What am I working on?
I have been trying to really hone my dressmaking skills this year so I have churned out quite a few clothes for all of the family just lately. I have really got to grips with vintage patterns and quite a few key techniques. Collars, zips, facings, plackets and generally doing things properly because I am a bit of a bodger!
I always have a knit and crochet project on the go so my needles and hook are never empty - if they were I would do a WOW blog post about it because it would be very unusual. Currently I have an Elise Shawl and summer throw over top for crochet and the Miette cardigan for knitting but that is hibernating at the moment.
How does my work differ from others in this genre?
My work differs in that it is always a complete surprise what I make, sometimes even to myself. So when you come here, you have no idea what you might see. I don't have a style or colour range - I simply love to make things. A large strand of what I do that I think is different to many other bloggers is that I tend to make things out of given, donated, thrifted, deconstructed materials. I rarely buy or choose materials, which is why I don't have a style. I don't like to lead a consumer lifestyle so I really enjoy making things we need from things others don't.
Why do I create what I do?
If we need something, I ask myself Can I make it? and What materials have I already got? If I can't then we have to succumb to buying things but sometimes that means buying the materials to still make it. I was so excited to be asked to blog for Minerva because it channels a whole new side of my crafting when I can choose new materials.
How does my creating process work?
I used to think everyone had a pile of old wool under the sofa and fabric in a drawer under the bed, then I realised that only some people do and that is when I started blogging so that I could get ideas from like minded people and share mine with others. I really do just love to make something, it makes me feel alive. It also satisfies my craving for learning something new, I love learning new things. (That's teachers for you!)
So there we are I really do make something everyday - it might be three rows of knitting, a granny square towards a blanket, jam, an elasticated skirt for my girls, a cake, a birthday card, scrapbook page, veg gardening work but it is a wasted day for me when I can't point to what I have made!
Why not Blog Hop now?
Please pop over to the southern Hemisphere to see one of my favourite blogs Handmade by Carolyn from Perth Australia. She has been the inspiration to my increased interest in making my own clothes. Such wisdom and style. A real 'maker' using bought, thrifted and sometimes hand printed fabric.
Now back across the other side of the world to the US for my favourite blog read - Cozy Things I enjoy every word of Kristen's blog, laughing at the stories, the writing style, the thrifted makes, the failures and the triumphs in her crafting. I love it.
Back to the UK now, do stop by at Lazy Daisy Jones I like this blog because a bit like mine, I never know what is going to be posted so it always feels like a surprise - could be recycling, sewing, crochet or collectable finds.
Bon Voyage. Jo xxxxxx