What was it that got you started crafting and/or making jewellery?
I have always been creative for as long as I can remember.
I think the first thing I remember was getting a play baking set for my fourth birthday. It had a working mixer with bowl and a small wooden spoon which I still had and used until a few years ago when it finally gave up the ghost. I was inspired by this to go on baking as I was growing up and even trained as a chef. I also had a small wool loom and a Dolly Bobbin (French/spool Knitter) I was also given a knitting set as a child as well. I absolutely loved this as it had a wool holder shaped like a clowns head, you took his hat off, popped your ball of wool inside, then the end came out a hole in the top of his hat so your ball of wool didn’t roll away or get tangled up.
I loved them all and would make all sorts of things with them. Though I never did get the hang of knitting.
I started in amateur dramatics when I reached secondary school went on to study this in college, with dreams of becoming a great actress, before deciding to concentrate on cooking and training as a chef. Unfortunately I had to give that up due to my growing family and ill health.
While the children were still quite small my husband and I decided as we both enjoyed history we would join a local living history society. We would spend weekends traveling up and down the UK putting on events teaching the public about Viking and Saxon life. I would make all our costumes and my OH made our shoes and tools and other such things. This was an amazing time, I learnt all sorts of new crafts. Knall binding, Lucetting, and Kumihimo.
As the children got older and preferred to do their own things we gave this up.
So I looked for other things I could do, I started cross stitching then card making, I taught myself to crochet and one day while watching ‘Create and Craft’ channel they introduced an new craft. Jewellery making. I was hooked.
I started with just a few faux and glass beads and cheap findings from a local hobby store. Making for myself, family and friends. Then I found the ‘Jewellery Making’ channel. OMW fabulous genuine gemstones at amazing prices. Guest designers who demonstrated an amazing range of techniques. Well now the thrill I get when I look at a finished piece and think ‘I made that’ is just too hard to explain. It is my sanctuary in a mad world. I have gradually gone from my kitchen table to taking over a spare bedroom now all the children have grown and left home.
Long may it continue.