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Wendy Turner-Webster

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    Wendy Turner-Webster

    I have taken inspiration from a combination of colours used on a crazily overpriced T-Shirt, to fishing a car hubcap out of the mud and turning it into a Christmas wreath!

Tell us a little bit about you and your crafting background.

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Being with my two older sisters when we were young. One of my strongest memories is of them having a mould kit which entombed dead insects in resin (The insects were already dead by the way!). I do remember finding it utterly fascinating and being quite enchanted by the result! The fact that it was something handmade and not bought was the key element which excited me the most.

Crafting Q&A:

  1. What made you want to start crafting?

    Being with my two older sisters when we were young. One of my strongest memories is of them having a mould kit which entombed dead insects in resin (The insects were already dead by the way!). I do remember finding it utterly fascinating and being quite enchanted by the result! The fact that it was something handmade and not bought was the key element which excited me the most.

  2. How did you learn?

    Due to being severely dyslexic, I struggled with traditional school academics. My school allowed me to attend catering college every Friday to complete my City and Guild in sugarcraft, but I had to promise to complete my GCSEs alongside this! I also learnt a lot being a member of the British Sugarcraft Guild.

  3. What advice would you give to those starting out in craft?

    Start with a good and simple kit so you are sure of success. Build up your confidence and you will naturally become more ambitious and have the self-assurance to experiment with different crafting mediums.

  4. What are the crafting essentials that you couldn’t bear to live without?

    Sharp scissors, a glue gun, a heat gun and a good selection of paint brushes.

  5. How would you describe your crafting styles and tastes?

    Mixed media with a strong element of upcycling/recycling. I love to make one-off pieces in whatever guise as it gives me pleasure to know there isn’t another item like it out there.

  6. What does your craft room look like? (Any tips for tidy storage?)

    My craft room is generally a tidy place as it doubles as an office – and I can’t work in a mess! Luckily there are lots of built in shelves and cupboards to both store stuff and display work. My tip for tidy storage is to make sure every box or drawer is clearly labelled, and when you have finished using something you put it back in its storage place!

  7. Where do you find your crafting inspiration?

    From the poshest of shops to the filthiest of gutters! Seriously – I have taken inspiration from a combination of colours used on a crazily overpriced T-Shirt, to fishing a car hubcap out of the mud and turning it into a Christmas wreath!

  8. If you could go to dinner with a crafter or artist, who would it be and why?

    Humphry Repton, the 18th Century Landscape Gardener and Architect. He is a descendent of mine and produced the original designs for the Brighton Pavilion. He had such grand ideas and ambitious visions that a chat to find out more would be amazing!

  9. What would you say your best craft skills are? What would you like to improve on?

    My best craft skills are ceramics and mixed media wall art. I’d like to improve on machine sewing as I haven’t sat at a sewing machine for over 25 years!

  10. What do you consider your greatest craft-related achievement?

    Getting our TV show Crafty Beggarson Discovery TLC and then Crafty Beggars In The House! on Community Channel. Countless TV show ideas are started but never see the light of day, so to have that success feels like a good achievement.

Wendy Turner-Webster

Getting to Know You:

  1. My favourite subject at school was: (subject and reason)

    Pottery – I did it at A Level and I guess I enjoyed it the most as I found it so pleasurable and easy. I come from The Potteries so the subject of ceramics surrounded me!

  2. When I was 10, I wanted to grow up to be a: (childhood dream career)

    A showjumper. I did a lot of local competitions with my pony, Fella, and was convinced I would grow up to be a female Harvey Smith!

  3. I am most proud of the moment that I:

    Gave a keynote speech at The House of Commons about domestic violence and my personal journey of survival.

  4. The best advice I’ve ever received was:

    “Take these anti-depressants – they will change your life.”

  5. I am at my happiest when:

    Rummaging in a charity shop to find my next upcycling project!

  6. If I won the lottery, the first thing I’d buy is:

    As much advertising space as I could afford so I could encourage people not to eat animals.

  7. If the Queen came for dinner, I would cook: (what meal?)

    She would get what every other visitor gets – ‘Indian nibbles’ (onion bhajis etc from the supermarket) with assorted vegan dips. Obviously the nibbles need heating up – which to me counts as ‘cooking’!

  8. If I was stuck in a lift, I’d like to be with: (any person, family, friend or celeb)

    My husband Gary due to his unfailing ability to find humour in any situation.

  9. The one food I could not live without is:

    Chip shop chips. With plenty of salt and vinegar.

  10. If I had a time machine, I’d visit: (era)

    Nowhere and no time – the thought of going back anywhere brings me out in a cold sweat.

  11. The chore I always try to avoid is:

    Taking the rubbish bins down the drive at some disgustingly early hour on a Tuesday morning.

  12. The last thing I do before bed is:

    Play Alphabetty on my phone.

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