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Prym Ergonomic Knitting Needles Review by Teena

It's Spring Time! I look like Cheshire cat with a huge smile on my face. The sun is shining and that makes me happy but more so I have new pairs of knitting needles, and I cannot share them with you.

Prym have designed new ergonomic straight knitting needles. Now, I'm not usually a fan of straight needles due to the hand ache I got, passing my old knitting needles to my Nan whose hands are much more tolerant than mine. So when I was asked to test the Prym straight knitting needles I did think "what's so special about them?" Well, I can tell you now. They are fantastic!

I decided to knit a cardigan for my youngest daughter, who is 4 months old, and a summer clutch bag for myself. For the cardigan I used the 3.5mm (US size 4) and the bag I used 10mm (US size 15), both in length 30cm.

My first impressions were that they reminded me of something out of Star Trek, I mean they are very modern space age looking. A real delight for the eyes. Made from plastic, these knitting needles look and feel durable. The packaging states that they are ergonomic so I could only hope that they are going to be kind to the hands, especially if you are like and have double joints.

I’ll run through the great features in more depth so you can get a good sense of how these knitting needles are really ergonomic.

Straight Not Rigid

Usually knitting a swatch with straight 30cm needles is not a joy. After about 5 rows my hands and fingers begin to ache, but with these Prym needles there was no pain. Seriously I'm not just saying it. I am the skeptic of all skeptics. The whole swatch was knitted quite quickly. The flexible plastic material meant that I was in control, the needles did as I wanted. The needles are not actually tubular, but triangular. This reminds me of school writing practice, using tripods and triangular stem pencils. I think that's the concept here; for the needles to fit comfortably in between the fingers. The slight flat sides give extra grip and again control.

Softly Pointed Tips

Then there is the tip. Normally the thinner the needle the sharper the tip. Here Prym have a slightly rounded tip, which at first would seem that they would never pick up the yarn from one needle to the other. I was pleasantly surprised how easily they did. Often I end up with dimples all over my finger tips from the sharp ends of other knitting needles.

At first I thought it was going to be difficult to pick up a yarn like cotton. But I had no problem at all. Knitting the baby cardigan was easy and fast and my fingertips remain happy too.

Storage

The needles have a clever little groove on the top for for the tip of the other needle to fit in. I think this is a fab idea. Not only does it mean your needles can stay together when not in use but when a project is already on the needles, you do not need to worry about the stitches falling off by clipping the needles together. Clever of what!

Lightweight

These needles are very lightweight. Sometimes with larger size needles I have found them to have a little weight on them which can tire the hands. The Prym needles are lightweight which meant that my clutch bag was super easy and quick to knit up.

So what’s my verdict. The biggest thumbs up. I decided to test the largest and the smallest sized needles just to see if there would be a difference in the ergonomics. There was none, and that is what kept me going with the projects. I will definitely be using these for more projects in the future, so keep an eye out.

Thanks for reading,

Teena @ Teenyweenies

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Guest Post: Ready for a trip to Montmatre - the Fumeterre Skirt by Deer and Doe

Hello Everyone!

It's Alex here again and I am super excited to be writing my second guest post for the Minerva Crafts Blog!

In a few weeks, I will be travelling to the streets of Paris in 1899. This fictional trip to Montmatre is to attend the latest Secret Cinema event, a recreation of Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge! Having attended other Secret Cinema events in the past, I know that dressing up is all part of the fun. The only thing that could make it even more fun is sewing your own outfit. As with other events, I received an email with my character and costume details. I will be a journalist, and I need to wear a white shirt with red bow tie and top hat and a long red skirt. This is pretty tame compared to the other costumes I have seen! As I already had a white shirt, I decided that I would make the skirt, and what could be better for a fictional trip to Paris than a Sewing Pattern by Deer and Doe, who are actually based in Paris?

