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Question and Answer with Louise of Sew Sensational

Meet Louise from Sew Sensational...

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

I've been crafting since before I learnt to speak! My Christmas lists as a child always consisted of various craft kits out the Argos catalogue and I've collected ribbons, buttons and embellishments for as long as I can remember. Having been crafty from such a young age, my inspirations were most definitely Art Attack and Smart!

What is your favourite craft?

I dabble in everything and I love to learn new things - sewing, knitting, card making, needlefelting, cross stitch, bead work - I've tried them all, though my favourite crafts are definitely sewing (both dressmaking and homewares) and card making.

What was your first sewing project?

Gosh that's a difficult one! I think the first project I ever made for my blog was a cushion cover from the Cath Kidston Sew book.

What do you love most about sewing?

The escapism and the satisfaction of creating something incredible from just a few materials.

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

It was the summer of 2010, I'd just graduated from uni, I was living at home and I was working full-time at HMV whilst I tried to find a more permanent job role. These uninspiring conditions made me want to do something more fun with my time - I love writing and I love crafting, so the blog was founded!

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

It's great! Choosing a project for each month is so much fun and I love hearing people's reactions when they see what I've made. Hopefully I've inspired at least one person to pick up a sewing needle and give it a go - I started at the very beginning with dressmaking so if I can make things, so can you!

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

My sewing machine (obviously), my thread tin and my never-ending supply of buttons!

What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?

I like to give anything a try but you can't go wrong with a lovely cotton lawn - it's so soft and easy to sew with. I also love the look of chambray though it does crease very easily!

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

I've only recently delved into the world of knitting so I love a good chunky yarn that knits up quickly and is nice and cosy. Crochet is a craft I'd love to get into but daren't start because I don't have room in my house for any more hobbies!

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

I check in to Bloglovin every single day to read everyone's sewing blogs - there are so many out there (all are brilliant) and they're a great source of inspiration.

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

Yes - all of them! I've recently discovered knitting and I also love making birthday cards, cutting and sticking things and almost anything that lets me make something new.

Are there any other crafts you would love to learn?

Crochet! I'm just afraid that once I start I won't be able to stop and it'll be yet another craft that takes over the house...

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?

Ahh how flattering, thank you! To beginner bloggers my advice is to write about what you want - don't worry about what everyone else is doing or you'll spend week after week comparing yourself to them and wishing your blog was as good as theirs - when it already is! My advice to beginner sewers/crafters is to be determined and not give up if things go wrong - trial and error is a fantastic way to learn and I stand by that.

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

A determined, versatile homemaker!

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

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