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Charlotte Newland

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    Charlotte Newland

    I like to sew clothes from quirky fabrics and in bright colours.

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

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I have been sewing since I was a tiny girl – I don’t actually remember a time when I didn’t make things. I had some Ladybird books when I was tiny that had really great projects in them (a dog made from a felt-covered toilet roll tube comes to mind), but I was taught in a more formal way at primary school. I first learned dressmaking at age nine, using an ancient hand-cranked Singer sewing machine.

Crafting Q&A:

  1. What made you want to start crafting?

    I have been sewing since I was a tiny girl – I don’t actually remember a time when I didn’t make things.

  2. How did you learn?

    I had some Ladybird books when I was tiny that had really great projects in them (a dog made from a felt-covered toilet roll tube comes to mind), but I was taught in a more formal way at primary school. I first learned dressmaking at age nine, using an ancient hand-cranked Singer sewing machine.

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

    The best advice I can give is not to get too hung up on things being perfect. Just enjoy yourself and the skills will come in time.

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

    My sewing machine and overlocker, and also my rotary cutter.

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

    I like to sew clothes from quirky fabrics and in bright colours.

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

    I have lots of storage in my craft room, but unfortunately most of my stuff doesn’t actually make it inside! I have several teetering piles of fabric on most surfaces. Luckily I can close the door and hide everything.

  7. Where do you find your crafting inspiration?

    From instagram and blogs, mainly.

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

    Winning the Great British Sewing Bee!

Charlotte Newland

Getting to Know You:

  1. My favourite subject at school was:

    Science – I love knowing how things work

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

    Doctor.

  3. I am most proud of the moment:

    Winning the Sewing Bee (sorry to keep banging on about it!)

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

    Don’t compare your beginning to somebody else’s middle. In other words, don’t expect to be instantly good at things. Remember, everyone was a beginner once.

  5. I am at my happiest when:

    Watching TV with the whole family. It’s usually Doctor Who that brings us together.

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

    I’d pay off the mortgage and give my sisters some money so they could have a really great holiday.

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

    Toast. It is perfect for every meal!

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

    A lift engineer ;-)

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

    The 1920s. It looks like such a great time!

  10. The chore I always try to avoid is:

    Emptying the dishwasher. Luckily I’ve trained the kids to do it.

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