I chose to make the Fumeterre Skirt Pattern. This is a high-waisted maxi skirt, with a choice of button front or a fly front zipper.  I decided to go for Version B which has the fly front zipper. My fabric choice was a lovely lightweight linen blend in a vibrant red. I chose this particular Dressmaking Fabric because I was keen to wear the skirt again during the Summer, and this has a really summery feel which stops it feeling like a fancy dress item. I decided to cut the pattern a size up from my usual size based on my waist measurements, and I'm really glad I did because the fit is pretty snug. The sheer volume of fabric required for this skirt is quite overwhelming, and tracing off the pattern pieces and cutting out the fabric took a good couple of hours. The skirt is made up of triangular panels, with pockets added to two of the front panels. Piecing them all together was straightforward, but I had to lay al the pieces out so I didn't get confused and attach them together in the wrong order!  

Making the fly front zipper was a new technique for me, and I found the instructions confusing at first. I had to edgestitch the fly front from the wrong side of the fabric, rather than topstitching on the right side as I couldn't get it to lie flat. I used co-ordinating thread, so the finish was similar. If I decided to make this again with contrasting topstitching, I would baste in place first from the wrong side to avoid this problem. I really like this effect, and am pleased with how it turned out once I finally understood what I needed to do.

Attaching the waistband was straightforward. The pattern suggests inserting elastic into the back of the waistband, but I decided to skip this as it was a good fit already. The bottom of the skirt is finished with a facing rather than a turned-up hem. This is the first time I have finished a hem like this. In order to shorten the length, I knew I would need to cut off the excess, leaving the seam allowance in place. I was nervous about cutting it too short, so I asked my Mum (a very experienced seamstress!) to pin it up for me, so I would know that the length was right. It was 4.5cm too long, so I ironed it wrong sides together at 3cm so I had a clear cutting line to allow for the seam allowance.

My only slight niggle with the skirt is that the waistband wasn't sitting quite straight at the button fastening.  At my Mum's suggestion, I added a popper to hold it together at the top, and this solved the problem.

I'm really pleased with the final skirt - it works well for my Moulin Rouge costume, but the fabric choice makes it really wearable and I can definitely see me wearing this in the Summer.  If I was to make it again, I would choose a light denim chambray and I would take the time to use contrasting topstitching which would give a really professional finish.

Now I'm definitely ready for my trip to the Moulin Rouge - Au Revoir!

Thanks for reading,

Alex from Alex's Adventures in Fabric

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Product Review: Clover Pompom Makers by Annie

Hi Everyone,

Today we have another review of the Clover Pompom Maker Tools this time from Annie, from Sewing Blog Scavenger Annie. This is what she had to say....

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Pom-poms, fluff balls of wool scraps perfect for trimming gifts, jazzing up a beach hat with some colour or even adding to your shoes! My earliest memories of pom-pom making involved my mum showing me how to use two circles of cardboard cut from a cereal box. They were a quick and fun activity, especially on a rainy afternoon. Fast forward to a few years ago and I picked up a pack of the Clover Pom-Pom makers purely for their appealing craft gadget nature. Now Clover have expanded their range to include more sizes, from tiny 20 and 25mm diameter ones to the large 65 and 85mm makers. This means you can literally make them and put them on everything!

For this review I was presented with the extra small pack (20 and 25mm) and the small pack (35 and 45mm) which I had previous experience of. It had been a while since I had last pom-pomed so I was intrigued to see how the sizes would compare when it came to ease and the all important fluffability factor.

Once you get the hang of it they are pretty straight forward to use. Basic instructions in multiple languages and with pictures can be found on the back of the packaging, with a more detail step-by-step guide inside. You basically open up the maker “arches” and wind wool around one set. I found that how many layers you wrapped depended upon the type of wool you were using, but the more you wrapped the fluffier the outcome. You then close the arch up and make a start on the second arch in the same way. 

Once that was closed, you firmly hold the maker in one hand and snip up the middle of the wrapped wool on each side with some small snips or embroidery scissors. You definitely need something sharp and pointy, especially for the tiny pom-pom makers. 

All that’s left is to tie a longer piece of wool around the centre of the pom-pom to hold it in place, release the pom-pom from the maker by pulling the two halves apart and then snip to preen and shape your new fluff ball!

