A couple of weeks ago I did a Q&A and a giveaway to celebrate 200 followers. Well here’s the other half of that post. I’ve gone through all of the questions you guys left me but before we get to the answers lets talk about the giveaway.
I can officially announce the winner* is: Debbierose!
If you could email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or use the contact form on my blog we can have a chat about what you would like from my etsy shop.
*Randomly picked using an online randomiser
And now onto the awesome questions you asked, they were all great and I really enjoyed answering them.
I have a question regarding your cross stitch designing: do you do little sketches first, or do you dive straight into your xstitch software and play around until you find inspiration? – Claire93
Generally speaking what happens is I think of a quote I want to make into a cross stitch and design it roughly in my head. And what I mean by that is just kind of line spacing and the general idea. And then I go into word and put each word of the quote into a text box and play with fonts and positions until everything is how I want it (for the one below I also spaced out the measurements for the pitch markings too). And then I put the design into my cross stitch software and make it into a cross stitch.
My question is how long do you spend, about, on blogging each day? – Kerrycan
That depends completely on how I feel. And also what you mean by blogging, I guess? I only do a post every five days (ish) so actually writing posts I only spend a couple hours a week on. But reading blogs and commenting and such takes a lot longer. I spend at least half an hour a day (first thing when I wake up) looking through blogs I follow. And then probably another half an hour before I go to bed as well. How much more than that I’ll do, depends on how I feel and how busy I am and so on.
My question is what craft would you like to learn to do most if you had no limits physically or monetarily? – Kathyreeves
Oooh. Difficult one. Honestly for a long time my answer to this would be quilting. I’ve wanted to give it a go for as long as I can remember but just felt it was impossible. I’ve recently swallowed that bullet. This next year will be the year of quilting lol. I’m slowly collecting the supplies and my first quilt is being planned. But other than that, hmmm. So many. Wire working, fused glass, mosaics, weaving. ALL OF THEM! haha.
You seem to be developing your own style with the one-colour cross-stitch patterns. How did you get there? From the card-making … or was it something else that inspired you? – Textiledreamer
Hmm, cause or effect here. I’m not sure. Yes, some of the designs directly come from card designs (lets eat cake for example) but I’ve honestly always really loved negative space. Going back to the last question about quilting, I’ve noticed a lot of people spend most of their time on piecing the top part of the quilt and give over the actual quilting to a shop to do. But the part I’m most interested in is the quilting, how you fill the negative space. I think I design cards like that because I enjoy playing with negative space so I think that tends to be my style regardless of craft rather than because of a particular craft. Side note: My favourite parts of art were always printing (cutting out negative space) and resists (again, laying down negative space). That was a really good question. If I was in London I could show you a procession of art work down the years where you could see my obvious like for negative space but I’m not and they’re all in boxes and on computers elsewhere so here’s just a couple.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned from having a chronic illness?
I’m pretty amazing? Haha. No um, let me think. I really like the quote “comparison is the thief of joy” and I think before it was just maybe an annoying thing that people said but I’ve learnt that it really is true. And this applies to being creative too I guess. No matter what you do someone else will do it better, no matter how hard you try someone else will have it better. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be proud or happy about what you’ve done. Enjoy what you can do, don’t compare it to what you used to be able to do or what someone else is able to do.
….And if you could meet any author who would it be? – Bluchickenninja
I’m always stumped by these kind of questions and maybe that’s the social anxiety or borderline autistic part of me but I honestly have never wanted to talk to any author. I don’t want to have dinner with a bunch of famous people either. I’d rather talk to you or have dinner with a bunch of friends. Now, if I had friends who were authors then that’d be different.
What is your favourite piece you’ve made so far, and which did you enjoy making the most? – 100steps
What a question! Umm, I think maybe my blanket is the favourite thing I’ve made so far, purely because it took me the longest and I never thought I would stick with something that long. As for enjoyed the most, most things? Lol. I enjoy crafting. Maybe the Hogwarts crest that I cross stitched last year. (that’s a real answer by the way, I’m not just saying that because it was for you!)
At what age did you start crafting? – Debbierose
I don’t remember a time I wasn’t. Here, have this adorable picture of me as a kid with my brother. We’re doing one of those mould things where you carve your design and then pour the stuff over it (I think?). I was about 5 years old in this picture. And have this other one of me MUCH younger. Okay so I’m the kid in the black dress with the red bow and I’m not actually crafting in this picture but you get a feel for how surrounded by crafts I was growing up.We always used to have crafts at home. My mum was always devising crafts me and my brother could do. It’s always been a part of my life. From the time I could hold a paintbrush (if we’re being honest here I probably had paintbrushes before I knew how to hold them). When I went on holiday to France as a 7 year old the thing I wanted in the souvenir shop was a pack of oil paints.
What is your favorite thing to make? What’s your favorite handmade gift to receive? –Samantha
My favourite things to make are things that have an intended recipient. I don’t really do anything with things I make so knowing that all the work is going to someone who will appreciate it rather than just ending up in my drawer never to be seen again is good. (even if it ends up in someone else’s drawer). As for receiving, handmade cards are probably my favourite. I tend to be really picky about most things, I don’t wear jewelry, I don’t use bookmarks, I don’t wear knitted scarfs and such so although I’ll appreciate anything anyone makes me, I’d say my favourite is just getting a card someone made for me. They go up on my pin board and I get to look at them everyday.
Is crafting less exhausting for you than talking to/meeting people face2face? If so/not, why? –Caradehuevo
I guess that depends on the craft. The crafts that I do, yes, they’re definitely less exhausting than talking to someone face to face. Why is more complicated. I guess it has to do with maintaining a healthy and polite mask. I don’t have to act when I’m by myself and crafting. But when you’re talking to someone you smile and nod and act attentive. You have to try to follow what’s being said and read the other persons expressions and mood. It becomes very obvious when I’ve reached the point where I can’t pretend in a conversation anymore. I have a resting bitch face (not because I’m being rude but because I don’t have the energy to rearrange my muscles into something polite) I stop looking at people in the face, I start wincing when they speak loudly or laugh. When they leave I’m completely drained. Whereas when I’m crafting all my energy goes on making rather than pretending and I can stop whenever I need a break. I don’t have to spend ten minutes thinking of a polite way to say it.
It’s also difficult too because I want to chat to people so you end up going past where you should have stopped because you know once they leave that’s it instead of being able to pick up and put down crafts whenever your want to.
That’s all. I hope I answered all your questions fully but if there’s anything more you would like to ask feel free to leave a comment. Likewise, if my answers have spawned more questions, I’m happy to chat more below.
So, how about you guys? I definitely love to hear if you relate to any of the above or what different answers you would have given, especially if you asked a question. I mean, it’s only fair you give me your answer too, right?