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Q&A with Sophia from Jessalli Handmade

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your blog?
I’m Sophia, the creator of Jessalli Handmade. I started my blog to show my customers behind the scenes in my studio and the production of my handmade personalised gifts. But it grew into a platform to share everything about my handmade life, latest makes and crafting discoveries. 
When did you start crafting and what inspired you to start? What was your first project?
I’ve been crafting since I was tiny. My Mum taught me to sew. She used to make all our costumes for school plays and ballet showcases. I used to love wearing what she made me, and I was always interested in it. So she taught me how and the rest is history!
What is your favourite craft?
I love sewing. Sewing is my life. I’ve only recently got back into dressmaking, after many years of making soft furnishings and gifts. It’s come back with a bang though and I’m totally addicted. 
What do you love most about crafting?
I love the whole process, from drawing out ideas, the making and then the satisfaction of having something no one else has. That’s why I think I love making gifts for friends and family too. It’s more personal. 
Do your friends or family craft along with you?
Mum loves to sew with me. She used to help me a huge amount back in the day. I’ve tried to get my sister into it, but she’s more interested in baking (something I’m awful at!). Everyone else loves what I do, but doesn’t necessarily want to help - especially if it takes more than 15 minutes!
Who do you make things for?
Everyone. My mum always asks me to embellish her clothes with my designs. My friends love me making outfits for them. My sister likes me to customise her shop-bought items and most of my family love receiving handmade gifts. I’m always busy. And then of course I actually have a business to run too! 
What made you decide to start to blog about your crafting?
It was a way for my customers to see me making their precious items. I wanted them to be able to see into my studio and all the processes of making. I’m so glad I did. 
What 3 sewing or craft items/tools could you not live without?
Small Snips, Medium Dressmaking Scissors and my beloved machine Maggie. 
What are your favourite fabrics to sew with and why?
Most of my products and gifts are made from Cotton Fabric. But dressmaking wise, I love to sew with Jersey Fabric and Ponte Roma Knits
What is your favourite product on the Minerva Crafts website and what would you make with it?
At the moment the Multicoloured Fleck Soft Sweatshirt Fabric in Pink. I love baby pink right now and think a gorgeously cosy drop-shoulder sweater would be amazing. 
How many projects do you have on the go at one time?
Gosh, too many. I maybe have 3 or 4 orders all ‘in the making’ at any one time. Then 2 or 3 personal projects too. I’m always in a state of making. And I love it like that. 
Whats your favourite thing you have ever made?
I’d have to say, now, my Palm Leaf print Holly Jumpsuit. It was my first project for the MCBN and so different to what I usually make and wear. But I’ve totally fallen in love with it and want to wear it all the time! I love how an item of clothing can make you feel so good!
What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)?
At the moment I’m actually making another Holly Jumpsuit for my best friend. She’s got a ball to go to and we thought a bright red crepe version would look stunning. Luckily we found the perfect red polyester crepe on the website!
Do you watch TV or listen to music while you craft?
I always listen to music. I usually go through Spotify playlists and listen to anything from acoustic tracks to 90’s pop songs!
What/who do you go to for inspiration before you start crafting?
Pinterest. If, say, I have a sweater pattern and am thinking about making a floral print variation. I’ll type in ‘floral sweater’ and see what looks great and what colours I think would look good on me. Then I can search for fabrics that are as close to my vision. 
Do you have a crafty tip you would like to share?
Always have a good quality sharp pair of scissors. You will not survive without them. 
Do you follow other blogs? If so which blogs?
I try to. It’s hard to find the time to read and follow all my favourites. Youtube is now a great way for me to easily catch up with what they’re doing. I love watching Lisa Comfort from Sew Over It, and love reading Studio DIY.
Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
Only write about what you love. However, If you’ve made something you’re not proud of, share it anyway and share your mistakes. You’ll be surprised at how invaluable that information is to others. No body is perfect!
Could you sum yourself up as a crafter in 3 words?
Perfectionist, Passionate and Pattern obsessed! 
What are your crafting ambitions?
My one ambition is to have a Handmade wardrobe. As in, no matter what I’m doing or where I’m going I’ll have something I’ve made that I can wear! 
What would you say to anyone looking to start a new craft?
Don’t hesitate. Everyone has to start somewhere. And most importantly, have fun!
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Q&A with Sarah from WanderStitch

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

Hi everyone :) I’m Sarah, based in London. I’m a cyclist, dressmaker and dog mum and you can find my sewing blog over at www.wanderstitch.com where I talk about my adventures in creating things.

I am very much about ‘individualism’ – I love things that are different from the norm and challenge the status quo. My head is always in the clouds dreaming about my Next Big Thing – whether this is thinking of the perfect combination of pattern and fabric, or where I want to go next on holiday, or which country I would like to move to…

I named my blog ‘Wanderstitch’ because of this constant wanderlust I have. I imagine it to be what fabric and needles and thread dream of – wondering what item they will eventually be made into!

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

My Mum was a tailoress, and although she never taught me to sew she bought me my first sewing machine when I was 16 (which I retired only last year!). She taught me to knit when I was small, and since then I have crafted pretty much all my life - you name it, I’ve tried it! Knitting, scrapbooking, card making, crochet, embroidery, cross stitch… I’ve done it all. It’s been so long I can’t even remember what my first project was, though I suspect that it was a knitted scarf as I’m always cold.

What is your favourite craft?

