Monday, 23 September 2013

Anthea - September Member of the Month

1. Tell us three things about yourself that we might not know.

I am an opera singer by training. I grew up in South Africa. I first moved to the UK when I was 21.

2. Who taught you your first craft?

My gran taught me to sew Barbie clothes even though I didn't have a Barbie (I didn't like them). My mum taught me to knit around the same time when I was 6.

3. What finish are you most proud of?

It's a tie between the aran crochet blanket and the crocodile crochet stitch bag that I did for Carina.

4. What is your biggest crafting disaster?

A dress I made as a teenager. I got the darts all wrong and so it was lopsided. I still wore it with pride.

5. What other crafts do you do?

cardmaking, scrapbooking, sewing, knitting, crochet, paint, draw and cross stitch.

6. List of favourites.

Favourite yarn - stylecraft
Favourite designs - aran crochet. I like the cabling.
Favourite colours - purples
Favourite online store - deramores
Favourite craft book - crochet masterclass

7. What would you like to achieve in the future?

Make a free form crochet garment. A dress. I don't know where to start though.

8. What do you like to listen to or watch while crafting?

It varies. I have eclectic taste. I usually have spotify on and it can have anything from classical to more modern.

9. What words of wisdom would you pass on to a beginner?

YouTube is your friend.

10. What craft would you like to learn in the future?

I would like to learn some of the old crochet techniques that aren't used now. I would also like to learn weaving.

11. What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on a shawl. I got the pattern from ravelry and the yarn at a craft fair. I struggled to pick which colours to go for. The yarn is called Moonlight by James C. Brett.

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