Have you been stitching since you were very young? My mother taught me to sew on her big old Pfaff machine when I was five years old. I delved straight into making clothes for my dolls from scraps of fabric, yet I remember feeling confused why these teeny tiny dresses didn’t fit over the dolls big head! Thankfully, I wasn’t deterred and continued to sew items for my dolls. Then, at the age of 10 and with the help of my aunt, I made my first patchwork quilt.
How did you feel when you first started sewing? Apart from the dress vs doll’s head debacle, I remember feeling this excited creativity sweep through me, as I poured through craft magazines and books, feeling like I could make anything I wanted to. So, as a result, numerous projects were started and never completed. My attention span in my childhood was quite short.
Has your response to your craft changed much over the years? I still feel that same creative excitement that I can create anything I want, but it’s now tempered with the maturity of sticking with a project from start to finish. Well, most of the time, anyway.
Do you teach your skills? I’m fortunate enough to teach patchwork lessons at the sweetest craft shop, Crumbz, located in Healesville, Victoria. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and helping women to feel empowered with their craft and ability.
Are you involved in much online crafting – blogging, Instagram, Pinterest etc? I really value the online community of patchworkers, crafters and sewists, be it through Instagram or blogs. I’ve met some wonderfully talented people through these forums, and I enjoy sharing my little corner of creativity with others. Pinterest is a dangerous place, though, likened to a black hole! As soon as I get on to Pinterest, I can get lost and spend hours trolling through photo after photo of clever tips, creative ideas or different styles.
Do you make a lot of projects for your children? As soon as I finish a new quilt, either my son or daughter will declare it to be ‘their’ quilt. Even if it wasn’t actually intended for them. They get quite possessive over the items I make and really enjoy sleeping under my quilts or wrapping themselves up in them while reading. I always try to make them handmade gifts for their birthdays or Christmas, such as cushions, library bags or clothes. Their encouraging words of delight of ‘Mummy made it for me’ are such a joy.
What other creative outlets do you like to make time for? I enjoy being creative with my kids, be it through nature play, drawing and painting or cooking. I also really enjoy spending time in the garden, interior decorating and creating items for our home, from wooden planters to a sandpit for the kids.
What do you wish for your creative future? To always have my creative work enjoyed, loved and appreciated by my family.
Samantha Green, For the Love of Fabric –