Once in the swing of things these makers could be said to be better than the retro cardboard rings. They also provide that consistency of size which comes in handy when making multiple pom-poms for multiple products. They are made of sturdy plastic with a steel pin in the centre and only scratch slightly with some aggressive snipping on the tiny pom-poms which I must admit I found too fiddly to use. Perhaps leave the extra small-sizes for smaller hands and get the kids involved!

Pom-poms are definitely on trend at the moment, with them popping up in colourful clusters around straw beach hats, on the edges of spring scarves and as key rings on handbags. For a fun do it yourself project, stitch a couple to some shoe clips and have some funky interchangeable, fluffy shoes!

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Product Review: Prym Ergonomic Knitting Needles by Elaine

Hi Everyone,

Today we have the lovely Elaine from That Random Madam product testing the new Prym Ergonomic Knitting Needles for us that have recently arrived here at Minerva Crafts. This is what Elaine had to say...

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I really am very very excited, I have just joined Minerva Crafts universe and become a product tester. They sent a shout out to makers to join them and I quickly applied and was delighted when they said yes!

My first mission is to test a product from Prym, a large German craft supplies company. Most of us will probably have used something of theirs in the past, my local stores stock their goods such as poppers and buttons and other notions. Now they have launched an innovative take on the Knitting Needle.

"How can you improve on the humble knitting needle?" I hear you ask, as did I but I was intrigued and that's why I requested to have a go with these. The Prym needles are hailed as 'ergonomic' and as an RSI sufferer, I am very mindful of seeking solutions which take into account the fact that we are flesh and blood and consider looking after our bits and pieces.

So what's so special about these needles and what makes them 'Ergonomic'? Well as soon as you see them you can tell that they are different. They appear relatively long compared to standard needles and the first thing you notice is that they have a bulbous knob on the end and they are not uniform thickness along the length.

Usually knitting needles have a screw on cap at the end, which in my experience means they come unscrewed. Now I'm a loser, I don't mean that I'm a loser - I just mean I'm good at losing things. Lids, caps and all manner of attachments generally fall off and roll away when on my watch. So this feature appeals to me.  These needles appear to be moulded from one piece of material so there is no cap to fall off and get lost, in addition to this the needles clip together, this will help with storing and keeping pairs intact. 

Another feature of these needles is their shape, rather than being cylindrical the main shaft is in fact a triangle, not unlike the shape of a Toblerone (...ahhh Toblerone... need to get me to an airport sometime soon so I can get large multi flavoured Toblerone...) Sorry, where was I? Oh yes shaped like a Toblerone. Am I the only one whose knitting needles frequently fall on the floor and roll away? I think this may help with that problem.

I was asked to try two different sizes of needle so I went for a 4mm and a 7mm. I tried the 7mm first with a chunky yarn that has been working its way towards a coatigan for a couple of  winters now, the needles feel comfortable in the hand and that triangular shape does seem easier to keep hold of . The needles also seem to hold the wool better as well. My regular needles are smooth and I've had work simply slide off the needle dropping stitches everywhere. These Prym needles seem to have a slightly less slippery surface and this together with the toblerony, knobbly endedness makes it less easy for the work to slide off.  I really enjoyed knitting with this, so much so that I've made a vow that these needles will see to it that my coatigan will be worn next winter without fail.

Then I tried the 4mm pair on another (yes another) piece of Work-in-Progress; this is a lighter cotton yarn. This pair have the same novel qualities of the clip together bulbs at the end, the triangular shaft and a slight knob at the point which allows the needle to slide into the loop of the yarn easily. Again I liked the feel of the needle in my hand, however this needle was sent to me in the longer length (the 40cm ones) and I did feel these were a little long for me and it's much more bendy than the thicker shorter needle. 

The needles are pitched as ergonomic. Knitting was very comfortable with both sets of needles although I'll need to get used the flex in the thinner needles. Overall I really enjoyed using them, they are lighter, comfortable and they also hold your work well, which means that the overall knitting experience is nicer. I can definitely see myself adding these to my set of needles next time I need some.

Elaine Batiste

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Product Review: Clover Pompom Makers by Lucie

Hi Everyone,

We are huge fans of the Clover Pompom Maker Tools here at Minerva HQ so we decided to send some off to our Minerva product reviewers to see what they thought and to see what creative ways they could come up with for using pom poms! Here is what Lucie from Love, Lucie Craft Blog had to say....

