Hello! My name is Julie, I'm 26 years old and I live in a small town in Scotland with my partner Tom and our 3 adorable pet rats, Doris, Ruby & Roo. I'm the sole author of Heart & Sew, a blog I created to document my crochet pattern design journey. I am completely self taught in almost everything creative I do, and living proof that anybody stubborn enough can learn a new craft if they really want to. No need for expensive classes!
I have been "crafting" for over 4 years, an addiction that started when, due to long term poor health, it was suggested I take up a craft to keep myself busy until I got better. I had always expressed an interest in sewing, so when my boyfriend Tom bought me a sewing machine for my 22nd birthday, I was determined to master it. The first thing I ever made on my machine was a (very flimsy) sock monkey. His arms were wonky, his button eyes big and scary (I named him Coraline) and a seam on his leg quickly burst, but I didn't care - a love of creativity I had long since forgotten had come back to me. After that I wanted to learn every craft out there, and have tried my hand at most things, including jewellery making, polymer clay, decoupage, and card making. I don't like crowds and my poor health prevents me from travelling or going outside often, so I have never taken a single craft course or class (as much as I'd like to be able to!) You can see pictures of everything I have made (and my works in progress) on my Instagram page.
|Cheeky Little Monkey - FREE Pattern|
Another small hobby I have is painting & up-cycling old furniture. I love turning something ugly and unwanted into something beautiful. I like to cook on occasion and have recently been converted to crockpot cooking - it's so easy! My non craft related loves include cats, tea rooms, vintage china and a worrying addiction to home-ware.
In the future I'd love to write articles for a craft magazine as well as share my own patterns & tutorials with the world. My ultimate dream would be to own my own (pastel coloured!) tea room, serving my own home baked cakes. My tea room would also include a gift shop full of handmade gifts by crafters from all over the world!
But for now, I hope you enjoy my blog and will find something that inspires creativity in you.