I would say that sewing is my favourite craft, but closely followed by knitting. These are the two crafts that have survived through my years of making and that I’m still actively spending time on. I think these have been the ones that I’ve kept up because I enjoy making something that is useful and functional - it appeals to my practical and resourceful side!

What do you love most about crafting?

I love being able to create something that has come from my imagination. I enjoy combining colours, patterns and notions together into something unique. Seeing something develop from an idea into a real thing is amazing. However it can be frustrating sometimes when you can’t find that perfect pattern or the exact materials you want to bring your vision to life - but this just means you have to spend more time looking at craft shops!

Do your friends or family craft along with you?

My husband has some crafting hobbies, and I’m teaching him to sew. He also takes the photographs of me for my blog!

Who do you make things for?

I make things for myself, and my husband. We both struggle with getting the right fit with ready-to-wear clothes so this way I can tailor things to our shapes. Being a girl that doesn’t wear florals, pastels or anything too ‘girly’, a lot of the clothes I see in stores just aren’t to my taste so by making my own I can choose the fabrics and the style and create something that’s more ‘me’.

What made you decide to start to blog about your crafting?

In all honesty, it was a colleague that nagged me for a good few months to start one after seeing all my creations! I’m glad she did though, I really enjoy it and there is such a wonderful, encouraging community out there. I’ve promised her that if I ever become famous, she can have whatever job she chooses at my company!

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

1. My button foot for my sewing machine – no more hand stitching! It saves me so much time when I make shirts.

2. My pressing clapper - I’ve only had it a little while and I wish I had bought one years ago. It really helps with making seams behave.

3. The third item, unfortunately, is my seam ripper!

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with and why?

I think Quilting Cottons Fabrics would be my favourite fabrics, because of the wide range of cool prints you can get! Cotton Lawn Fabric is a close second favourite, as it’s my go-to fabric for making shirts (which I make a LOT of). I don’t really make a lot of things out of jersey so that’s something I rarely buy. I tend to shy away from slippery fabrics but I have some ideas for silk summer tops so it looks like I will just have to bite the bullet and master them.

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

I try and stick to one project and see it through from start to finish, however if I’m making something really complex and intensive like a coat I will usually have another project on the go just to break things up a little! Sometimes though if I have a lot of really cool prints in the project queue I just want to work with all of them at the same time…

Whats your favourite thing you have ever made?

My favourite make is my Marvel Comics dress which I made last year. I just love the fabric.

What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)? Do you have a photo?

My latest WIP is a Melilot blouse from Deer and Doe patterns, in a cat print viscose. This is one of the afore-mentioned slippery fabric projects I’ve been avoiding - it’s looking good so far, but let’s see how it turns out!

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

I listen to music, but I don’t watch TV as I would find it too distracting. I like to give my full attention to what I am sewing, otherwise seams would get sewn with the wrong sides together and zips would go in upside down.

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

I find inspiration everywhere, and it can strike me at the most random moments! I always wait until I’m completely sure about the combination of fabric and pattern before I start a project - I know that if I’m not totally sure, it’s best not to start it. Instead I will wait until I find the perfect partners. I go with my gut instinct - if I’m hesitating over something, I put it to one side and wait until I’m sure. I have a lovely shirt pattern that I really want to sew but I just haven’t found the right fabric yet - but I’ll keep waiting and looking because when I see the right one, I’ll know.

Do you have a crafty tip you would like to share?

Check out charity shops for things like lightweight scarves (that can be used for pocket linings) and garments with interesting buttons that can be re-used. It’s a nice way to give your item a unique look, plus you get brownie points for recycling!

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Take lots and lots of pictures of your work, including ones of all sides of the whole garment and closer ones of the finer details. If you were looking at the item in real life, you would home in on any interesting looking details, so make sure that you have clear close-up pictures of these for people to see. Don’t be afraid to discuss what went wrong or what you struggled with either - we are all learning and your experience might help someone else.

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

Alternative, loud, individual!

What are your crafting ambitions?

I would love to have my own range of patterns – I already have some ideas in my head, I just need to find the time to sketch them down, do some toiles, and then learn how to draft patterns… I think I’ve got enough ideas and projects to keep me going until I’m 100.

What would you say to anyone looking to start sewing?

I would say learn to look past the photos on the pattern envelopes. They are only one person’s idea of how that item could be made – instead look at the line drawings, these are your blank canvas for your own colours and styles. Don’t be afraid to try things out either - the patterns you buy are merely a guiding template for the construction. And absolutely do not be afraid of making mistakes, it WILL happen and it’s part of the learning curve – you’ll get better because of the mistakes you make!

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Q&A with Corrine from What Corrine Did Next Blog

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

Hi I'm Corrine from What Corrine Did Next! I've been blogging for the last two and a half years. The easiest way for me to describe it is a mash up of Sewing Bee meets Bake Off (but then making and eating all those cakes, being able to make and adjust clothes is pretty helpful!) I started my website to encourage people to have a go at something new - you'll notice almost all of my recipes and makes are relatively simple (generally beginner or intermediate level)...this is deliberately for this purpose!

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

I started sewing in 2013. My friend and cousin were on the same dressmaking course and I wanted to get in on the action. They found they got very little from their course as they spent most of the session waiting for the tutor to come round, so we formed our own little sewing bee with my mum helping us when we got stuck. Mum gave me her machine when I properly started sewing. She bought it with the money my Gran left to her so it's a special machine for us both and I've christened it Annie after her (don't worry, I treated mum to a new Singer, she's still sewing lots of bags!)

What was your first project?