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The fad for pom poms shows no sign of fading. Adorning bags, shoes, necklaces and home decor, the pom pom looks here to stay for a little longer at least.

My daughter had seen some pom pom garlands on Pinterest so when Minerva Crafts asked me to review their Clover Pom Pom makers I knew just what to make.

I was sent 2 sizes, small and very small. Together these make pom poms from 1 ½ inch to ¾ inch.

The beauty of these pom pom makers is that it takes all the time out of making the pom poms. I made this lot in just an hour, one evening.

They are sturdy little gadgets too. Snuggly fitting together and coming apart just easily enough to release your pom pom.

My tips for making pom poms;

  • Wrap more yarn around the maker than you think. Then you get a firmer fuller pom pom.

  • To really tightly tie your pom pom’s centre, holding it together, use string or cotton. The acrylic or wool blend tends to have some give in it and you need to tie it really tight.

  • Trim your pom pom after making to get a lovely round even shape.

  • You’ll need small sharp strong scissors to cut the yarn when making the smallest pom poms.

The garland was very simple to make. A child could easily make one of these. Just make your pom poms, these are using the 1 inch pom pom maker, and thread them on some cotton string using a large eye tapestry needle. The pom poms tend to stay where you place them at so there is no need to knot your string to keep them in place.

For the star I bent a wire coat hanger into a star shape and tied on my larger pom poms using the string that I had used to tie the pom pom centre which I then trimmed off. I secured the pompoms to the coat hanger with a glue gun on the back of the star. This stopped the pom poms twisting around to the rear. I then added the smaller pom poms to the front, just using the glue gun.

Then just add fairy lights! I chose to use ‘ice cream’ colours to match my daughter’s room but bright primary colours would be great too.

At night it looks like this.

Perfect for a teenagers bedroom.

Thanks Minerva Crafts for sending me these ace Clover pom pom makers to review. They were great fun!

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Product Review: Needlecord Cleo by Ali

I was delighted to be asked to review this Needlecord Fabric. Not knowing what to expect I was rather surprised when I opened my delivery ….. beautiful quality stretch needlecord but the colour and design was not something I would normally choose.

I quickly decided I wanted to make a Tilly and The Buttons Cleo dungaree dress – the fabric is the perfect weight for this pattern. 

I laundered it at 40 degrees and left it to dry overnight. It washed and ironed beautifully. Cutting out the pattern proved tricky for my scissors because of the thickness of the fabric. I was also slightly unnerved that the pattern design and the nap seem to be running in opposite directions! So I have cut out with the nap going upwards - it's not a strong nap and because of the colour and the design, it doesn't notice at all.

This fabric sewed beautifully. The stitches just sunk into it so neatly and evenly. The overlocker coped admirably with the seam finishes too. 

Preparing the pockets involves folding the edges over, so the corners are therefore quite thick. A little bit of hammering with my craft hammer made those corners very simple to sew.

I cut out a full lining instead of the facings and understitching this made it very straightforward to press flat with no peaking out.

I made two buttonholes instead of buckles this time and they sewed well on the needlecord too. 

The hem was made clean and neat by using my clapper, a new sewing tool that I love!

The finished Cleo looks great, despite my reservations about the colour and design! It hangs well, is comfy because of the stretch. I have teamed it with a cream top I made some time ago and will wear it with brown tights and brown boots.

I would love to use this fabric again if it were available in different colours and designs. It would make fabulous skirts and jeans and pinafore dresses and maybe even a coat. The weight of it makes it warm and the stretch means it's very comfy to wear.

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#FabricFriday - New Scuba & Jersey Fabrics

Anything that gives you a hint of 'tropical' is in at the moment. None more so than this beautiful silky Jersey Fabric which has just landed at Minerva HQ this week! This is one of our clearance fabrics and is priced at just £3.99 per mt.

Something long and quick to sew for your holidays perhaps? New Look Sewing Pattern 6210 fits the bill. This is one of those patterns you could sew up in an hour or certainly not much longer. So if you are thinking "I could do with just one more dress for the hols" look no further!

