I started designing as a child by making clothes for my dolls and later grew into customising my own clothes and making jewellery to sell to friends, family and neighbours. My mother is my main inspiration and she always encouraged me to learn new crafts and techniques. She was also very supportive of my educational choices and enjoyed the creative process of learning something new with me.
I come from a long line of craft orientated people; my grandmother (who learnt from her mother) is a master knitter, clothes maker and needleworker, as are my aunt and my mother (who learnt from my grandmother). So I guess it's not surprising that I've always been passionate about arts and crafts, or that I ended up in this profession!
There were many craft kits in my Christmas stockings over the years, from french knitters, to soft toys. My mother also made my first sewing kit, complete with needles threads, spare fabric for making dolls clothes and even a hand-held sewing machine! I think I have it packed away somewhere, but can't lay my hands on it now to take a picture... (a shame). It was a tear drop shaped wicker box, which mum lined in green cotton, with a cream floral ditsy print. It lasted me a good few years, but unfortunately I have way outgrown it... I now have a floor to ceiling cupboard instead! And that's filled to bursting point too!
Since moving away from home it's rare that I get time to sit down with my mother to create, we opt for craft markets and fairs these days instead... cooing over other people's work and talking about our latest projects. I'm hoping this will change over the next few years... would be nice to have the space for my own studio and also to have my mother over to spend time creating together... we shall see!
Here is a picture of one of my mother's cross stitch works... unfortunately it was unfinished for years, as my mother is not able to work on such a finely detailed project anymore. I've always loved it, so I added a framework of vintage crochet that I found in a market and embellished it with beads.
This article will be part of the DaWanda Shop Directory: March Blog Carnival - Vintage Crafts