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Star Interview: Jennie Rayment

Q1. How long have you been crafting for?

I started sewing seriously in late 1989 and made my first piece of patchwork in late September ’89, having not really sewn for most of my life – only odd bits of mending such as replacing buttons, etc. I had spent most of my working life in hotels and catering.

Q2. What was the first thing you ever made?

A felt pig when I was seven years old. I overstuffed it so it wouldn't stand up due to the weight of the body on its undersized legs! After that, I stuck to simple household jobs such as the occasional curtain, etc.

Q3. How did your crafting become your career?

Through desperation – I needed a job and someone in the local area was looking for someone to help her with the classes she taught. She needed the lunch cooking, etc. and I could do that. I watched with interest what she did and that was it… I was hooked!

Q4. What did you do before this?

I ran hotels, pubs, and even a village shop! I also worked for an airline (TWA) as a ground hostess in the good old days before TWA went bust!

Q5. Interesting fact about yourself or your crafts?

1. I have a penchant for thigh length kinky boots that I wear when doing my lectures, plus a few tassels in certain places. My lectures always involve a bit of ‘Strip, Show and Tell’! Plus, I have served a cup of tea to the Queen.

2. What has always fascinated me… no matter where you go and teach in the world, crafters are the same sort of people. They have the same sense of humour, the same enthusiasm, and the same kindness. All-in-all, a great bunch of people. The only real differences in any one part of the world are the language and the price of a glass of wine at the bar!

Q6. Tips to make crafting projects shine?

Remember add buttons and beads for best results. They not only enhance and embellish, but cover a multitude of mistakes.