I've just started a line of NWT Bible covers which are custom made with hand embroidery and these have been so much fun to create. Because this is a bit different to the cross stitch which I really built my shop around lately I've been coming up with different embroidery designs as well as doing a lot more sewing which has been really great to get back into.
Why be an artist?
I think sometimes this world we live in can really trap us to the point where rather than enjoy all the beautiful nature we're surrounded with we can turn against nature, getting annoyed when a bird chirps louder than our TV for example. So I feel that when you are thinking about art more it just makes this world a much more beautiful and enjoyable place to live in since you tend to look out for beauty others may take for granted.
Do you work alone?
I do work alone but, in saying that, I have a couple of close friends that help inspire me with their ideas and I really would be lost without their input. I really want to keep up to date with what's popular and what people are interested in so being able to talk to friends who are interested in cross stitch is important to me since we can bounce ideas off each other to mix things up and continually keep my work enjoyable, not only for myself but for others too.
Do you have long-term professional goals?
What got you interested in art?
I've been interested in art for a long time which I can credit my Mum for, she's always been very creative and growing up around someone like this would be impossible to not have it rub off to some extent. When I was younger my parents allowed me to use my room as a bit of a canvas so I could decorate it however I liked and I think this initially sparked my interest in art.
What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials?
Something that's probably not much of a typical craft room essential that i can't live without is my
Was your business planned, or did it naturally evolve?
It wasn't planned at all, it was a very happy and mismatched mistake. I'm part of a monthly book club where each member gets a chance to host. One of the members challenged us to do something creative during their month and then share it when we all met together at the end of the month. at first I wasn't sure what I was going to do and then decided to go on Etsy and have a look for a cross stitch pattern to make up. I finished this piece off and wanted to do some more so went back and bought a couple more patterns and then started looking for other patterns to do but couldn't find anything I specifically wanted, so I started designing my own. I then started listing them online which seemed to be a success and this has led to me offering other products.
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