We met exactly eight years ago when I wrote my very first article for issue #55. That was the beginning of a cherished relationship! I'm sure readers are already curious about Blue Hair Girl and have lots of questions about you and the work you do to make a magazine come to life. Let's get started . . .
First and foremost, can you fill us in on your own personal stitching story?
Here's an example of a favorite little onesie I made awhile back.
Every weekend I'm at a state or national park. To disconnect from work I like to soak in the wonders of nature. I’m usually hauling tons of camera equipment and a case of miniatures to photograph. On one hand I'm far away from work but in the back of my mind I'm thinking about it and gathering new inspiration from my surroundings.
Beyond that, product packaging, and even television commercials have inspired me with new ideas. If you can find that "switch" in your head to soak everything in as inspiration you’d be amazed at what you can do!
that long list of responsibilities?
Make an effort to learn to use the tools for your particular machine to find this center point. While I have access to the top-of-the-line machines that can scan for the Snowman, I usually use more basic machine models, or I purposely skip the fancy features when I use top-of-the-line machines. I do this because not everyone has access to the machines with all the bells and whistles.
I know photography is another creative outlet for you. Can you tell us more about the miniatures?
It combines two of my favorite personal hobbies with work. I have always loved miniatures and photography but never dreamed I would merge them with machine embroidery! The miniatures are H-O scale and N Scale – the type of miniatures used for model trains. They are very tiny, not easy to handle, easy to lose and are my prized treasures!
Quite frankly, photos like the bobbin man below give me a chance to be a little silly and portray the creative life in miniature form. It is not without it's own set of challenges, like getting all my "models" to hold steady as I photograph them!
Before we say goodbye, what advice would you give to those who are really new to machine embroidery and are afraid of making mistakes?
I also learned late in life that people that appear to have everything together aren’t necessarily perfect when you look a little deeper! Someone else's approach to a project shouldn't stop you from achieving success using your own methods. The creative process is a never-ending learning process. Start out with small accomplishments and focus on the overall goal, building your skills. To sum it up I would say embrace your own style and don't waste time by not trying or by worrying what others will think!