What's the name of your handmade business and how did you come up with the name? I run T for Tutu; I am a big fan of puns!
How did you get into crafting and how long have you been crafting? I've always made things, either for myself or for my kids, but about 3 years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer which totally changed my priorities (completely fine now thank the NHS!). I was a primary teacher, which I loved but it was very stressful, so I decided to start my own business and put my crafty skills to work!
What kinds of things do you like to make? I love making anything and everything. Anytime I look at something new I think ooh I want to give that a go. That's how I fell into tutus. I made a few for a festival that we've been to a few times and I thought, well, why not?
What kinds of materials do you use? Tulle, tulle and more tulle! It is basically floating around every nook and cranny of my craft room!
What new crafts do you want to try? I am trying to learn how to crochet, but I am always on the lookout for a new craft to try.
What is your favourite craft tool? At the moment it is my pom pom makers as they come in very handy indeed!
What’s one of your favourite things you’ve made? I really loved the baby blankets I made for my children, they are very special to me (even though they are a bit wonky!). From my business, I think it has to be my ballerina mobile.
What are some of your favorite things to do in your spare time? Read, read and read again!
What advice would you give to people just starting out crafting? Don't give up, once you find the craft that is right for you, you will be addicted!
What's the hardest thing about running a handmade business? At the moment it is trying to get my head around accounts and tax returns as I've never had to do one by myself before now.
Share a success story with us.. It may seem very small but I was booked in to do a craft fair and I needed some way of displaying my mobiles, so I popped down to the local DIY store and managed to build my own structure out of plumbing supplies!
What inspires your designs? I mostly think of what I would have sold my three brothers for when I was little - anything floaty and pretty. Also I love to dance so that's sort of where the tutus came in.
Can you tell us about your design process? I usually start with a colour palette and then explore different combinations from there. When I make a tutu to order I start with the customer's ideas for colours.
What's ahead in 2019? I am actually starting another business running a pre-school story based activity group, as well as trying to do a few more craft fairs. So I guess I'll be pretty busy this year!
Where can we find out more? (Website link, social media links) You can find me on Facebook at T for Tutu. I'm hoping to get a website sorted eventually!