What's the name of your handmade business and how did you come up with the name?
Madebylucy - because I’m Lucy and it’s made by me! 😆
How did you get into crafting and how long have you been crafting?
I’ve been crafting since I was little and my mum was a hobby seamstress, I grew up with people clothes hung all over the house waiting for alterations and I always remember a big box of fur in the garage that mum used to make sausage dog draught excluders with!
What kinds of things do you like to make?
I mainly live to sew and make creative items that I can fancy up with trimmings, buttons and glitter (of course!) but I’m also partial to decopauge and up-cycling. I love putting my hand to DIY
What kinds of materials do you use?
What new crafts do you want to try?
Mosaics and stone painting
What is your favourite craft tool?
What’s one of your favourite things you’ve made?
For myself has to be my thread catcher, it helps keep me tidy when I’m sewing and it’s so practical. For my business my Unicorn 🦄 cushions, my best sellers by far and I’m super proud of them.
What are some of your favourite things to do in your spare time?
Walking, listening to audio books as I can’t sit still
Long enough to read a book!
And gardening, I love plants and flowers the colours and all the nature you can attract.
What advice would you give to people just starting out crafting?
Don’t judge yourself on how well or not you do, enjoy the process as well as the end result. Keep a space to store your craft items where you can easily get them out and enjoy whenever you have a spare minute.
What's the hardest thing about running a handmade business?
For me staying focused and not getting distracted on new creations. And looking after the business side, I try to always use pretty stationary and notebooks to help me deal with the boring stuff!
Share a success story with us..
My online sewing community is my biggest success to date... I am passionate about helping people learn to sew and pride myself on my motivational and positive nature, the community is a relaxed and supportive hive of wannabe sewers that I get to grow and nurture. I just love it!
What inspires your designs?
My family I have a young daughter and son and always try and make things they would love, they also both have unusual names so love to personalise my sewing so that Amy child can enjoy a fun make of Their very own.
Can you tell us about your design process?
It all starts with a sudden hit of inspiration in my head, that can happen anywhere, we may be out and something inspires me or just in my sewing studio, this then gets sketched down and then quite often amended a few times before I have a go at a prototype that normally ends up in one of my children’s rooms.
The choosing fabrics and ribbons take just as long as the design process and I can get completely consumed by picking out the best colours and fabrics.
What's ahead in your future?
I have launched my first online interactive course starting in September. So fingers crossed if this goes well move online courses to share my skills and teach others the pleasure of sewing.
Where can we find out more?
On my website ribbonandthread.co.uk