Please meet our member of the month, Pat. You can read a little bit about her and her crafting story here:
"Just a quickie to say that I do multi crafts to raise funds for Alzheimer's Research UK, whilst getting enjoyment and also stress relieving measures from creating these crafts. My mother died from Illnesses emanating from Alzheimer's and originally I found craft to be an immense help in calming me down to a fairly stress free level. This led to wanting to sell my craft in order to give something back to partially replace my mother's presence (whilst knowing nothing could take her place, I thought I would give the funds to help others). I did the Brighton Marathon to also raise funds but due to an ongoing injury I don't do this any more and go all out for craft.
I originally did card craft and these cards were of a vintage style but they didn't prove to be too popular with customers at fairs. I, therefore, directed my crafts towards knitting and embroidery but, as my interests were mainly surrounding card craft, I incorporated these interests into my knitting and embroidery. These had to take the form of packaging and display for the knitting and embroidery in order to continue with my primary love for card craft. However, I revel in still keeping my hand in with doing cards for relatives and friends, although I still try to find a space on my stall for cards. This has its problems due to the lack of space at indoor craft fairs but there is no problem at outdoor ones where I have my own marquee.
My crafts are mainly centered around styles within baby and young children clothes although I often do things for the home, whichever comes into my head and whichever is trendy and eye catching but also necessary for most needs. I love to make boxes (using the Boxer, easier to achieve a perfect fit for items rather than dies), gift bags and tags for these crafts, mostly all in small flowered decorative card, thereby fulfilling my needs to create."