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Interview with Jess from Gracious Threads

I have so many aims with One Thimble and one of the biggest has got to be including people from all over the world.  I love meeting and learning from people from other nations and since sewing is a hobby/skill that transcends boundaries it makes sense to include people from everywhere.  I also think its pretty cool that even though we live 12,221km’s apart, Jess and I both have Edmonton in our address!

Picture Gracious Threads began as a place for
Jess to share all the sewing she did for
her friends and family.
It soon grew, as other sewists shared her love for simple, practical clothing for kids. Jess lives with her husband and 3 children on their Canadian dairy farm.
Jess contributed the
Traveller Tee to issue 4.

What, where or who inspires you? 
I am inspired by my mom. I am the oldest of eight children, and she sewed nearly all our clothes, for each one of us. Her clothing was always practical, but she tried hard to implements favourite colours, designs and trends. She passed away when I was a teen, but I know she would be thrilled that I’ve taken up sewing as well!

What is your favourite haby item? 
Definitely my rotary cutters and two giant mats. I use my small 18mm cutter to cut out patterns, and use my larger version to cut out the fabric. They have sped up my sewing time so much!

Do you have any tips for balancing family life and kids with business? 
I do my best to stay organized. I’m hopeless with digital calendars, so I splurge on pretty stationary. Every event and deadline gets recorded, and I often number them in order of priority. I work on my business between 7 and 9 pm and during nap times and try to focus on my kids during the day.

What is your favourite pattern you’ve made and why? 
My favourite pattern is my Lazy Days Lounge Pants. They were a pattern I drafted out of necessity for my girls, who wanted something comfortable yet still nice enough for school. It doesn’t hurt that they’ve become my best selling pattern!

Do you do other crafts? If not what would you like to have a go at? 
While it isn’t exactly a craft, I’ve recently spend quite a bit of time improving my photography. Not only does it help my business, it allows me to record those precious moments of my children’s lives! If I had more time, I’d love to learn how to work with leather and dream about making custom shoes for myself and my kids.

Picture You can purchase Jess’s pattern for the Traveller Tee as a single pattern HERE 
or visit Jess’s website to find out more about her other patterns HERE
or Purchase Issue 4 which contains this pattern

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Interview with Kylie from Little Moo Designs

One of my dreams with One Thimble is for it to become a place to showcase and mentor new designers.  I’ve been so excited to watch Kylie’s pattern brand grown over the past few months!

Picture Kylie’s love of sewing began when she was
young. Her Nan and Mum are both amazing
dressmakers. Little Moo Designs was
started in 2010 when she wanted to design
a unique hobby horse for her daughter. She
now designs and sews many designs with
a focus on high quality children’s fashion,
accessories and her beloved hobby horses.
Kylie has contributed the Busy Block pattern
to Issue 4.

What, where or who inspires you?
I am so lucky to live on a beautiful little farm in South East Queensland. I love the Aussie rural life, this for me is where a significant part of my inspiration comes from. I am inspired by country landscape, the beautiful small community we live in and my amazing family and friends.

What is your favourite haby item?

Clover button hole cutter – the best invention ever! Makes cutting button holes neat and easy. Do you have any tips for balancing family life and kids with business? I do use a Schedule, life here is hectic running a farm with my husband, working part time and running Little Moo Designs on top of being a wife and mum. I schedule work time and try and leave plenty of time to spend with my family also. Sometimes the two cross over but that is how it works when you work from home.

What is your favourite pattern you’ve made and why? 
My favourite pattern would be my childrens messenger bag as this is the first pattern I released and continues to be my top seller. I love that it comes with 4 applique designs and there are loads of way this little bag can be customised. They make the perfect gift and are such a quick sewing project.

Do you do other crafts? If not what would you like to have a go at?
I am undertaking “Project Life” this year….I am running a few months behind but am finding it a great quick and easy way to keep track of the year. My kids love looking through the album and its a perfect way to capture the small details each week that are so easy to forget.

Picture You can purchase Kylie’s pattern for the Busy Block as a single pattern HERE
or visit Kylie’s website to find out more about her other patterns HERE
or Purchase Issue 4 which contains this pattern
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Seeking Contributors for Issue 5 & 6

Are you a sewing enthusiast with a desire to share your knowledge and passion with the world?

Are you a sewing or handmade business blogger who’d like to connect with new readers?

Are you a pattern designer with an established business looking for new marketing opportunities?

Are you a new pattern designer looking to introduce your work to the pattern loving public?

Would you like to see your work in One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine?

If this is you then I’d love to have you be part of One Thimble!

I’m currently seeking pattern contributors for Issue 5 & 6 and article & tutorial contributors for Issue 5.

One Thimble aims to inspire enthusiastic home sewists whether they’re sewing purely for pleasure or to make money.  One Thimble aspires to be the “go to” resource for todays sewing enthusiast, a resource that will help them discover new and new to them pattern designers, bloggers, teachers and business owners.

I’d love to see One Thimble become an avenue whereby people starting out can have their businesses &/or work “discovered” and those already established can be inspired to try something different to reach new audiences.

If you’ve got a pattern, tutorial, article or idea you’d like to see included in One Thimble or you’d like to see the mood board for Issue 5 & 6 and hear more about what I’m looking for for these issues please get in touch

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