My first project was a disaster - I decided to make a blue shell top from craft cotton with an exposed red zip...my poor mum (who is a fabulous seamstress) was trying to teach me and had her head in her hands on lots of occasions, thinking I'd never pick it up. I gave up briefly then was seduced by an advent calendar panel to quilt, got the bug (and a bit of skill) and I've not looked back!

What do you love most about sewing?

The thrill of making something beautiful from scratch still makes me really happy...having someone ask where I bought it from makes me even happier! Seriously though, being able to make whatever pops into my head rather than trawling round endless shops and feeling frustrated I can't find what I wanted has been the biggest draw - I love designing my perfect wardrobe.

Do your friends or family craft along with you?

Yes, my mum, cousin and friend Lynsey are all keen sewists (my friend Lynsey makes the most beautiful childrenswear as Yellow Bug Designs - her Instagram feed is just the cutest and I'd kill to be as neat as her!)

Who do you make things for?

A mix - I love sewing my own wardrobe but nothing makes me happier than sewing for other people - handmade gifts are so much fun to make and give! Last Christmas I tried to make as many gifts as possible.

Do you have a favourite snack when crafting?

Cake - my Rocky Road Bites are the perfect accompaniment :)

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

Good Pair of Scissors (I love my Fiskars), Clover Quilting Clips (they're much easier than pins when you're securing jersey) and my little Embroidery Snips for when it all goes horribly wrong (I prefer them so much more than a seam ripper)

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

For me it's got to be Jersey Fabric. If I look at my RTW wardrobe I used to buy so many jersey items and I love me-made jersey items just as much. When I began sewing one of the first things I made for myself was a royal blue Ruby Dress in ponte roma - I've certainly not shied away from knit fabrics!

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

It can vary greatly - I like to cut out projects in batches so I'd say 4-5 on average but I like to know I always have something ready to start (as well as it being a huge timesaver).

Whats your favourite thing you have ever made?

It's got to be my advent calendar - it's not my most technical project by a long shot but it holds lots of great memories of learning to sew. 

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

At the moment I'm renovating a spare bedroom into my sewing studio so I've currently taken over the dining table with my back to the TV. You'll most likely find me listening to music while I sew, with Foo Fighters, Paramore, Evanescence and You Me At Six featuring heavily on my playlist.

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

I love Instagram - I'm not alone in saying this, so many of us would agree, the sewing community are a great support and source of inspiration. I could waste hours looking at what everyone else is making! It's perfect for seeking out a new pattern to make!

Do you have a crafty tip you would like to share?

Think about your garment insides, making then as neat as the outside give a more professional finish. It will make you feel like you're winning at sewing - I used Hong Kong seams in my Morris Blazer and I love them every time I put my jacket on.

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Enjoy what you're doing and be yourself - there's nothing more engaging as a reader than getting to know who you're reading about so make it personal!

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

Haha, it's probably easier for me to answer that as someone around me when I sew...probably a "little bit sweary" (well it doesn't always work does it?!)

What are your crafting ambitions?

I'd love to move into delivering workshops and share my love of sewing with other people.

What would you say to anyone looking to start sewing?

Have a go, start simple and enjoy what you're doing, it's a great hobby to get into!

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

A classic, but I love the range of Ponte Roma Fabric - from Morris Blazers to Cocos to pencil skirts, it's so versatile (and really warm in winter, you feel like you're wearing pyjamas!) it's a staple for me and Minerva Crafts have such a geat selection to choose from!

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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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Q&A with Carly from Lucky Sew and Sew

Hi everyone,

A little while ago I stumbled across Lucky Sew and Sew and asked Carly if she would like to do a Q&A so you could find out a bit more about her and her blog!

Carly said yes! So here goes...

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

My blog is a little insight into my life in general - a culmination of the sewing for my business, sewing for myself and my family, my children, my mad life. I try and keep things as real and honest as possible. Being a wife, a Mummy and having a handmade business is a lot of guess work, frustration and going-with-the-flow. I want to share what makes me happy, what i'm up to, any tips and tricks i've found, my achievements and even my battles. Trying to make a living from what makes you happy is tough, but if I can do it, then so can anyone, and I hope to enforce that with my blog.

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

I've always been more creative than academic (although my art teacher at school would have said otherwise!). I've always loved crafting and made a lot of things for my wedding myself. It wasn't until after my son was born, in late 2012 that I first tried my hand at sewing. Unfamiliar with my post-baby body, and not ready to go shopping for new clothes yet, I decided to sew my own vintage-inspired dress. I borrowed my Mum's sewing machine, bought a vintage pattern and some fabric (I couldn't read the back of the pattern properly yet and ended up with 6m of fabric!), and just went in blind. The pattern was several sizes too small, so I even had to grade it up - I had no idea what I was doing! Suprisingly, it turned out really well, and I felt a massive surge of satisfaction from making something myself. The love affair with sewing started then.

What is your favourite craft?

Most definitley sewing!

What do you love most about crafting?

The freedom that it gives you to create something completley unique. I love that.

Do your friends or family craft along with you?

My Mum and I sew together alot. Lucky Sew and Sew is a joint venture for us both. I also try and involve my children with crafts when I can, although they are a little bit young at the minute. My three year old loves to press the foot pedal when i'm sewing, but his most favourite thing to do is to pick out fabrics that he likes for me to sew him something from. He also loves to look at my vintage sewing pattern collection with me, he loves the drawings on the front of the packets!

Who do you make things for?

