What did you feel when you first started sewing? Joy and happiness. My early sewing memories are all happy. My precious Nan taught me hand sewing when I was small, and I loved these times. She left us in September 2016, aged 93, and I often think of her while I’m sewing.
Have you been stitching since you were very young? Yes, earliest memories are sewing when I was only four. I had a battery-operated Holly Hobbie sewing machine. I wish I still had it.
Has your response to your craft changed since then? No, absolutely not. I love what I do; I only wish for more time to make all of the things my mind imagines.
What is it that keeps you creating? I have so many ideas and not enough time to make them all happen. I feel immense satisfaction when I sew and an idea comes to life.
Do you teach your skills? Yes, I have a regular group of 12 ladies who meet once a month, usually at my home, sometimes at our workplace. I am their support worker during the working week, but over 12 months ago, we decided to make our group meet and sew on a regular basis in our own time. We also go on many shopping trips for supplies. We choose our projects together as a group and help each other out, so that the whole group can learn new skills and improve our crafting.
Do you do much online crafting work – blogging, Instagram, Pinterest etc? Not much. I always run out of time. I work full time as a disability support worker, and have a large family. I’m also involved in various community groups in our small country town and am very committed to my personal fitness – running, in particular. However, I do love browsing Instagram and Pinterest when I can. There is so much talent around and inspiration everywhere.
How different is your stitching world now from, say, five years ago? Pretty much the same. I like to sew every day, if I can, even if just for a short time. It allows me to relax and switch off.
Do you make a lot of projects for your children? Yes, I do. I have four children - two daughters and two sons, aged 26, 22, 18 and 17. I made many quilts, bags, soft toys etc when they were little and still make them the odd quilt or two. I have recently become a grandmother for the first time to a beautiful baby girl. So watch this space - so many ideas are swirling around in my head!
What other creative outlets do you make time for? I enjoy all crafts, and I’ll have a crack at anything. I also love searching for anything vintage - visiting local op shops, to see what I can find and repurpose.
What do you wish for your creative future? I wish to remain fit, healthy and happy, so I can continue to enjoy life and CREATE!!!