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Q&A with Lucie of Love Lucie

Meet Lucie from Love Lucie...

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

I have stitched and embroidered from an early age. It was quite normal to have various crafts going on. My mum was big into macrame, knitting, tapestry and flower arranging. She would make many of her evening gowns for diner parties and fancy dress outfits for other more weirdly themed parties during the 80's when I was growing up. Tarts and Vicars, Black and White, Andy Cap (a comic strip apparently!) were just some of the highlights I remember. We also sewed at primary school with additional after school sewing clubs as well! Through my twenties and thirties I mainly stuck to making curtains and cushion covers on an old machine my mother gave me. I must have saved a fortune over the years. But it is since I turned 40, a couple of years ago that I've really seriously caught the crafting bug. I had knitted some cushion covers and then made some applique owl cushions, copying what I had seen in the shops. Now I'm completely addicted. 

What is your favourite craft?

I couldn't choose! I love crochet and knitting, anything that I can do while seated in front of the TV in the evening with the family. But I also love my sewing machine. I enjoy sewing for the home but I'm slowly building up my dressmaking skills. I'm so pleased with my recent garments.

What was your first sewing project?

That would have been a felt rabbit we hand stitched at school, followed by a hexagon paper piecing cushion and a cross stitch pencil case.

What do you love most about sewing?

An easy question, this one. It allows me to escape away from the day job which is civil engineering. I wouldn't change my job but sewing allows the crafty, creative side of me to come out.

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

Initially I wanted to write about my first disastrous year at craft fairs. It was meant as a diary to record my progress. I had dreams of becoming the next Cath Kidston! Well the craft fairs continued to be a disaster. I make now purely for myself, my home and any friends and family who are appreciative of a handmade gift. I've made so many blog friends along the way, from all over the world. I wouldn't dream of not blogging now.

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

The thing I love the most is that we get to play with an enormous stash of fabric, yarn and haberdashery. I love choosing my next project and the fabrics and other bits and pieces I need. This and the Minerva Bloggers Day last year where I became quite humbled; meeting all these bloggers I'd followed over the past year.

I love catching up with the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network page. Seeing what others are using certain fabrics for really inspires me to push myself more. This time last year I wouldn't have known what poplin was, let alone jacquard.

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

My new dressmaking mannequin comes at the top of my list. Her name is Lola and we get on famously. Lola, my Prym rotary cutter and my huge cutting mat all help to make my sewing a lot more accurate. 

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

 I'm yet to really move out of the stable cottons however I've just ventured into stretch cotton which is giving me the ability to make a fabulous fit but still be able to move.

What are your favourite yarns to knit and crochet with any why?

Anything! I'm governed by the colour, fit for purpose and whether it will be itchy on my skin. However for my crochet amigurumi I always return to DMC crochet cotton. 

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

Pinterest. I'm addicted. I always have a quick 10 minutes before lights out. Much to my husband's displeasure! I also relish my monthly Love Sewing magazine. It is really refreshing to have something that is not aimed at the pure beginner. There is the right amount of challenge about many of the projects featured. 

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

Baking. I love anything wrapped in pastry both savoury and sweet.

Are there any other crafts you would love to learn?

I'd like to become good at felting. I've tried but I'm not pleased with the 3D animals I've made so far! They have not even made it onto my blog. I have high expectations of myself.

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

Have a go and don't expect to be amazing at it first time around. You learn from every project however badly you think it might have gone. You, at least, are doing something that most other are not, you are having a go.

Then watch your skills develop and flourish.

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

Nit-picky, ambitious, but impatient.

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

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