Alternately this fabric hangs so softly and drapes beautifully, why not make a very drapey top/jacket such as Butterick Pattern 5529...

This pattern has been around a while but jackets like versions D and E never date and always seem to be in fashion. I would imagine making one of these jackets in this vibrant leaf design would set off many a dress or top/trousers on your hols. The lineart shows the two jackets a little more clearly.

Version E is lined on the pattern but I would omit the lining if making in this fabric. Lining it would limit the amount of drape and I feel this fabric is at its best when draping as much as possible.

I can never resist showing you anything scuba and today is no exception. Take a look at this brand new Scuba Fabric and just imagine it being made into McCalls Pattern 7122 (yet another exceptionally easy pattern) Version B is pretty stunning don't you think?

And wait for it... the price is a superb £11.99 per mt!

The pattern is from the 'learn to sew for fun' range so if you are a beginner or just need a refresh after time spent not sewing, this is an ideal choice for you. Take a look at the lineart of version B

Note the raglan sleeves (these are much easier to fit for a beginner) and the ever so slight flare, again easier to fit.

If my fabric choices for you today are a little too bright, this last fabric should please your eye. Again this one is a brand new Scuba Dress Fabric, but this time in gentle shades of peach and grey on a black background at just £11.99 per mt. This fabric would truly take you through day wear or evening wear, it will keep its shape as scuba does and look absolutely stunning, don't you agree? 

I will finish with a little thankyou to one of our lovely customers Lesley who came to the craft centre today. She hasn't sewn for some years and said she had spent most of the weekend reading my blog posts. She loved them and found them very helpful. So again thankyou for your lovely comments and thankyou to you all for reading. 

Annette xx

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Papercut Patterns Sigma Dress

Hi everyone, it's Kathy here again from www.sewdainty.co.uk and I am delighted to be writing another guest post for the Minerva Crafts Blog.

A few weeks ago I noticed that Minerva Crafts were now stockists for Papercut Patterns. This is great news as it means you can get your hands on their lovely patterns without waiting for them to be shipped over from New Zealand which is where they are based. The pattern I chose is the Sigma Dress Sewing Pattern.

The pattern packaging is just beautiful, it feels like you are opening a gift. Inside are the instructions and pattern pieces to make the dress (and a skirt), and are printed on great quality thick brown paper. 

Papercut patterns choose to use 100% recycled and recyclable products wherever possible. The pattern is also multi-sized and has a great range of sizes from XXS - XL.

My fabric choice is a pretty soft lightweight Cotton Chambray Fabric. It was perfect. I knew I wanted a light to medium weight cotton and this chambray has just the right amount of weight to give the gathers at the waist the correct amount of structure.

Cutting out the pattern was easy and straightforward, thanks to a nice clear cutting layout. Although the fabric isn't particularly directional, I did find that when I looked at it I did have a preference to which way I wanted it to lay, so was careful to make sure the pattern pieces where all the correct way up. This did mean moving some of the pieces so that they weren't placed 'upside down' but it was easy to do and didn't seem to use up any extra fabric. I should say that this dress comes up quite short so I also chose to add 8cm in length to the dress skirts, as I am quite small (5'2"), and this was perfect for me.

I love the design of this dress. The sweet little gathers at either side below the waist seam are so pretty and flattering, and lovely and simple to sew. It also has pockets, and we all love pockets in a dress don't we?

The only challenges this dress has in terms of skills needed are darts, gathers and zip insertion. So perhaps not suitable for a total beginner, but for someone that has a little bit of previous sewing experience. Papercut patterns rate their patterns in 3 bands of difficulty, and this sits in their middle band described as a 'skilled' project.

The dress fastening is a 60cm Invisible Zip. I love the look that an invisible zip gives but I see no reason that you couldn't use a more chunky zip if you prefer that finish.

I chose to make the short sleeved version, but there is the option to make a long sleeved dress if that is your preference. As mentioned there is the option to make just the skirt too! How great!

I am absolutely thrilled with how the dress has turned out. It is fairly simple to sew, true to size, and I know that I will make many more of these dresses - I am already planning my next one!  I certainly think it is a dress that could look quite different in a plain fabric - maybe this could give you a more formal look. 

