Today I want to introduce you to Tif Fussel – 2011 Whipup Calendar’s Miss March: www.dottieangel.blogspot.com
I asked all the calendar girls a few questions:
1. What were your early craft influences/experiences?
I was born into a crafty, artistic family, however the defining ‘crafty’ moment for me came at 17. I needed to go back to school to retake Maths as it was not my forte. To fill in the school week I took a few extra classes, one of which was hand embroidery. The very first day I walked into the classroom I knew I had found my thing. Even today, many moons on, I can remember how giddy I felt upon discovery of embroidery floss, fabrics and a wonderful teacher who wished to impart her knowledge of embroidery to me :)
2. When did you start getting serious about making stuff – what was the ‘light bulb’ moment for you?
I have always dabbled in making things, or painting our nest, however the moment I got serious came around the same time my youngest child started full time school. Having been a stay at home mum for many years of four children, I knew it was time to think about what I wanted to do. Soon after picking up my knitting needles again, I discovered an ad in the back of CRAFT magazine for ETSY. Just one look at the page and I knew I wished to open an Etsy store and fill it with handcrafted goodness.
3. Name three of your favorite artist/maker/designers who have influenced your artistic direction or your craft practice?
There are three crafters/artists whom I admire greatly, each of them are amazing and inspirational in their own rights. Over the years I have built up a long distance friendship with each of them and it is that friendship and mutual admiration that has given me the confidence to continue down the crafting path I have taken. I know without the kindness of them and others, such as my dearest readers, I would not be doing what I am doing now.
Jane from ATLITW :: Ingrid from Wood & Wool Stool :: Stine from Lutterlagkage
4. What is your favorite material/product to work with? And what three things could you not do without in your craft room?
My favorite material to work with is vintage linens and doilies, does not matter what they are, a piece of white work, retro and vintage flowers in slightly ugly colors or just good old vintage doilies, I love them all. The three things i would be lost without, in my craft room are:
1. Miss Ethel, my trusty sewing machine. she is a sturdy little workhorse with no bells or whistles but she does everything I ask of her and never complains. Although occasionally she does develop a cough so on those days, she rests.
2. Carlos, my trusty camera. Sometimes he is temperamental and does not wish to focus on the job in hand, but most days he tries his best and that is all one can ask of a little camera with a big heart.
3. Little olive and Used Dog, my dogs. They are my company during the day when my clan are out and about… I can tell them my troubles, my crafting epiphanies and unlike my clan, they never talk back. they are indeed perfectly perfect in everyway :)
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