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Q&A with Emma of Crafty Clyde Sewing Blog

Hi Guys,

Another Q&A for you today! I recently came across this wonderful sewing blog Crafty Clyde and thought it would be fun to do a Q&A here on the blog with Emma the writer so we can all find out a bit more about her!

So here goes...

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

My name is Emma and I write a little blog called Crafty Clyde. Clyde is the name of my tortoise who regularly features in pictures as he just loves to get involved! I blog about sewing projects, pattern reviews and great fabrics. There are a few tutorials on there and I have also blogged about general arts and crafts – anything creative!

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

I have been into crafts for most of my life, as a kid I was always making something! I once tried to make a time machine from cardboard and egg boxes. Sewing however was a more recent event – I taught myself how to sew about 5 or 6 years ago. I saw a designer tee dress and thought ‘I’m going to have a go at that!’

What is your favourite craft?

I’m going to have to say sewing clothing at the moment as you get something lovely and useful as the end result, but I’ll have a go at most things like these spray painted plant pots!

What do you love most about crafting?

Crafting is a great creative outlet, especially if your day job doesn’t let you go too wild with colours and imagination! It’s almost a form of meditation as time just slips away when you’re concentrating. I think I love feeling useful the most – it’s nice to have a skill.

Do your friends or family craft along with you?

My sister has been known to come round and do some decoupage! And she lives about 200 miles away so it’s quite an event!

Who do you make things for?

I used to make to sell, but no more! It’s far less stressful to be a selfish sewer! I do enjoy making things for my sister and gifts for friends. I’m currently working on a child’s dress for a friend’s daughter.

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

It was a way of forcing myself to sew more, improve and get better. If it’s out there for people to see, it gets you learning and making! I also liked seeing how it was possible to interact with other bloggers and share opinions and ideas on patterns. I learnt from people’s blogs and tutorials so if someone can learn from mine that’s lovely.

Do you have a favourite snack when crafting?

I tend to get a bit involved and forget to eat – however a G&T or a cold white wine always goes down well!

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

Seam ripper, seam ripper, seam ripper.

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

I recently, and goodness knows why only recently, I discovered that viscose prints are great! Lovely soft and drapey. I do love a bit of ponte de roma though, that’s my favourite, very forgiving!

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

I have tried to be a reformed character and try and keep to one at a time these days. That’s not to say I haven’t got a draw of unfinished bits and pieces from before this new rule! I also have an ever changing list of things I want to make next.

What’s your favourite thing you have ever made?

A pair of floral trousers made of stretch cotton fabric – getting the pattern right for those was a labour of love. My By Hand London Anna dress was also great because I loved the fabric. Still not worn it out yet though.

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

My WIP at the moment is my first proper man’s shirt! It’s a test version in some great Alexander Henry fabric that’s got naked tattooed ladies on it.

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

I watch all kinds of rubbish on my ipad! All the tv player apps.

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

If I have a pattern in mind I have a browse on pinterest and instagram to see what versions people have made – it’s great to have inspiration like that out there.

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

Bias bind your armholes!

Do you follow other blogs? If so which blogs?

I follow loads of them – some of my favourites are The Enantiomer Project, House of Pinhiero and Erica B’s DIY Style.

Do you have any advice for new bloggers?

Just have a go – why not! It’s good to see people wearing their own creations as you can see how a pattern works in real life, that’s useful to other sewers.

Thanks so much Emma for that great Q&A. To find our more and watch future projects evolve be sure to hop on over to her blog.

Bye for now,

Vicki x

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