Today I want to introduce you to pilli pilli 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss July: www.abitofpillipilli.blogspot.com
I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:
1. What were your early craft influences/experiences?
Growing up with a grandmother who makes Belgian lace and has hand-embroidered virtually every towel in our house, and a mother who would knit me little vests overnight (to complete the outfit I wanted to wear the next day), making things has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. My very first encounter with a sewing machine occurred when I was about thirteen years old. It was the holidays and after watching an episode of “Little house on the Prairie” I decided I most desperately needed a pinafore dress. With children’s fashion being quite far removed from what was ‘en vogue’ in the 1870’s, the only solution was to make one myself. Of course I didn’t know anything about pattern-making back then, but I kept adjusting and tweaking the dress until it fitted, and basically that is still pretty much how I work today…
2. When did you start getting serious about making stuff – what was the ‘light bulb’ moment for you?
For as long as I remember, I was always caught up in some kind of crafty project, but everything changed in the fall of 2008 when I decided to started working part-time so I could give a long distance relationship that had been going on for a couple of years a real chance … In that period I started to make my first softies out of recycled wool sweaters… just to keep busy in between my travels up and down the European continent to meet my boyfriend. One year later I made the big leap and moved to Italy, where I found a nice part-time job in a local museum. With no more travelling to do, my part-time working scheme left my lots and lots of time to craft away, and by then I had really caught the Bug!
4. What is your favourite material/product to work with? And what three things could you not do without in your craft room?
I have a thing for linen. I love its simple, natural feel, and the often perfectly imperfect charm of this marvellous material… And the three things I couldn’t do without would be… well, my sewing machine, of course, (which is a really basic Necchi, who knows no special tricks, does no special effects, and has no digital functions, but has never let me down…) a pair of really sharp embroidery scissors (that allow me to trim loose ends really close to the fabric) and a set of wooden clothes pegs (to hold the fabric in place for a while after I’ve applied the glue on the back of my fabric hoops…)
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