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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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