I learned to knit and sew at an early age. I think it's in the blood.
My gran sewed sailor's uniforms during the war and although she was too old to use it by the time I
remember her, I loved to sit and "pretend" at her treadle operated sewing machine which stood in pride of place in the house.
I grew up watching (and helping) my Mum make a large proportion of the clothes we wore, from fully co-ordinated holiday wear...
to dresses for the Mother and Daughter competition!!!
and ballet dresses for the annual production.
I always had the job of gathering all that netting by hand!!
I remember being the only girl in my class with a home made school dress and hand knitted school jumper. I hated it!!!... just because it was slightly different colour to everyone else's.
I took sewing classes right up to leaving school, learning the correct way to do things, and I was ambitious enough to make my own wedding dress.I made my first quilt when I was expecting my first child. Whatever did I do with that quilt? I wish I had kept it.
Although I was a teacher by profession, my last job was in the UK craft industry, demonstrating products and writing magazine projects. I'm now retired and spend more time "making stuff" than ever before. For some reason I always get my best ideas in the shower and I always have many projects on the go at once.
When I haven't got a needle of some sort in my hand I enjoy gardening, trying to live organically, walking and making hand bound journals.
I sell my own designs of patterns on Etsy, Craftsy, Revelry and LoveKnitting.
If you need to contact me please do so at julietaylor266(at)gmail.com