What am I working on right now?
At the moment I am inspired by vintage linens. I just love them and the fact that someone spent hours embroidering and crocheting them. I feel sad when I find them because the original owners or crafters are now separated from their work and no one in their family cares to carry them over. I like to give them a new life and either use them as they are, for their intended purpose or upcycle them into more useful items. The long sandwich tray cloths I have been reworking into beautiful sewing caddies. Some of these doilies have been stitched onto a cord to be used as bunting. I do find it hard to cut up some of the doilies. The easy ones are those which are damaged and I turn them into another object and make them live again.
How long does it take to create a project?
I like to finish a project in one day. Or several projects on one day. The little sewing caddies only take an hour or two. The most time is spent in choosing a suitable fabric and vintage laces for the backing and little pockets. I always find it hard to choose buttons from my pearl button collection. They are absolute treasures to me and I selfishly want to keep them all.
Microwave oven mitts and a matching tea towel.
|Embroidered and patchworked Sewing Compendium|
How does my creative process work?
I guess I am inspired by beautiful fabrics that catch my eye. My main supply shop is Spotlight and sometimes when I go in nothing inspires me and I tell myself to go home and use up some of my own stash. But other times I see fabrics that sets my mind racing as to what I can make with it. I also frequent every patchwork shop I find as we are travelling around. I find I work best with fat quarters as if I buy a metre or so of fabric I'm reluctant to cut into it in case I find something else I would like to use it for later on. Sometimes I have to stop myself, as I'm cutting out a project, from looking at all the scrappy bits and thinking about what I am doing to do with those!! I like to make useful everyday items so that you will have a smile as you use the.
How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
Pinterest is a great inspiration. I can trawl through Pinterest for hours. I rarely buy patterns. I like to see something and then make a pattern myself or just make up what it has inspired in me. And encouragement from others also fuels me to continue on with my creativity.
What is my signature style?
I don't know how to describe my 'style'. I sell my wares under the title of Simply Elegant, so I guess that's how I started. But I seem to have evolved into pretty retro at the moment. I have to create on a regular basis and I sell my wares at an annual Craft Sale and Garden Party in our back garden. Everyone loves the setting, being waited on by my 4 beautiful daughters and enjoying the company of their friends for a couple of hours.