I also added a name label when attaching the neck facing, I don't always remember to do this when I get carried away with my sewing!

So there you have it. A super little dress pattern which I am totally in love with. I do hope that you have enjoyed this review and might be inspired to give it a go yourself.

Happy sewing! 

Kathy 

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Product Review: Prym Ironing Sheet by Simona

Hi Everyone,

We have had some fab new Haberdashery products from Prym in stock recently so we decided to send some off to our Minerva product reviewers to see what they thought! We sent the Prym Ironing Sheet to Simona from Sewing Adventures in the Attic blog for her to test and here is what she had to say....

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About a month ago or so, the lovely people at Minerva Crafts have put a call out for crafty people that could help them test the products they want to sell on their impressive online shop. I thought this is a fun opportunity to test some products and looks at things from the point of view of the user and share this with others, so signed up for it.

I was asked to test the Prym Ironing Sheet for Quitling and Sewing which is described as a 'Multifunctional ironing underlay, with printed cm grid and angle markings as well as sorting loops and pockets, pin cushion and removable fabric bag. The perfect accessory for any crafter, quilter or dressmaker!'

This came right on time as I was thinking of ways I could avoid using my ironing board. It comes well packaged and it's light weight, although it looks a bit bulky in the package.

When you take out of the pack, it has creases from being packed. However once you start using it the creases come out and it lays flat on your table or the flat surface you want to use it on.

If you know you will be using a lot of steam, I suggest you use it on a surface that it is not affected by steam. This is because the steam travels through and can wet your table. I suggest you not to use it directly on a surface that is not suitable. To sort this issue one could use another layer of cotton or a tablecloth that could absorb the steam.

It is made of 3 layers one of calico, one of padding and one of heat reflective material all overlocked together . It has one removable fabric bag, 3 pockets big enough to keep all sort of haberdashery and a pincushion. All very useful.

I prefer to use the removable bag to keep my labels. However it is big enough to use for small pieces of fabric or threads you cut off while working, to keep the area tidy and off the floor.

The top layer has printed on it a grid that can be used to check small measurements and you do not fancy taking out your tape measure. It also has angles of 30, 45 and 60 degrees marked on it as well.

The pockets are quite big and I tend to keep spare needles, scissors, threads, my marking pen, zips or other supplies needed for the current project so I can have access to them quicker.

Just to warn you, that if you use the pockets you will then need to use your sewing machine and iron to anchor it to your table. Otherwise the weight will pull it off the table. This means you lose working space because of the machine. I would have loved to keep my items in the pockets permanently. I think a wider sheet with maybe pockets on both long sides would have solved this issue. The problem is solved if you skip on using the pockets and only make use of the pin cushion and use the ironing sheet only for pressing seams.

I tend to use mine all on the table, so I can only add a few items I need for the project I am currently working on which are not too bulky.

Because of its size (50cmx92cm) it is also suitable to be taken out of the house, where it would not be easy to take an ironing board (such as a sewing club in a Community Centre). I only need a Prym Mini Iron now to go with it.

Although I'd make some changes to make it perfect for me, I think it is a pretty nifty product, that could help those struggling with space and can't keep the ironing board up all the time, especially as sometimes you don't need a lot of space to press your seams.

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Q&A with Lara from Handmade by Lara Liz

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your blog?

I am so excited to be here today on the Minerva Crafts blog chatting a little bit about my love of sewing and about my blog! My name is Lara and I’m a blogger from Arlington, VA USA – just outside Washington, DC. I started my blog Handmade by Lara Liz as a way to document my makes and connect even further with the incredible network of sewists! I blog about my makes, sewing plans, favorite sewing notions and tools and patterns and fabric that I love.

When did you start crafting and what inspired you to start? What was your first project?

I am rather new to the crafting world. When I was in elementary school and middle school, I was the student that avoided art class at all cost! Much to my surprise, after I got married in 2015, I decided to take up knitting and fell in love with it immediately. After taking a learn to knit course where I knit a scarf that I never even finished, I started knitting shawls, hats, blankets and sweaters.

