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Anna Interview

In the Hot Seat – Nancy Watt

Jo Austin

Q1. Have you always been creative?

Yes I believe I have. I was always drawing and painting as a child and I come from a family that are, and were, amazing knitters, dressmakers and of course bakers. I like to think I take after my Grandmothers, Mum and Aunties - thank you so much ladies.

Q2. What is the first thing you can recall making as a child and who was it for?

I had some squeezy figures from Camberwick Green. I remember turning a big cardboard box into a house for them. I spent hours turning cereal boxes and loo rollers into chairs, beds, wardrobes and I even made a sideboard. Myself and the eldest of my two brothers had a lovely time playing with it until it disintegrated. Happy days.

Q3. What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’?

I Lots of different answers here. I seem to remember that I wanted to be a competitive swimmer, (I was told that it wasn’t a job so had to think again), join the Royal Navy, but the one that I really wanted to be as a got a little older was to make a living from Art. Once I hit 20, I never thought I would be able to. It was in my late thirties that my life changed!


Q4. Why/when did you decide you could make a living out of crafting?

It was about 20 plus years ago, when I started making Christmas decorations and, as they say, the rest is history.

Q5. Do you have any other hobbies?

I love to sketch, also silk painting. I really enjoy glass painting and have also worked with glass and would love to go back to that at some time. I would love to do all those again if I had some time!

Q6. What craft item can you not live without?

Paper, Pencil and pens (and a die cutting machine and a whole load of Tattered Lace dies!)

Q7. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take 5 items, what would they be – and why?

  • OK, I am going to pretend that on this Desert Island I can have my Ipod and listen to music and it will always be charged!
  • Sketching pads
  • Kindle (the same as the Ipod)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Die cutting machine and Tattered Lace dies (a lot)

Q8. What’s your biggest ambition in life?

That’s an answer that changes the older we get. This sounds a bit trite, but honestly I want to live long enough (and be in good health as well!) to dance at the wedding(s) of any and all my grand-children. This is something that my Dad wanted to do, unfortunately he didn’t make it, so fingers crossed

Q9. What’s been the highlight of your crafting life so far?

When I saw the Tattered Lace Magazine for sale in the Easons store, in County Mayo, Ireland. Myself and my brothers were visiting my Mum and we popped into Easons, it was fabulous!

Q10. Any advice for beginners?

Lots of crafters start a little business selling their makes, I did just that. However, I learnt that lots of people at craft fairs etc, were always really interested in something that they could use themselves to make their own cards. Why not try pretty toppers that you have made, perhaps die cuts that you have coloured and matted and layered up, put the foam pads on the back and place two or three in a bag. Take it further and add in some backing paper, or even a blank card and an envelope. You are still being very crafty and you pass it on to someone else.