Sewing favourite- Lizzy Curtis answers our questions in today's blog!
Describe yourself in 4 words:
Passionate . Happy. Determined. Undeterred
How did you get into craft?
Crafting for me started so very young, and like so many people I was taught to sew knit and crochet by my Mum and Auntie. Papercrafting for me started only very recently, about 10 years ago when I discovered digital crafting, and it really got my imagination fired up because I realised very quickly that I could print onto fabric, and from there went onto free motion machine embroidery.
What is a typical day like for you?
My typical day starts at about 9:30... I'm a very slow starter to the day, but I could work till midnight if I have a project to complete, whether it's for work or a personal idea I might be working on.
What are your favourite medium(s) and why?
I love working with fabric, always have, and I tried over the years to always find time for a fabric project of some sort on the go, usually, a quilt to give away or a piece of clothing... it doesn't really matter, as long as I create something.
Tell us about your favourite creation
There have been so many favourite pieces I have made over the years, some are a distant memory but one piece sticks in my mind, a goldwork picture I started when I was 17 and studying for my A level Art... I have no idea why, I can't think where it fitted in, but I went to a beautiful old house in Cambridge and sat and stitched with older ladies... that piece of work remains unfinished, the picture now very faded and the designs of stitches so complicated I doubt I will ever finish it now. It was a piece of work I was going to give my Mum and Dad for their 25th Wedding Anniversary, they have just celebrated 65 years! whoops.
Where do you do most of your work?
I usually spend most of my time in my beautiful craft room, its a purpose built extension to the house... I am so lucky to have such a great space, it was designed by John, my partner, my only stipulation was I needed lots of light, consequently, it could be mistaken for a runway now!
What has been your favourite new product or discovery over the last year?
I discovered the most wonderful craft using my Embellisher. It's an electronic machine, looks like a sewing machine but has 12 barbed needles...no thread required. I've had a smaller machine for years, but this is my new baby, you can "felt" pieces of fabric together, making your own wonderful designs, it needs time to practice, but so far I have been delighted with the results and can't wait to try out more ideas.
Where do you get the inspiration for all your amazing projects?
I find inspiration everywhere I look, truly all around me is the next idea or design. I am a book fiend and read them cover to cover, it might be a book about dressmaking, or embroidery or simple Japanese ideas, but from there I think how I can interpret them, and how easy would it be for other people to make them too. I am so keen to get those nearly sewers to confident stitchers and giving people the right design might just be the catalyst.
What are your top tips for anyone looking to get started in crafting?
For anyone who says " I wish I could" just try, it might all go wrong at the beginning, we all make mistakes, but keep at it, and have another go... what is there to lose, just get yourself another piece of fabric or 6.