Everyone and anyone I can! I think sewing gifts is so much more thoughtful and personal than simply buying something. I always have a huge list of gifts to sew at Christmas time, and usually cut the timing quite fine! This Christmas I made rather a lot, including embroidered slippers for my Dad, a dress for my Mum, a bag for my Mother-in-Law and a vintage dolly family for my baby daughter, amongst other things.

What made you decide to start to blog about your crafting?

I started blogging to keep a track on what i've made and what i've been up to. It's really easy to forget when you're busy, and it's nice sometimes to take a step back and look at what you have acheived.

Do you have a favourite snack when crafting?

I can't really snack while I sew as I'll end up with sticky fingerprints on things! But my husband likes to bring me cups of tea which keep me going.

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

seam ripper, good quality scissors and an overlocker!

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

I absolutley love to sew with Scuba Fabric! If you haven't come across it before, it's like the fabric that scuba suits are made from, hence the name. It's thick, very stretchy and very versitile. It comes in the most vibrant prints too, which I love!

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

I love the pink houndstooth printed scuba fabric. I would make a lovely swimsuit or bikini for the summer from it.

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

Too many! My mind never switches off! I often have orders for lingerie, a project for myself, and also a couple for the children, as well as working on new designs for Lucky Sew and Sew. I have a sewing journal where I try and keep note of my projects so that I don't have too many all at once and can keep track.

Whats your favourite thing you have ever made?

I recently purchased the Roberts Collection pattern from Marilla Walker and made myself some dungarees. I LOVE this pattern, it's so straight forward and quick to sew, so rewarding too. I haven't stopped wearing my dungarees since they were completed!

What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)?

Another pair of dungarees, from the same pattern actually! My first pair were a deep denim, which I added pockets to. This pair is made from a floral stretch cotton twill.

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

I can't watch the TV, I find it too distracting! I sometimes listen to an audiobook, but usually I listen to music, I find it really motivating.

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

I find inspiration in a lot of places. Museums, vintage shops, magazines. If I'm trying to think of a new design for Lucky Sew and Sew, I usually sit with my sketch book and make a few rough ideas. I then fine tune them and talk them over with my Mum before starting a sample. I find Pinterest can be great for inspiration, but when i'm feeling a bit lost or have a creative mind-block, I like to go for a walk and get some fresh air to clear my mind. I think having too many ideas can cloud your creativity, so it's good to connect with nature, get grounded and then it's easier to focus. I live by the sea-side, and the salt-sea air really cleanses the creative mind!

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Try not to worry to much about what you think people might want to read and instead write about what you enjoy. Writing about something you have a true passion for will be far more engaging than writing about something which you think you should be writting about.

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

Needle and Thread - my two favourite things!

Thank you so much for that Carly! Please take the time to check out Carly's blog for more!

Bye for now,

Vicki

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Q&A with Abigail from Freckled Fashionista

Hi there crafters!

I have another Q&A for you to read here on the blog today from a very special lady! Meet Abigail, a 12 (yes 12!) year old sewist - that's definitely a record breaker for our youngest ever featured sewer here on the blog!

So without further ado, please meet Abigail...

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

Hi, I'm Abigail! I'm a 12 year old sewer, and my blog, the freckledfashionista, is about my adventures in sewing and crafting, as well as life in general.

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

I started crafting when I was nine years old. I was interested in fashion at first, but it led to wanting to be able to sew. I received a sewing machine and mannequin for my birthday, and it began there.

The first thing that I made was a dress, but I made it out of less than a yard of fabric, with no idea how to sew, and somehow I sewed down the middle. The first official thing that I could wear was a white dress with purple flowers. My mother helped me sew it, and we used a pattern, so it worked a lot better.

What do you love most about crafting?

I love being able to look in my closet and think, Oh, I'd like to have another skirt or dress and then I can pick out fabric and a pattern and make something that I can wear. I can fill the gaps in my wardrobe and gain sewing experience at the same time. It's nice to be able to tell people, “I made this.” They're always so surprised. Also, it's not like you can see anything like it in the store. It's unique.

Do your friends or family craft along with you?

My mother and grandmother know how to sew, but I must admit, I do it more than them. I try to get my friends to sew, but they just aren't interested, and most don't have the time.

Who do you make things for?

Typically, myself. Or my family members, sometimes. It's just easier, because I know my size and my personal style, but I hope to make them some things! I make little gifts, though, like zippered pouches or bunting flags. I love sharing those with people.

What made you decide to start to blog about your crafting?

At first, when I started my blog two years ago, I wanted to start it for fun. Now, my blog is to share what I make with the world. I follow over 70 bloggers (I'm not kidding) and they all give me so much inspiration. I want to share that inspiration that I feel when I read their blog with the world.

Do you have a favourite snack when crafting?

I like to sew after I get schoolwork done, so normally I make a big snack plate: apples and peanut butter, cheese, crackers, grapes, the works. I try to eat it within breaks, though, so that I don't get it on the fabric!

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

My zipper foot, my iron and my seam gauge. I sew a lot of zippered pouches, so I love my zipper foot, even though it comes with every sewing machine. My iron is really useful for pressing fabric, and I think it gives things a more professional store bought look. My seam gauge is helpful for hems and such, because I am so bad at eye-balling hems.

What are your favorite fabrics to sew with any why?

I really enjoy sewing with flannel fabric. There's nothing better than comfy, soft, warm fabric. I love the cute prints that lots of flannel fabrics have.

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

I love Minerva Craft's spandex/knit fabric. I would make myself some yoga pants, or workout pants.

