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Archives: November 2013


Question and Answer with Rachel of House of Pinheiro

Meet Rachel from House of Pinheiro...

When did you start sewing and what inspired you to start?

I’m a creative and energetic person by nature. Sewing is an outlet that found its way into my life by chance. I always loved it but the feeling wasn't nurtured as creative arts as sewing isn’t very valued in Brazil. People mostly sew by necessity to obtain or reinforce their main income. It seems to be changing slowly and I really hope one day we can have a strong community like we have in the UK and USA.

What was your first sewing project?

 My 1st taster was an evening adult class in Sept 2009 . I made a denim skirt { simplicity Cynthia Rowley 2512} and never looked back. Christmas that year My fellow bought me a sewing machine and I been stashing fabric and notions even since.

What do you love most about sewing?

Besides escapism from the mundane, the opportunity to use my hands and get an outcome from my hard work. It feels go to go though the creative process of picking your materials and adapting the design to suit your personality and lifestyle. I love the social aspect of it and how many fiends I have made thought my sewing journey.

To thank the sewing community during Christmas I will release a free sewing pattern, the Brasilia Dress.

What made you decide to start blog about your sewing?

 I used to connect with others via forums and having a blog was a natural progression.

How are you liking being part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network?

 I’m trilled because I have connected with the people behind the business. It was lovely to meet in person a darling family, eager partner with its customers to help and encourage more people to take part. Being behind the scenes made me see all the hard work. Thanks for having me!

What 3 sewing or craft items/tools could you not live without?

 A good (that mean sharp) pair or scissors and rotary cutter

Tracing wheel & wax paper

My pincushions, I have grown quite a collection.

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

Cotton sateen ,viscose and wool. Easy to work with and I love the range of colours and textures available.

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

 When I start a sewing project I have only a vague idea of what I want and during the process that I develop ideas and make changes. I would say my closet is my main inspiration. Things I need and would like to replicate as starting points.

Are there any other crafts that you enjoy doing other than Sewing?

 Oh, Baking. Yumm Yummm...

Are there any other crafts you would love to learn?

 Im a very slow and beginner knitter. I wish I was better.

As you have inspired many others in the past to start sewing through your blog and Social Networking sites, what would you say to other potential sewers who may want to give it a try?

 Be yourself, don’t follow trends. Sew what makes your heart beat faster.

Don't be scared of mistakes. Its an integral part of learning and the seam ripper is your best friend. I have spent many nights undoing things but learned a great deal.

Join the conversation by commenting on things you love. Show your support to others and they will do the same with you.

Could you sum yourself up as a sewer in 3 words?

Experimental,social and fun.

Here are just some of Rachel's makes and see all Rachel's posts from the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network;