As a financial statement auditor during the day, I find myself spending the majority of my work day working on the computer and was so desperately searching for something different to do in the evenings and weekends when I’m not working! Knitting fit the bill 100%.

After knitting for 6 months, I decided to give sewing a whirl. While I never ever thought I would be sewing garments, I took a sewing lesson at a local sewing shop and have been sewing garments ever since!

What is your favourite craft?

It’s hard for me to choose between knitting and sewing as they really are so different in my mind. Knitting for me is the ultimate relaxing activity – a good thing for me to do to wind down at the end of the long day. Sewing on the other hand is a way for me to replace so many of my ready to wear clothes in my closet with clothes that I love and feel SO proud of! I do think sewing is my favorite by a smidge though as I don't tend to wear my hand knits, but I wear all of my handmade sewn clothes.

What do you love most about crafting?

As someone who wasn't a huge crafter until recently, I love the way it provides a nice distraction from the other busy parts of our lives. Prior to picking up knitting and subsequently sewing, I would come home at night from work, watch Netflix and spend time on my phone and computer. Once I started knitting and sewing, I feel so much more productive during the week and on the weekends when I'm not working and I have some really amazing clothes to show off when I head back to work on Monday!

Do your friends or family craft along with you?

While I don't have any family that crafts along with me, I've been so fortunate to meet (or connect with via blogs and instagram) so many amazing sewists. I sew often at my local sewing shop, where I've met some amazing women to share my craft with!

Who do you make things for?

I unfortunately (or fortunately for me!) am a selfish sewist. I've made some accessories for other people, but I mainly sew for me!

What 3 sewing tools could you not live without?

This is a tough one – I'm a notions kind of girl! But if I had to pick three essentials, I would say:

1. Seam Ripper – I mean, I can pretend that I don't make tons of mistakes but that would be a big lie! The seam ripper and I are best friends. I've tried a bunch of different types of seam rippers, but always go back to the tried and true like this one here!

2.       Wonder Clips – I use pins of the majority of my woven garments while sewing, but tend to use wonder clips when sewing up knits. They help keep the fabric stable as I run it through the overlocker.

3.       Rotary Cutter – I cut almost all my fabric using a rotary cutter. My favorite one is this Olfa Deluxe Safety Rotary Cutter. If I didn't have it, I wouldn't be able to cut into my fabric!

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

Rayon Fabrics and Knit Fabrics hands down! I love rayons as the drapiness on it makes it look so much like many of the ready to wear items in my closet. Knits are so quick and satisfying – plus, they are so comfortable.

What is your favourite product on the Minerva Crafts website and what would you make with it?

I tend to sew indie patterns so I picked some patterns + fabric combinations that are right up my alley from the Minerva Crafts website – who knows, you might see one of these combinations on me soon!

Tilly and the Buttons Coco Top and Dress + Diamond Quilted Stretch Jersey

Colette Laurel Top and Dress + Pastel Floral Pink Poplin or Vintage Style Pastel Floral  Poplin in Ivory

Pauline Alice Aldaia Dress + Bright Pink Ponte Roma

How many projects do you have on the go at one time?

I am a serial monogamous sewist – so usually just one at a time!

Whats your favourite thing you have ever made?

Hands down, my Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Patterns (see pattern here). If you're interested in sewing up a pair of jeans, I highly recommend this as a great first jean pattern! I've made three pairs and there will be many more in my future – I'm dreaming up some colored and white jeans for this summer!

Some of my other favorite include by Chloe Coat from Sew Over It, my Bonn Shirt from Itch to Stitch and my Heather Dress from Sew Over It.

 

Do you watch TV or listen to music while you craft?

I don't tend to watch TV or listen to music but I listen to audio books. I use audible on my phone and a wireless speaker that I can hear over the sewing machine. Some of my favorites books I've listened to recently are What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty and Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.

What/who do you go to for inspiration before you start crafting?

Instagram is an endless source of inspiration for me!

Do you follow other blogs? If so which blogs?

I follow lots of other blogs and bloggers on Instagram. Check out my Bloglovin' page to see all the blogs I follow!

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