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Q&A with T for Tutu

    • 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!
T for Tutu
    • 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!