I’m Molly and have a passion for creating with a sewing needle. I live with my husband and daughter on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds. I was lucky enough to be able to work from home while our daughter was young and I have even more time for creating now she’s at work. I really enjoy family time, whether it’s dinner cooked by my Cheffie husband or simply watching a good film or of course there Strictly which always comes with a big debate about who’s best. There’s a Pension in the not so distant future but while I can still thread a needle, I’ll keep on sewing.
Have you always been creative or did your talent evolve over time?
As a youngster I remember my mum teaching me to sew, knit and crochet. I would make clothes for my dolls. I also loved the paper dolls which had tabs on the clothing to fasten them on. I would spend hours designing and colouring. As I got older I made clothes for myself and the family, some of my husbands stage clothes for his rock band days were pretty lurid ! Being tall it was the easiest way to get things to fit.
While working in retail I damaged my back and in the end realised I would not be able to return to that sort of work. I took a course in dress making, learning to draft a pattern from measurements and my own design ideas. I also took an online City & Guilds course in creative embroidery. This should have been a 3 year course but I paused in the middle to have my daughter and move house twice, so it ended up taking 6 years. This course however was the turning point where I realised that dressmaking was not the direction I wanted to go in. Although I loved making clothes for my daughter.
What is it that you enjoy most about your work?
I love the creativity of my work. From choosing a bead, a colour of soutache braid and sometimes just seeing where the design takes me. I am happy to work from a brief but will also enjoy starting to sew without even having an idea of what the finished piece will be. Just watching the shapes form and seeing how colours look together is inspiring and means ideas develop as I work.
Have you achieved anything in your crafting life that you are particularly proud of?
To be asked to make a unique piece for someone, to be given that trust, especially when it’s for an occasion such as a wedding, is something that makes me very proud. To be a small part of their important day is very special.
I was also very proud to be an SBS winner, chosen by Theo Paphitis in his twitter competition and since then have won the ‘QueenOf’ award as well.
Other than crafting what else do you like to do?
When not sewing I love to be in my garden. I can relax and lose hours out there, not that the abundance of weeds would make you believe that! I enjoy seeing the wildlife and last year even tempted the resident robin to feed from my hand, now that was very special. I enjoy music, blues, rock, in fact some of most sorts and like nothing better than listening to my husband play guitar.
If you had to choose your favourite from your creations, which would it be?
It’s very hard to choose one favourite from my pieces but the necklace I made as a commission last year in fuchsia was an absolute joy to make. I loved the colour the customer chose, such a statement piece.
What advice would you offer to someone new starting out in the craft world?
For someone starting out in the craft world I would say ’believe’. You must have faith in yourself to be strong in the down moments. Make sure you enjoy the good times too. It can be a real struggle sometimes but just remind yourself why you started in the first place. If you can find someone to help, even if it’s just with encouraging words it can make a difference. I was lucky enough to come across Md running Hike Those Likes Market Place on Facebook. This is a page full of newbies and experienced online crafters all ready to help and share ideas. It was a great starting point where I learnt so much.
If you could change one thing about what you do, what would it be?
If I could change something about what I do it would be to reduce the time spent on necessary evils like hours spent on photography, editing, advertising etc…..oh and tax returns.
What do you think has helped your business the most?
Although I still have lots to learn about Social Media, developing an understanding of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram has been very useful. There’s a world of people out there just waiting to see your pictures.
Has any person helped or supported you more than any other?
My husband has been my rock throughout my crafting career. Not minding (too much) when the mountains of net fabric took over the kitchen table for days at a time when I was making costumes for a local theatre that required Can-Can skirts. Trips to bead shows (he’d sit outside!). Paying for supplies when they were needed (no interest charged 😉 ) and so it goes on. I would not have been able to do this without him.
Tell us a random fact about yourself.
Random fact. I once (during a brief stint as a model) spent 2 hours laying on a studio floor while my waist length hair was spread out in to swirls. The photographer was on a ladder above me and the chosen picture was used as the design on the back of a well known typewriter carbon paper !
How would our readers find you?
This is where you can find me
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