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

Normally only one. I try to limit myself and stick to one project until I finish it. To save fabric, when I'm making something, I buy the fabric as I need it, instead of keeping a large stash. I find that that helps me not to waste fabric.

Whats your favorite thing you have ever made?

Probably my One Hour Top. The pattern is by Fancy Tiger Crafts, and I used Art Gallery Fabric. Honestly, it's the most comfortable top I've ever made, and I wear it all the time. It was super easy to make.

What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)? Do you have a photo?

Currently, I'm working on Christmas gifts. I like to start early. I would share a picture but that would give away the surprise, as my family is probably reading this!

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

Actually, I do! I get really bored sewing without anything to listen to, so I like watching things while I sew. There's a small table in the back of our living room, and there is a fireplace, so I like watching I Love Lucy or other short shows, while I sew. It's a really enjoyable experience. I don't make it a habit, though.

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

The blogs I follow. Every morning, I check my feed and read through all of the craft blogs that I've found over the years. Each blogger has a different style of sewing, or crafting, and they share patterns, and tips, so I always get ideas. Pinterest is another good website for little sewing ideas.

Do you have a crafty tip you would like to share?

Enjoy it. Don't ever think that you have to sew to make this or that, instead think that you want to sew. It makes it more enjoyable.

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

The best way to gain popularity is to comment on other blogs. Follow as many blogs as you can (I have a list of my favorites up on my blog) and just leave a nice comment. It makes a difference. Whenever someone leaves a nice comment on my blog, I always feel very happy, and I try to follow them back. Also, never stop blogging. Always post, and someone will stumble upon it.

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

Organized, Spunky, and Creative.

Thank you!

Thanks so much for that fantastic Q&A Abigail, I've loved delving into your crafting world! I hope you enjoyed reading at home and of course don't forget to hop on over to Abigail's blog to see more!

Bye for now

Vicki x

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Q&A with Chelsea of SewDarnNeat

Hello everyone! 

We have a lovely tutorial for your today from Chelsea at SewDarnNeat. We have collaborated with Chelsea in the past on several tutorials on her blog using our products. We are really excited to welcome her to contribute to our craft tutorials here on the website very shortly, so we thought you might like to meet her by way of a Q&A here on the blog first :)

So here goes...

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

My name is Chelsea and I’m a 20-year-old Math student from Wales. My blog is Sew Darn Neat. It’s my space where I share my homemade home decor and clothes (and everything in between). I’ve been blogging for less than a year but loving every minute so far.

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

As a child I was always crafty, I loved saving up bits of rubbish and turning them into my treasures. I’d save up toilet roll inners, egg cartons and sweet wrappers and make all sorts of creations with them. Every once in a while I would pick up knitting needles with the ambition to make a scarf. I religiously got bored with it after a short time and only ever made a bookmark!

When I was around 10 years old I asked Father Christmas for a sewing machine which I fortunately received. I was so excited! We opened the box and couldn’t find a manual. Back then YouTube wasn’t really a thing so it wasn’t easy to find instructions online. The sewing machine stayed in the box for a while and eventually made its way back to the shop for a refund.

Around September 2014 I was going into my second year at University, I decided I wanted my Uni room to look nice and cosy so decided to make bunting. I guess this was my first sewing project, I bought a fat quarter bundle, white ribbon and white lace trim and hand sewed it all together. The bunting has followed me into my third year at uni.

The feeling of self-satisfaction after making the bunting was great and so I wanted to sew some more. A crafty friend asked me if I had ever watched the Great British Sewing Bee, which I had not. I found the episodes for series 1 and 2 and watched all of them in two days! Christmas 2014 came along and I received my current machine (Ditsy) and my sewing journey began…

What is your favourite craft?

My favourite craft has got to be sewing but crochet must be a close second. I’ve been sewing almost a year now and love that it is an endless learning journey and that I will only get better with time and practice, in fact I have seen some improvement already!

Within the last month or so I’ve had a stab at embroidery (quite literally), which I’m quite enjoying.

What do you love most about crafting?

Doing my degree can be very stressful at times, the work is difficult and there is a huge workload. Crafting definitely helps to relieve that stress, I find it very therapeutic. However, my favourite thing about crafting has got to be when someone complements me on what I’m wearing and asks where I got it. Nothing beats that feeling of pride!

Do your friends or family craft along with you?

My sister has adopted my Nana’s old machine and will sew with me when I’m home from uni. This past summer we spent a day sewing lined tote bags together (tutorial) which was so much fun. Also, I made bunting with two of my friends in the summer. They seemed to really enjoy it and being able to watch someone else enjoying your hobby is a wonderful feeling. Being able to share the experience with others is great.

Who do you make things for?

I have to confess… I’m a selfish sewer. I love making clothes for myself. Does that make me a bad person? I am also a self-confessed fabric addict. I feel attached to all of my fabric and hate to be parted from it, which is probably the main reason I sew for myself. When I’m not sewing for myself I love to sew for my niece and nephew (1 and 3). I made my nephew some pyjamas for his third birthday and he LOVES them, he still wears them even though they have become too short for him. Every time I go to visit and he is wearing his pyjamas he gets excited telling me that his 'Aunty Che Che' made them for him.

What made you decide to start to blog about your crafting?

I got my sewing machine December 2014 and started blogging within a month. I wanted a way to document every item that I created which blogging allowed me to do. I also wanted to engage with the online sewing community, they are such a friendly bunch of people.

Do you have a favourite snack when crafting?

