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Around the World Blog Hop

Last week Debra from the label Very Debra who has a blog/website called Stitching Rules nominated me to take part in the Around the World Blog Hop.  I first met Debra a few months ago when she contributed a tutorial on lining a skirt to Issue 4 of One Thimble.  I love that through her blog she aims to help people with more advanced sewing techniques.  I’ve never taken part in a Blog Hop before so I’m excited to have a go.  I think its a great way to find out a little more about what drives people who blog.

So here’s my answers to the questions:

1. What am I working on?
I’m working on Issue 5 and Issue 6 of One Thimble and trying to get some RTW dresses together for my very neglected Ainslee Fox Handmade brand.  I love stretching myself with One Thimble and these issues are no exception.  I’ve just finished drafting my first jacket and my first knit pattern.

2. How does my blog differ from others of its genre?
It’s still a work in progress but I aim for the One Thimble blog to go behind the scenes of the One Thimble e-zine, include tips and hacks to help you get more from the included patterns and to focus on the various included designers and authors so you can find some new favourites.

3. Why do I write what I do?
One Thimble and the One Thimble blog are another expression of my “purpose”.  “Finding”sewing has been the most amazing experience of my life.  I want to help everyone who’s keen to give it a go get as much as possible out of their sewing.  I really think confidence is key and I’d like to help people whatever stage they’re at gain the confidence to challenge themselves from One Thimble.

4. How does my creating process work?

I have lots of sketch books, notepads and scraps of paper floating around the place.  Whenever I have an idea I jot it down.  When it comes time to design something or start working on a new e-zine I go through all the ideas and on a few pages summarize the ones that I think will work best for the project I’m planning.  I don’t throw the others away I file them in a crate and if things get really desperate I go check the old ideas crate.  Once I’m happy with the idea – I’ll get Mr Fox to draw it properly for me.  He’s much better at drawing than me and its far easier to draft from his sketches than mine.  Then its a matter or making, trying, re-making till I’m happy with what I have.

Next week I’d like you to visit two other bloggers who’ve contributed to One Thimble:

Samantha from The Handmade Business Mentor who’s contributed an article on Handmade Business to each Issue of One Thimble.  I love reading her blog for Samantha’s take on Handmade Business.

Kylie from Little Moo Designs who contributed the Busy Block pattern to Issue 4.

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1 Comment to “Around the World Blog Hop”

  1. Debra Verrall 29/09/2014 at 5:40 am

    So lovely to read more about you Jen. And good to know I’m not the only one who stores/hordes old notebooks for future reference – I’ve still got sketchbooks from 20 years ago!


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