We have a fabulous new addition to the Hochanda Blog family. Tracy Sutton is joining the ambassador team and will be using her years of crafting experience to bring us a wide range of fun, informative blog posts. We asked her a few questions to get to know her a little better. Here’s what she had to say…
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I live with my mum with our two rescue tabby cats and our two cairn terriers, two guinea pigs and a tortoise. Currently, I am my mum’s carer and work from home running a small but busy medical secretarial business. I enjoy gardening and grow my own vegetables as we are lucky enough to have a fairly large garden. I am a country girl at heart and a bit of a home bird. Crafting is something I’ve done for as long as I can remember.
How did you first get into crafts? Can you remember the very first thing you made?
I first started knitting at around the age of 7-8. I remember the first thing I made was a baby cardigan in green and white flecked wool. After this, I begun to learn tapestry and cross stitch then started watching Dawn Bibby on QVC. The rest is history! She’s to blame for my house being rammed to the rafters with all sorts of crafting materials. I got to meet her for the first time in November 2017 which was a highlight for me after following her for so many years.
Where do you get inspiration for new projects from?
Usually from watching Hochanda, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest etc and then adapt it in my own way. I’m very inspired by nature and particularly flowers, as a keen gardener I love growing flowers from seed and watching them germinate and grow, this is how I view my crafts. Start of small and grow big! I love colours and putting colours together.
What crafting achievement are you most proud of?
Crocheting my first ever blanket, something I never thought I would achieve. My mum has recently started to crochet at age 76, you are never too old to learn new skills!
I’m actually quite a shy person lacking a bit of confidence but my biggest achievements are that I got to run make and take sessions for Crystal Art at the Excel in London and thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was not something I thought I could do but I loved every minute of it.
What new skill would you love to learn?
Tough one this! I’ve always wanted to be able to draw/paint but my artistic skills of this nature are very lacking, hence why I enjoy papercrafting. I try and learn something new to keep my crafty portfolio growing. I’d like to learn to get messy in crafting if that makes sense. I’ve just ventured into the world of mixed media but I’m not keen on getting messy. I’d like to learn Tunisian crochet and the art of intarsia knitting as, despite knitting for over 30 years, I’ve never learnt how to do it. In recent years I’ve learnt to crochet and knit socks, so anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
Have you got any handy tips you could share with our members?
Never throw anything away if you make a mistake on a paper craft project you can cover it up with an embellishment.
Never be afraid to try something new, it might end up being something that you enjoy.
And finally, never give up. If something goes wrong, try again.
What type of posts can we expect to see from you?
It can be anything from knitting, crochet, cross stitch, jewellery making, papercraft, mixed media, I’m a real mixed bag but you can expect posts with a sense of humour! I love being creative and am so thankful to be given the opportunity to become a Blog Ambassador for Hochanda. I love colour and bling so you an expect a lot of these to be included in my projects.