Snacking and sewing aren’t two things that happen simultaneously for me. In fact, I usually completely forget to eat! Many a time I have started sewing before breakfast and stopped around teatime having completely skipped lunch. Oops!

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

My sewing machine (duh!), pins (to lessen the amount of mistakes I make) and seam ripper (to fix the mistakes that are inevitable).

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

I haven’t ventured out too much yet. 99% of the time I sew with Cotton/Polycotton. It is a great fabric to begin learning to sew with! However I think I need to start challenging myself a bit more fabric wise.

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

So many to choose from! I recently made a nurse costume with supplies from Minerva Craft. I made a nurse hat out of felt, there is such a great selection of beautiful looking felt fabric on the website. Keep your eyes peeled for a new felt creation from me coming your way!

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

Usually just one. I like to finish a project before starting another. Sometimes if I lose my mojo with a project I will make something fun and simple to get my mojo back.

What’s your favourite thing you have ever made?

My proudest make is probably my gingham dress. It was the first time I had *successfully* made anything to fit the top half of my body and love the outcome!

What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)? Do you have a photo?

Another set of pyjamas like this pair for the “Wrap Pyjama Fairies” charity I co-run. We make wrap style pyjamas and gowns for children undergoing heart operations. Feel free to join in on Facebook.

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

I generally listen to music when I sew and love singing my heart out. But when I’m feeling a bit tamer, I love watching films snuggled in a blanket while I crochet.

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

Cliché answer but Pinterest is my go to place for inspiration, every time!

Do you have a crafty tip you would like to share?

When I’ve finished sewing a buttonhole on my machine I pop a pin at both ends of my buttonhole, perpendicular to the buttonhole (covering my bar tack stitches). Then I put my seam ripper in the centre and work my way outwards. The pins stop you from cutting too far and cutting through the end stitches.

Do you follow other blogs? If so which blogs?

I love The Pineneedle Collective, Danamadeit and Tilly and the Buttons!

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Short and sweet: Do what you enjoy and don’t be afraid to experiment!

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

Dedicated, Determined and Addicted.

Thanks so much for that Chelsea! It was lovely to get to know you a little better! As mentioned above Chelsea will soon be creating a sewing tutorial for us here at Minerva which we are very excited about so be sure to pop back to see that! And to find out more about Chelsea's creations and other sewing projects be sure to pop over to Chelsea's blog to see more.

Until next time,

Vicki x

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Q&A with Victoria of Very Blissful

Hello Crafters!
We've got someone pretty special to introduce today. Victoria from Very Blissful is soon to be one of the gang over at the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network! So before we see her fist make, let's learn a little bit about her...
Can you tell us a little bit about you and your blog?
My name is Victoria and I’m a 20-something gal from Pennsylvania where I live with my husband, Josh and our dog, Brinkley. I blog over at Very Blissful. It’s my place where I share my handmade makes, from sewing to papercrafts to home DIYs (and everything in between). I’ve been blogging for as long as I can remember, but this is the first blog that I’ve consistently kept up with.
When did you start crafting and what inspired you to start? What was your first project?
I can’t even remember when I started crafting it’s been so long! If I really think about it, I was probably in high school when I first started scrapbooking with my mom. She’s the one who got me into everything I love. She taught me how to sew, knit and be creative--she’s definitely a huge inspiration in my life!
What is your favourite craft?
That is such a hard question because I have a LOT of crafts I love, but I would have to say it’s a tie between sewing and cardmaking. I love sewing my own clothes because it allows me to be creative and still stay on trend (and on budget). Card making gives me the ability to make other people smile. I love to make cards for coworkers, family and friends, and I’m always find new ideas to create something that stands out.
What do you love most about crafting?
You can do anything with crafting, and you can do it yourself. I often times find myself in a department store thinking “why spend $$$ on this cardigan/card/scarf when I can make it?” That kind of thinking opens up a world of possibilities for me!
Do your friends or family craft along with you?
Yes! My mom and I love to spend time creating cards when we are together. We also both love to knit/crochet, and if we are sitting with our family watching a movie we usually have a project in hand, too.
Who do you make things for?
Selfishly I sew a lot for myself, but I’ve made it my goal to start making things (other than cards) for other people. I have a couple projects and ideas to create something for my husband in the next few months.
What made you decide to start to blog about your crafting?
I stumbled upon the sewing blogosphere randomly one day back in 2012, and I’ve really never looked back. After reading a lot of what other sewists were sharing about the craft I decided that I wanted an outlet to do the same, too. My ultimate motivation is just to inspire others to know that they can create anything they want. Anyone can be a crafter!
Do you have a favourite snack when crafting?
I don’t really snack while I’m sewing or crafting, but I always have water or tea on hand.
What 3 sewing or craft items/tools could you not live without?
My Gingher shears for cutting fabric, my iron and my iPad. I sew a lot of PDF patterns, and I keep all of the instructions on Google Drive and read them from my tablet.
What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?
Knits are my ultimate favorite! I didn’t start out sewing with them though--there used to be such a stigma about sewing with knits. But they are so quick, so forgiving and I just can’t stop!
How many projects do you have on the go at one time?
I try to sew one thing at a time. I do have about 4-5 unfinished projects that just need finishings that I sometimes leave for later if I want to get on to something else. As far as cards go, I make anywhere from one to 10+ at a time. Additionally, I have a lot of knit and crochet projects going on at once.
Whats your favourite thing you have ever made?
This is a hard one, but I’d have to say my first Out and About Dress by Sew Caroline. It was the project that made me fall in love with sewing knits, and I still wear it over two years later!
What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)? Do you have a photo?
I’m working on some awesome projects for my Minerva posts...I don’t want to spoil the surprise!
Do you watch TV or listen to music while you craft?
Yes. I usually put Netflix on, but the shows/movies vary. Usually I’ll watch Home/DIY shows or an old classic movie while I sew. Nothing too serious that I have to pay attention to!
What/who do you go to for inspiration before you start crafting?
I’m always on my Bloglovin feed and Pinterest for inspiration prior to crafting. I love seeing what other people create and then taking that to create something made by me.
Do you have a crafty tip you would like to share?
Make a mess and clean it up whenever it starts to bother you! How can you create without chaos?
Do you follow other blogs? If so which blogs?
I follow a lot of other blogs. You can click here to check out my Bloglovin profile with the blogs I follow!
Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
Don’t worry about how much you post. Quality vs. quantity is always better in my mind!
Could you sum yourself up as a crafter in 3 words?
Nonstop, Innovative, Passionate
 
