Julie Lovell

What crafts do you do? Patchwork, embroidery, crochet, drawing. I also enjoy upcycling vintage linens into bags, purses, quilts and softies.

How long have you been crafting?As a child, drawing was always my favourite thing to do. I learnt patchwork about 16 years ago and created my business Calico Farm Designs one year later.

Who taught you your skills?I learnt basic sewing skills at school, made some of my own clothes and later on made clothes for my babies. My Nana taught me to crochet when I was about 10 years old. She was a strict teacher but I loved to learn and she always gave me 'homework' to complete before the next visit. Patchwork was self taught and I have been experimenting in all crafty directions ever since.

Is crafting your hobby or your profession?My profession. The wholesale pattern business Calico Farm Designs keeps me busy. I also sell handmade and crocheted treasures at local weekend craft markets. But when I do have five minutes to do something different, I usually turn to some sort of craft, so I guess it will always be a hobby too.

What do you love most about crafting? I love the smooth crisp texture of a new fabric. I love the smell of a freshly printed craft magazine. I love the bounce of tightly rolled ball of wool. I love the smiles on other crafters' faces when their project comes together. I love that craft is portable, and that even when you don't have the project with you, you can plan the whole project in your head.

5 words that best describe your craft style? Fresh, pretty, sweet, simple, lovable.

Anything else that you would like to share? My workshop/studio is an old weatherboard church. It arrived at our farm on the back of a truck from Rockhampton about 10 years ago. It is perfect for my business with its timber floors, and plenty of space to make a mess. When I am in there, the possibilities are endless.

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    Sewing Pretty Kitties Softies
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    Embroidery Happily Ever After Embroidery
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