ve been a dressmaker since I was old enough to use a sewing machine, which was a while ago now. It really was a passion that became my career. Branching out into making the patterns to sell was a bit of a hobby that has seen me upping all aspects of my graphic and computer skills.
Did your distinctive style happen over time or was it immediate when you started stitching? Well, my craft style is born out of an absolute love of fabric. When I see it and feel it, it seems to tell me what to make. I have a good eye for colour and I think my skill lies in my ability to coordinate colours and patterns to create a cute look. I have to tell you the style and cuteness of my toys does not follow through to my own personal style. I’m classic and slightly minimalist, but where little ones are concerned, I’m a pushover for cuteness.
Are you good at all the crafts you’ve tried? I love to embroider, especially white-on-white counted threadwork, but I love simple stitching, as well - small projects, backstitch, French knots and bullion roses. I love interior design, painting old furniture, making piped cushions, framing my own photos, making my own jackets and coats, sewing ... I’ve dabbled in watercolours, and I can do simple sketches. In fact, some of my sketches have developed into embroidery patterns.
What sorts of crafts do you avoid like the plague? Funny you should ask … Knitting and I don’t see eye to eye! I can do it, but I’m so slow and I find it stressful because my stitches are so tight I’m fighting to get my needles in. And I’m not good at crochet, either.
Is your stitching a great diversion from tasks you’d prefer to avoid (eg: housework)? Absolutely.
Do you listen to music/radio or watch TV while you sew? What do you like to listen to/watch? I often listen to music while I sew. It keeps me company. I like most types of music - country, soft pop and opera. Embroidering while watching TV has its downfalls, but I do it. I love Australian dramas and anything British.
Do you like craft shopping alone or with friends? Probably alone. I always have a project in my head, so I like to get an overview of fabrics then go back and pick one that I’ll then pair up with others.
What are you top 5 favourite craft blogs? I’ve been following some amazing women on Instagram these are their blogs:
Glenis Ebbett, Gee’s Projects