 
Thanks Victoria for sharing your story. Her first post goes live Tuesday 20th October so be sure to check her out! If you can't wait that long, you can get your fill over at Very Blissful. I've already been over, a perfect read! Also, my heart is pining for Brinkley!
Speak soon gang
Katie B x
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Q&A with Hannah of Crafternoon Cabaret Club Craft Blog

Hi everyone,

Today I would love you to meet Hannah. Hannah writes a fun and gorgeous blog called Crafternoon Cabaret Club and runs an even of the same name too. I asked Hannah if she would be willing to do a Q&A guest post here on the blog...she said yes and so here we go!...

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

Hello! My name is Hannah and I blog at www.CrafternoonCabaretClub.com: a craft and creativity blog, and the online home of my Craft and Cabaret mash-up event of the same name. I’ve always loved DIY, performance and people so it was only a matter of time before I found a way to bring my passions together!

Crafternoon Cabaret Club is a regular afternoon event where you can craft to your heart’s content whilst watching live performances from a top-notch cabaret line-up. 

 I started the blog a few months before launching the event as a way to document and share my making, new crafts I was tackling and creative inspirations, and because I was really keen to link into the amazing online crafting community. I’m a complete craft magpie and I’m always chasing the next new skill to learn so my blog includes papercrafts, knitting, jewellery making, sewing projects and upcycling... and I’m sure I’ll keep adding as I learn new skills.

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

I’ve always loved making things from a young age – my mum used to make clothes and I loved watching her work. I did lots of arts and crafts at school and even when I moved into theatre instead, I still loved playing around making costumes or fancy dress. Back in 2013 I felt like I’d stopped lots of my creative interests and I wanted to get inspired to start making again so I started knitting. My first attempts were really not great! (I’m not the most patient learner) so I gathered some friends and a few bottles of wine so we could learn together. I loved the atmosphere of working that way and it’s very much part of what inspired Crafternoon Cabaret Club.

My first project from that time was a bobble hat, and then I quickly moved onto making pretty embellished felt collars.

What is your favourite craft?

I’d find it very hard to choose because I love flitting between crafts depending on my mood, what I’ve seen recently or what I’m interested in. Sewing is my original love, but I’ve got really into jewellery making in the last year and I’m absolutely loving papercut at the moment. Ask me again in a month and I’m sure I’ll be giving you a completely different answer!

What do you love most about crafting?

I love the creativity that comes from playing with different materials to create different effects: I find colours, textures and patterns really inspiring. I love working with my hands and I love seeing a project come together. I find craft relaxing and exhilarating all at once.

Do your friends or family craft along with you?

I’ve got a few crafting buddies and I love a natter with my mum about making (she’s a big scrapbooker). Recently I got married which gave me the perfect excuse to get my bridesmaids making decorations with me! One of the highlights for me about running Crafternoon Cabaret Club is that every month I get to meet an amazing new group of people interested in craft: they might be practiced pro’s or absolute beginners but it’s so lovely to be able to spend two hours chatting craft and design choices.

What made you decide to start to blog about your crafting?

I started my blog to help encourage myself out of a creative rut. I figured that if I committed to blogging about what I was making publicly then I would have to make things! I always work better with a deadline. Since then I’ve really developed a love of blogging and I blog a whole mixture of content from DIYs, to inspirations, to interviewing other creatives, or writing about cultural events I’ve been to. My blog has really evolved from what really started as a creative diary, and I love how you can create so many connections with other creatives and crafters through the blogging world.

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

My sewing machine – I love it so so much! It makes everything easier – I’ve also covered it with beautiful sparkly rhinestones so every time I look at it it makes me smile.

My pretty stork scissors – useful and beautiful to look at. The ideal balance.

My huge stash of fabrics and embroidery threads (can I count that as one item?) – Yes I’m a big craft hoarder but I love delving in, discovering a fabric I’d forgotten I had and finding new inspiration for projects!

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

The honest answer is too many, although I’m trying to stop that habit. At least one long term unfinished project just sitting there waiting for me to go back to it and then a few half done... but I like mixing these up with smaller quick projects that I could work on in one evening.

What’s your favourite thing you have ever made?

Indecisive as always: I love love love my French knitted necklace, I’m really proud of my upcycled washing machine drum lamp and I’ve got a real soft spot for my mini bunting wine charms.

What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)?

I’ve just started learning to cable knit and I’m working on a beautiful yellow scarf!

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

I love listening to music while I craft – my current favourite album is by Caro Emerald but I love listening to lots of old motown too.

