About the author
When I was five I saw a shiny hubcap by the side of the road. I’d never seen one before and I wanted it so badly, I begged my dad to stop the car so I could get it. Needless to say, he didn’t. I’ve always had magpie tendencies, and love to hoard and collect things. At ten I had a huge jar of colourful lighters that I found on the street, and (rather embarrassingly) also had a collection of old spark plugs. I was sure they would come in useful someday. At 15 I made a curtain out of old ring-pulls from cans of coke (remember those old ring-pulls? The ones that you actually peeled off the top of the can?).
I like collecting things, especially pretty things. I also like making things, especially if I can make things out of other things. I’m always on the lookout for treasures in charity shops and skips, or other people’s discarded rubbish that I can turn into something useful or practical.
Sewing is my main passion, and I’m best at making bags, but I’ll give anything a go. I’m not a carpenter, am terrible at DIY, and rush things, so most things I do are bodge jobs rather than lovingly crafted works of art.
I am aiming to photograph and write up 111 projects in 2011, and document them here. They will probably range from very simple little bags that I can whip up with my eyes closed to more ambitious complicated projects that will inevitably involve mistakes, swearing and tears. Maybe I will inspire or amuse others, but mostly I just want to document my creations.
I am very pleased that I completed all 111 projects in 2011, learnt loads of new techniques, improved a lot at sewing and had my own stall at a craft selling my wares that went down a storm.
After a year of not really having a focus or aim for my creative endeavours, I have decided to give myself a new challenge for 2013. The challenge is to use up as many of my fabric scraps that I can, and also use my fabric stash rather than buying new fabric. I have so many bags of fabric scraps that it has become rather embarrassing. I am running out of places to hide them. I can’t be the only one with this problem, so join me as I battle my way through my hoards of scraps and see what I can make. I have visions of lots of patchwork!