So, what is it that gets you, the designing side of things or the actual sewing? Maybe it's a bit of both?
I personally find designing so exciting, right from an early age, and adore this aspect with Button Fayre. It really gets me going, gives me that buzz, and makes me want to work. There's no feeling quite like spending hours, days or even weeks and months sometimes, on a design and then sewing it up and seeing the finished creation and usually it's even better than you'd imagined too which is even more wonderful.
When I was little, and I mean little and from around the age of 4, I used to spend hours in my bedroom designing house layouts. My parents thought I was going to be an architect and along with art and design at school I did also study graphic design and had a passion for sitting at a drawing board. For some reason my brain never got around one point perspective, I knew how to do it but something would go wrong every single time and it wouldn't turn out right, like following a recipe for a cake a million times and each time it comes out of the oven flat!
Then when I studied my NNEB at Cambridge I grew a passion for the lessons involving activities for children, sewing etc and went on to study a BTEC in interior design when I was 21 years old. Interior design is actually really something quite different to what you see nowaday's on these fancy TV programmes. It's, in reality, more about designing a room or building, right down to knowing where to put the electrics, yes, you have to think about EVERYTHING in interior design and not just a colour scheme. It was fun learning how to do colour boards and I loved studying and writing lengthy 3,000 word essays on the art movements, it really is all so interesting and gave me more knowledge and wisdom as to where my own artistic mind was heading.
I've always done painting too, mainly in acrylic, and have been known to sit 12 hours solid on an A4 sized canvas. I have one of those brains that doesn't like to stop because once I get into the flow of something it can so easily be broken ( I was the same studying at Cambridge and would spend an entire week-end, day and night, on a 3 month project which would earn me a distinction...just because I'd not stopped and really got into the flow of the here and now.
Then comes the sewing....yes, I have a passion for this too but I think it's the challenge involved ( especially with my under a year old rather temperamental Janome machine ) and the fact that I'm working towards the end design that gives me this passion. Some people are happy to sit and sew but I'm not happy unless I've decided my own pattern and design in order to sit with it for so long.
This week I had to sew the edges around a 4 metre by 1 and a half metre piece of plain white fabric and it was the most boring thing to do and made me realise just how much I enjoy actually creating pieces of art work on fabric.
I have two more orders for my ' Cat and Mouse ' Scatty scatter cushion design and have been busy sewing one of them up this week. The first ever design for this took me 18 hours but now I have the design it's gone down to 12 hours which is good. I love sewing with lots of different coloured cottons and really bringing my design to life, there really is nothing quite like it.
Enjoy your week-end!