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

I love reading craft blogs, going to exhibitions, reading craft magazines, spotting street art, and looking at fashion and home design. I think it’s good to keep your inspiration varied and eclectic – you’ll end up with fresher ideas and it removes the risk of just trying to make your own version of someone else’s work.

Some of my favourite craft blogs are;

A Beautiful Mess

Studio DIY

The House that Lars Built

Sugar and Cloth

Crafting Fingers

Fall for DIY

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Just throw yourself in, be true to writing about what you’re interested in: don’t try and be someone you’re not, and be sociable – the best thing that can come from your craft blog is being part of the amazingly friendly and generous crafting community so make the most of it! Also don’t overload yourself – you don’t want to burn out and lose your love for the very thing you’re blogging about.

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

Colourful, Silly, Bold

Well thanks so much for that Hannah - it was lovely to learn a little more about your, your blog and the wonderful Crafternoon Cabaret Club events. What can I say readers except be sure to pop over to the blog or better still hop along to one of the workshops :)

Bye for now,

Vicki

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Q&A with Nicky from SewandSnip Sewing Blog

Hi everyone,

We have a lovely Q&A feature for you here on the blog today. Please meet Nicky...

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

Hi my name is Nicky and I write a blog called Sewandsnip; sew from my favourite craft & snip from my day job, a hairdresser. My blog is mainly a sewing diary, helping me to remember what I found worked & what didn't, but I do tend to add snippets of other bits too!

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

I've always been creative (drawing, painting, making) and remember stating to sew in my teens. Then as I had a family this hobby grew as I made my girls dresses as well as things for myself & our home. Once my children grew up the sewing did slow down for a while but it was kick-started again when the 1st series of The Sewing Bee reminded me what I was missing.

What was your first project? What is your favourite craft?

Sewing has to be my favourite craft & the first thing I remember making was an awful A-line cotton nightie that we had to make at school! I remember thinking I could make something better so bought some fabric & a blouse pattern, which I still have, & taught myself.

What do you love most about crafting?

The thing I love most about crating it having the opportunity to express yourself and produce something unique.

Do your friends or family craft along with you?

No I tend to craft on my own unless someone asks me to help the make something. I find sewing is a great way of relaxing & I enjoy the solitude of my sewing room especially when I've been at work chatting to clients all day. If I want to be social & craft then that's when the knitting comes out.

Who do you make things for?

I mainly make for myself but do the occasional piece for my grandchildren & have just made my husband a tunic style shirt copying one of his old favourites (pictured below). There will be some sewing for my daughter’s wedding next year but that's still in the secret planning stage!

What made you decide to start to blog about your crafting?

I decide to blog because I thought it was a great way of recording what I had done; the great makes, the not so great, the mistakes & the ideas. I also thought it would be a way to encourage myself to make sure I made time for sewing & to make different things so I would have something new to write about. I was lucky that I saw the Simplicity's Bloggers Challenge not long after I had set it up so this inspired me to try and figure out what I was doing. It was very satisfying to work out how set up the page, add links & pics but it's still on the basic side so hopefully I'll improve at it. I'm not sure I ever thought anyone else would read it but so chuffed that they do. I hope it will encourage anyone to try something new.

Do you have a favourite snack when crafting?

My favourite snack would have to be a big slice of cake & a cup of tea.

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

Sharp scissors, loop turner & notepad (I'm always making notes when I have ideas so I don't forget)

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

I don't really have a favourite fabric but I like something that has a bit of weight, I find soft floaty fabrics a challenge but am determined to keep practicing with them. I’m currently looking at some stretch cotton sateen to add to my fabric pile.

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

I always have a pile of things to sew but I don't allow myself to cut the next thing out until I've finished my WIP because I know in my eagerness to do the new make I'll push the other to one side & forget about it. Knitting is another matter & a while back I found a half finished jumper that was for my son. It looks like for about a three year old...he's now 23!

Whats your favourite thing you have ever made?

My favourite has to be a boned Victorian style corset. I love the structure of it with its steel boning, coutil cloth & back lacing. It gives such a lovely hourglass shape.

What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)? Do you have a photo?

The next fabric on my table is a lovely bold floral fabric. I'm trying to add colour to my wardrobe this year & loved this as soon as I saw it. Unfortunately I delayed buying it a little too long & there wasn't much left when I went to get it but it's just enough for a skirt so I plan to make it in time for the Simplicity Bloggers Meet-up.

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

I do put TV on while I sew if there is something I want to see but usually find that I get engrossed in what I'm doing & don't actually know what happened.

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

I find inspiration everywhere. It can be something I've seen, read, or a conversation I've had. I've usually got so many ideas jotted down that I don't actually go looking for inspiration but if I need an outfit & don't know what to make I usually look at fabrics first then go through my pile of patterns.

Do you have a crafty tip you would like to share?

My tip would be to take your time. I was terrible at rushing things because I wanted to wear the finished result but I'm making myself slow down as rushing causes mistakes & I hate having to unpick things & redo.

Do you follow other blogs? If so which blogs?

I dip into different blogs when links pop up on Twitter rather than follow lots, but I do follow scruffydadgertime.co.uk, dfabricate.blogspot.com & kestrelmakes.com

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Just be yourself, write about what you enjoy so it doesn't become a task & give it a go, if I can do it anyone can!

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

Enthusiastic, experimental, determined.

Back to me! Wow that corset was impressive wasn't it! Thanks very much for that Nicky. Be sure to pop on over to her blog to see more!

Bye for now,

Vicki

 

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