Every Monday, crafters all over the world write a post about themselves and why they do what they do. It's a great way to find other people who may interested in the same stuff as you are.
So this week, I'm writing my Creative Blog Hop Post. Traditionally, I am supposed to introduce you to three more talented crafters, and will do so, but in a different way to what is supposed to happen as only one of them has a blog.
Who Am I?
I am Lucy. I am 33 and live in England. I am a Haberdashery Specialist at a local department store and this is where a large chunk of my wages go. I am interested in cross stitching, small sewing projects, card making, jam making and recycling/re-purposing items destined for the bin.
I am lucky to have my own craft room, which is always in a mess, but I think that is the point of having such room.
I am part of an online community called WOYWW (What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday). It is full of crafters from many different countries who upload a picture of their workdesk every Wednesday. It's great to see how their projects develop every week.
Part of participating in the Creative Blog Hop is to answer fur questions:
1. What Am I Working On Now?
I am currently cross stitching these Christmas messages on plastic canvas from a pattern in one of my books. There are five messages in total and I hope to finish them all, back them and hang it before this Christmas.
2. How Does My Work Differ From Others In My Genre:
The work I am currently involved in isn't my usual type of cross stitching. I normally prefer making my own charts or using a website called My Photo Stitch, which is great for pictures that don't need wording. I like to work on geeky/niche projects. Here are some examples:
Logo of my friend Joe's heavy metal band, Talanas
In recent times, alternative cross stitch design books have been published so I know there are people out there doing the same as me, just none of my local group of crafting friends.
3. Why Do I Create What I Do?
I cross stitch because I like to see a picture forming as I'm completing a project. I do it because it's theraputic for me to lose a whole day on a tiny piece of work. I love the excitement of the initial idea, seeing whether it's possible to do or not. Because no one I know is doing the same.
4. How Does My Creative Process Work?
I find a picture I like and upload it to My Photo Stitch. I will spend a good deal of time getting it how I like before I download the image onto my computer. If it needs font, I will plot it out on graph paper using a book of cross stitch alphabets I own. My Photo Stitch gives a list of DMC threads needed for the task and I will pool the colours I already have together and/or buy what I don't already have.
I prefer to stitch my pieces on my days off from work, when I am able to start early in the day. I rarely bother in the evenings after work anymore as I'm too tired and there isn't enough time to get stuck in.
I will love the project from the outset right up until I've completed a third of the picture. The second third is filled with doubt - have I counted one too many stitches? Is this part going to meet up with that part or am I going to have to unpick it all? It is about this time that I will have seen my next project. The last third is filled with utter hatred for the piece. This is because I wish to start the next project that I will have already stupidly plotted out with great precision. So I try to go as fast as I can, which leads to mistakes, more unpicking and cursing and then when it is done, I don't want to look at it. It's torturous at the end.
Christmas candy cane
As I mentioned earlier, my three nominations for this challenge don't write blogs. So instead of them posting an entry next Monday, I thought I would post a link for you to look at their lovely stuff. (Matthew came up trumps!)
Matthew Sergison-Main - Illustrator
Matthew is an artist, illustrator and designer living in Hampshire, England. He works in traditional media predominately, using some digital as needed, to produce a highly detailed style of artwork. In 2012 he won a national art competition winning a solo exhibition at the esteemed Pallant House gallery in 2014. He worked on the acclaimed indie computer game 'Amnesia: A machine for pigs', and has produced artwork and illustration for musicians, magazines and festivals
Kimvi Nguyen - Artist
Zoe Davies - Keepsake Maker
Thank you for staying to the end. I hope you will take the time to check out my friends pages. Have a great week! x